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Nevada School of the Arts Shines a Spotlight on Symphonic Jazz as they Present “Bird With Strings” – August 29, 2020

Nevada School of the Arts Shines a Spotlight on Symphonic Jazz as they Present “Bird With Strings” a Charlie Parker 100th Birthday Celebration at The “VEGAS” Room on August 29, 2020

Featuring Music Director Justin DiCioccio and Saxophonist Vincent Herring

LAS VEGAS – (July 21, 2020) – Nevada School of the Arts (NSA), a non-profit community-based music education school serving Las Vegas and Southern Nevada, is paying tribute to American Jazz “Be-Bop” pioneer Charlie Parker and presenting a dinner & entertainment of the legendary “Bird With Strings” recordings, at The “VEGAS” Room in the historical Commercial Center of Las Vegas. The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 29, 2020, which would have been Charlie Parker’s 100th birthday.

Alto Saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker was instrumental in changing the face of music when he hit New York in the 1940s. One of Bird’s dreams was to record with a string section, which was realized through “Bird With Strings.” These studio sessions joined the forces of Classical and Jazz communities, creating

Symphonic Jazz and broadening jazz trends in the 1950s and onward, mixing things up instrumentally and stylistically. Led by internationally recognized music director Justin DiCioccio, these legendary orchestral recordings of Charlie “Bird” Parker will be brought to life by guest soloist and Alto Saxophonist Vincent Herring, who will be accompanied by NSA “School of JAZZ@NSA” faculty, Las Vegas Philharmonic musicians and NSA students.

“Charlie Parker was one of the most important figures in the development of modern jazz and in particular Be-Bop. As Las Vegas is known for a place of budding jazz musicians, we are thrilled and honored to be bringing this 100th Birthday honor to the Las Vegas community during these tough times at The “VEGAS” Room,” shares Patrick Duffy, President & CEO of Nevada School of the Arts. “The fact that Alto Saxophonist “Vincent Herring” and “Justin DiCioccio” will transport this important and historical piece of music in Las Vegas is a true JAZZ happening of record”.

In this time of COVID-19; NSA intends to be a community leader to show all Las Vegas, if you keep to guidelines; Las Vegas can deliver experiences in entertainment with safety as the guiding light.

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WeBop Jazz Parties – November 20 and December 18

Join us for a FREE WeBop Jazz Party!

November 20 and December 18
DISCOVERY Children’s Museum
360 Promenade Place, Las Vegas, NV 89106

Experience the excitement and wonder of WeBop, an early-childhood jazz education program for families with children two to five years which invites participants to stomp, strut, and swing to the joyous rhythms of jazz as they learn about the core concepts, instruments, and great performers of jazz.


Upcoming WeBop Sessions:

January 26 – March 16, 2019
March 30 – May 25, 2019

Stompers: 2-3 years old, 10:00a-10:45a
Syncopators: 4-5 years old 11:00a-11:45a

These 45-minute classes are structured with participation from both child and adult, and offer a creative outlet for families to explore jazz through movement, songs, storytelling, and play.

Learn more about WeBop! or Register for a Session

Nevada School of the Arts Welcomes Justin DiCioccio

Nevada School of the Arts Welcomes Jazz Education Hall of Fame Inductee Justin DiCioccio as Artistic Advisor to the School of JAZZ@NSA Program

Justin DiCioccio, an internationally recognized Jazz Educator dubbed “The Musician’s Teacher,” hired to further expand and develop Nevada School of the Arts’ School of JAZZ@NSA Program

Las Vegas – (Nov. 8, 2018) – Nevada School of the Arts (NSA), a non-profit community based music education school serving Las Vegas and Southern Nevada, has hired Justin DiCioccio as Artistic Advisor to the organization’s School of JAZZ@NSA jazz education program.

DiCioccio, a three-time recipient of the Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award, joins the NSA team with an extensive jazz education background, which includes leadership roles with organizations such as the Manhattan School of Music, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Wynton Marsalis, LaGuardia High School of the Arts and New York City All City High School Jazz Program.

“There’s hardly a more experienced musician and educator that Justin DiCioccio,” says five-time Grammy Award winning Jazz performer Maria Schneider. “I’ve enjoyed watching him conduct many groups and have watched scores of his students move on to wonderful careers of their own. His tireless, passionate, intelligent and spirited dedication are a gift to the jazz world.”

DiCioccio will work directly with NSA leadership, notably Nate Kimball, the School of JAZZ@NSA Program Director, to expand the scope of the program and enhance the curriculum being offered to students.

“Justin is an incredibly gifted educator and one of the most genuine people you will ever meet,” Kimball said. “His wisdom, experience and collaborative nature will prove to be invaluable to our students. We have already begun working on some exciting new concepts and ideas to implement into the program.”

School of JAZZ@NSA is a 14-week after school program that focuses on jazz performance improvisation, composition and arranging. The program is one of NSA’s newest educational programs and has shown strong growth and interest since being introduced in 2017.

“I’m proud to be a part of the Nevada School of the Arts family and excited to build the School of JAZZ@NSA into one of the country’s top jazz programs,” says Justin DiCioccio. “I look forward to working with the faculty, staff and students of NSA to create something special for the community.”