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Metta Quintet: Big Drum / Small World

Read "Big Drum / Small World" reviewed by John Kelman

While the old adage, “those that can, do; those that can't teach" once had meaning, its verisimilitude in a jazz world where artists are increasingly forced to turn to education as a means of steady income would appear to be in jeopardy. But there have always been artists deftly committed to both teaching and doing.New York City's JazzReach has been promoting jazz to public school students and beyond since 1994, largely through its resident Metta Quintet. Big Drum ...

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Metta Quintet: Subway Songs

Read "Subway Songs" reviewed by Russ Musto

Songs about trains have always been a part of the jazz lexicon. Billy Strayhorn's “Take The A Train was an early tribute to New York's 8th Avenue subway line, but its seems a while since the city's much maligned mass transit system has been honored in music. On Subway Songs the Metta Quintet presents a program of nine original tracks “inspired by the many facets of the New York City Subway experience. The group, the resident ensemble of JazzReach, a ...

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Metta Quintet: Subway Songs

Read "Subway Songs" reviewed by Robert R. Calder

You might not expect a jazz performance of quite this blazing class from a band at the centre of a charitable educational venture, but you should never take music of this spirit and vigour for granted anywhere. Feel free to learn more about JazzReach (Performing Arts & Education Association, Inc.), which was founded by the quintet's drummer, H. Benjamin Schuman. The published details of the association's programmes may well lend great ideas to kindred ventures. This official ...

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Metta Quintet: Going to Meet the Man

Read "Going to Meet the Man" reviewed by Celeste Sunderland

Drummer H. Benjamin Schuman is the founder and director of JazzReach, a Brooklyn based not-for-profit organization that takes its educational jazz programs on the road to expose students to the often hidden away piece of American culture known as “jazz."“Jazz has the ability to enrich and elevate them in ways that a lot of pop music doesn't," Schuman explains. “The music is a really vital, exciting art form and it isn't a part of the standard classroom curriculum, ...


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