2006.04.03 > For Immediate Release
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UNO Student Selected for Prestigious Jazz Residency
Omaha - A University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) student will spend a week in Washington, D.C., this spring making music with some of the country's top jazz musicians.
Jazz pianist Jordan Elsberry, a creative writing major from Fremont, Neb., has been selected to participate in Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead Residency Program at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts April 12-22.
The Jazz Ahead program identifies outstanding, emerging jazz artists in their mid-teens and twenties, and brings them together under the tutelage of experienced artist-instructors who coach and counsel them, helping to polish their performance, composing and arranging skills.
The weeklong residency program will include daily workshops and rehearsals with established jazz artists, and will culminate in three concerts on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, which will be broadcast live over the Internet.
Carter, who possessed one of this era's most extraordinary voices, was devoted to jazz education. She brought her Jazz Ahead program, which has launched the careers of several of today's stars, to the Kennedy Center in 1998.
"This is a real honor for Jordan, and we are proud to claim him as one of our own," said Pete Madsen, coordinator of jazz studies at UNO. "This opportunity will enable him to excel and grow as a composer and musician. He is a talented young man and very deserving of this recognition."
Elsberry, 19, is the son of James and Ardeth Elsberry of Fremont. "I'm looking forward to meeting other composers and players of my generation, generating new connections," he said. He is the recipient of a scholarship from the Earl Family Fund for Excellence in Jazz Studies and a Regents Scholarship.
For more information, contact Madsen at 402.554.2297 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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