Jazz Power ON Summer Institute
2019 Faculty
JP 2019 Summer Institute Faculty (left to right): Antoinette Montague, Eli Yamin, Brian Fender, Louise Robinson, Carol Maillard, Tom Dempsey, Shireen Dickson (Photo by Kerry Kehoe)
Jazz Power ON Institute to be held on July 7-8, 2020 in collaboration with Lehman College, City University of New York (CUNY)
New York City, June 9, 2020 - Jazz Power Initiative (JPI), a not-for-profit organization, will be holding its sixth annual Jazz Power Institute online on July 7-8, 2020.

The Institute will address the theme of adaptability, providing strategies and online tools for remotely engaging students from all backgrounds in jazz. Multi-disciplinary master classes in voice, acting, writing, dancing and African American cultural history are part of our JPI training and pedagogy.

This two-day training will be held online at no charge to participants, with support from Lehman College Department of Music, Multimedia, Theatre and Dance; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and JPI’s individual donors.

Among those presenting workshop programs at this year’s Institute are: Sweet Honey in the Rock co-founding members, vocalists and activists Carol Maillard and Louise Robinson; author and educator Mick Carlon; dancer/choreographer, educator and Institute co-chair Shireen Dickson; guitarist, educator and Institute co-chair Tom Dempsey; choreographer and educator Mickey Davidson, vocalist Antoinette Montague and Jazz Power Initiative's Managing Artistic Director, Eli Yamin.

NYC Department of Education Teachers are eligible for 8 hours of CTLE Credit in Content, and all participants will receive a certificate from Jazz Power Initiative. For more information about the Jazz Power ON Institute and registration, please visit 

“Jazz Power Institute is an exciting, collaborative experience for participants and instructors alike, where everyone learns from each other and comes away with an incredible appreciation for how jazz opens all kinds of doors for learning,” said Eli Yamin, Managing and Artistic director of Jazz Power Initiative. 

The Institute will be offered will be offered in English with Spanish translation available upon request. 

About Jazz Power Initiative
Jazz Power Initiative (JPI) is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization founded in 2003. JPI serves over 3100 New Yorkers and visitors annually - students, teachers, artists, seniors and general audiences, ages 8-80+, to promote youth development, and build more creative and inclusive communities through jazz music, theater and dance education and performance. Led by highly experienced teaching artists who are award-winning jazz, theater and dance professionals, JPI offers multidisciplinary training, scholarships and performance opportunities to New York City youth, ages 8-19, from every economic and social milieu through our “open-door” policy, with extended outreach to students in under-served New York City public schools in Upper Manhattan. We currently engage over 500 students and their teachers annually, providing after-school instruction mainly in Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood (where our offices are located) and the Bronx. Our programs include after-school youth masterclasses at the United Palace; our monthly INTERGENERATIONAL JAZZ JAM at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem; local community senior center workshops, and our annual summer institute at Lehman College (CUNY) for teaching artists and educators. 

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JP Summer Institute 2019 participant.(Photo by Stephen Buonanotte)