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Jazz House Kids Ready to Celebrate “Most Influential Year in Jazz”

The nonprofit's April 17 Spring Gala will feature performances from six seminal 1959 albums

The Jazz House Kids Big Band
The Jazz House Kids Big Band will perform at the group’s spring gala on April 17. (Photo: Richard Conde)

Jazz House Kids, the dynamic and growing community arts organization, had just eight students when it first launched in Montclair, N.J., in 2002. Founded by Melissa Walker, a jazz vocalist and educator, the organization has since served more than 50,000 young people, who have performed for over half a million music fans.

On April 17, Jazz House alumni, along with several special guests, will celebrate the 60th anniversary of what arguably still stands as jazz’s most creative year—1959—by performing tracks from six seminal albums recorded six decades ago.

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