King School 2013 Auction – Saturday, May 18th at 723 N Tillamook St The Second Annual King School Auction is nearly here with a Latin American theme of “Bailamos” or, We Dance! Special guest appearance by Curtis Salgado with Grammy winner Thara Memory’s American Music Program (that’s US!) Before-auction music by the NoPo Big Band.…Details
UPDATE: Our performance is over, but we’ll post a link to the recorded video once it’s available. Now, to wait for the results tomorrow (Sunday) at 1 pm PDT/4 pm EDT. (Use the livestream link below to watch the results as well. We know that the American Music Program’s Pacific Crest Orchestra is competing on…Details
This just in – the American Music Program’s Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra came in second place (behind SFJazz All-Stars Orchestra) in the High School Conglomerate Big Band Division at the 2013 Monterey Next-Generation Jazz Festival! Saxophonist Aaron Reihs, along with Noah Conrad on trumpet were also honored as soloists. Update: See the article about us…Details
Yes, the American Music Program is heading to Lincoln Center in the heart of New York City in mid-May. Why? We’re one of fifteen finalists for the 2013 Essentially Ellington festival, that’s why. But we need your help to get there. Yes, YOU. How can you help, you wonder? Three ways: By attending AMP’s upcoming…Details
First Monterey in April (for the Next-Generation Jazz Festival), now NYC in May! We are pleased to announce that the American Music Program is one of fifteen bands chosen as a finalist to participate in the 18th Annual Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival, held May 10-12, 2013 at Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York…Details
Here it is! The full episode of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Art Beat episode, featuring Thara Memory, Esperanza Spalding, Hailey Niswanger & the American Music Program jazz orchestra! Watch Masters of Jazz: The Next Generation on PBS. See more from KOPB. Now, here’s my pitch: If you believe in the work that Thara does to support,…Details
[singlepic id=82 w=320 h=240 float=left]We’re happy to be heading to Monterey, California again this year as one of six finalists in the Conglomerate Big Band Division in the 2013 Next-Generation Jazz Festival.
We’ll update this post with more information, including a link to streaming coverage once it’s available.
Watch Esperanza sing City of Roses with AMP at a benefit last August, see an interview snippet with Thara Memory, or hear Charles Brown III talk about his experience auditioning for Thara. Watch Watch Esperanza Spalding Sing “City of Roses” on PBS. See more from KOPB. Watch Thara Memory Educates the Next Generation of Jazz…Details
This photo says it all, no? (Courtesy of grammys.com. Photo: Rick Diamond/WireImage.com) From the LA Times Grammy liveblog: “City of Roses” from Esperanza Spalding’s “Radio Music Society” won the instrumental arrangement accompanying vocalists Grammy. The prize went to Spalding and her co-arranger Thara Memory. “Some of you may not know Dr. Thara Memory, but he’s…Details
We cannot wait to see Thara Memory, Esperanza Spalding, Hailey Niswanger and both current and alumni American Music Program jazz orchestra members on Thursday, February 14th at 8 pm on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Art Beat show! (Click here for the currently empty event page on the OPB site – more information should be available as the date draws near…)
But we’re not the only ones – just look at what OPB has to say about the show:
On February 14, OPB will premiere an Oregon Art Beat special “Masters of Jazz: The Next Generation,” which profiles Thara Memory, an acclaimed Portland-based jazz trumpeter and teacher to some very talented musicians in the Northwest who have taken the jazz world by storm, including Esperanza Spalding.
This half-hour special explores the work Memory has undertaken to encourage the next generation of jazz musicians, including founding the American Music Program, a nationally recognized magnet school that educates seventh to twelfth grade students in American jazz music.
“Thara Memory is one of many talented professionals working to shape the future of Portland’s jazz community,” said Jessica Martin, executive producer of Oregon Art Beat. “We are thrilled to bring our viewers a special, inside look into how he has contributed to the rise of a thriving jazz scene – and importantly – the elevation of women in jazz.”
Are you excited as well? Well – these lovely photos (open the page to see them) might just get you as amped up as we are!Details