Jazz Ain't Dead
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Live Jazz Music and Dance Entertainment ReLoaded!
About Jazz Ain't Dead®
Produced by Candice Michelle Franklin, Jazz Ain't Dead® is a young
urban jazz music and dance collective that performs house, acid, funk,
and soul songs with an urban jazz sensibility. Featuring live
dancers, singers, musicians, and live DJ, Jazz Ain't Dead's signature
sound is taking popular classical jazz standards and re-igniting them
into house, acid jazz, funk, and soul. Also in repertory are
contemporary and Nu Jazz covers, original works, and straight-ahead
Jazz Ain’t Dead’s principle music arrangements are composed by Chris
Rob, musical arranger for John Legend and Kanye West among others.
Additional music arrangements are by jazz pianist, Lenny Underwood
(Whitney Houston, Madonna, Common, Faith Evans), Donald Hayes
(Beyonce, Usher, Chaka Kahn, Stevie Wonder), and Marcus
Bell/Bellringer Productions (Def Jam, Interscope, Warner Brothers,
MCA, Sony, Virgin Records, Arista), with Mansa Gory (Horn Arrangements
for JAD). Choreographer for Jazz Ain’t Dead® is Candice Michelle
Franklin (SHAKTI, BLACK TAXI, BRASCO, MACY GRAY). Musical Director
for Jazz Ain’t Dead® is Lafayette Harris (Bring in da Noise, Bring in
da Funk, Color Purple).
Jazz Ain’t Dead® has performed at the Apollo, MTV, BAM Cafe, Mid-
Atlantic Jazz Festival, Joyce SoHo, the Iridium Jazz Club, the
Paradise Theater, the Kumble Theater, the Bowery Poetry Club,
Southpaw, DNA, Nuyorican Poet's Cafe, Jordan’s Lounge, Sage Theater,
The Player’s Club, Rush Arts Gallery, Therapy Bar, and other live
music clubs as well as numerous private events and galas. Jazz Ain’t
Dead® also partners with Mo Beasley’s UrbanErotika, lending musicians
and dancers for their monthly UrbanErotika Juke Joint series,
performing choreographed features with poets and live music as well as
non-choreographed/unscripted, completely improvised jam sessions for
both dancer and musician. During the Summer, Jazz Ain't Dead dancers
teach for the Joffrey Ballet Jazz and Contemporary Summer Dance
Intensive and, during the year, choreographer, Candice Michelle
Franklin, is on faculty teaching advancd jazz to their elite dancers
in the pre-professional trainee program. In addition, Jazz Ain’t
Dead® shares its love of dance with the community by teaching the art
of Jazz dance to elementary school-aged children, through Ready, Set,
Learn, LLC, a summer day camp and after school program providing free
to low- cost activities for children living in the Bronx Housing
projects of New York City. In the future, Jazz Ain’t Dead® hopes to
extend our commitment to the Ready, Set, Learn programs by providing
music lessons as well.
For more information about ongoing productions, artistic
collaborations, and upcoming works, email Jazz Ain't Dead Relations at