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The Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts Jazz Ensemble 1: In the Pocket

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Those who argue that young people are learning jazz “by the numbers” and can’t possibly grasp its subtler nuances should listen to this mind-blowing album by Dallas,Texas' Booker T. Washington HSPVA Jazz Combo 1, showcasing incarnations of the sextet from 2001 and ’02. Granted, this isn’t your average garden-variety Jazz Studies program (simply listing its awards would require another page); nevertheless, it does offer proof that high school students (some of them, at least) can not only grasp the fundamentals of the music but use that foundation to build a sturdy framework within which to liberate their own creative impulses. ...



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