Legendary jazz drummer, Duffy Jackson, joins NWSA Jazz Ensemble in concert

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Duffy JacksonMIAMI--- The legendary Jazz drummer Duffy Jackson joins the NWSA High School Jazz Combos, in a dynamic evening concert. With a total of 25 students, the NWSA HS Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Jim Gasior, will perform a mix of jazz standards from the repertoire of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and contemporary composer Jeff Steinberg.

The concert will take place on Thursday, April 25 at 7:00 PM. William andJoan Lehman Theatre (Pawley Creative Arts Center), Miami-Dade College NorthCampus - 11380 NW 27th Avenue, Miami FL 33167. Admission to the concert is free.
“Duffy is a living legend and a walking jazz encyclopedia. As a big band drummer, he’s second to none. His work with the students is awe inspiring – nothing short of magical. His work with our students will have a lasting impact,” said Gasior.


Born and raised in Jazz, Duffy Jackson has beenperforming since the age of four, when his father, legendary Jazz Bassist, Chubby Jackson, gave him his first set of drums. By the age of ten, Duffy had built up quite a reputation as the "Jazz Wonderkind", making national television appearances on "I've Got a Secret", "The Mike Douglas Show" and other shows. The day after high school graduation, Jackson packed his bags for California to play a three-week stint at Shelly's Mannhole with Milt Jackson and Ray Brown.  Duffy Jackson's powerful, swinging style has driven such big name bands as Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Lionel Hampton and Illinois Jacquet.  He's also performed with such Jazz legends as Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Eckstine, Stan Getz, Buddy Rich and Harry "Sweets" Edison to name a few. Tutored by Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa and Louis Bellson, Jackson is active in the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE), and has served as artist-in-residence at Valdosta State College, The University of Miami, Youngstown University as well as guest artist/educator for the Collegiate Band Program at Walt Disney World. He conducts rhythm section and improvisational workshops for elementary, high school and college students and frequently holds Master classes for workingdrummers as well. Jackson is a prolific composer, keyboard player, bassist, vibraphonist and vocalist.
Under the direction of Jim Gasior, director of NWSA’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos, numerous jazz students have been recognized on a national scale.  Among their most recent honors, the Jazz Ensemble participated in the Thelonious Monk Institute national Peer-To-Peer Jazz Education Program earlier this year, joining other students from across the nation. In addition, the NWSA Jazz Ensemble has been selected as a finalist band, scheduled to compete in the Essentially Ellington competition in New York City in May.
At New World School of the Arts music students receive one-on-one instruction from accomplished musicians and grow throughdisciplined guidance and training as they develop their personal style and repertoire. Through its educational partnerships, NWSA’s audition-based programs, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance, Music, Theater and Art and Design, offer the high school diploma as well as the BFA and BM college degrees. Areas of concentration in music include: composition, performance, instrumental, piano, strings and voice.

New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools,Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.
For tickets and information, visit nwsa.mdc.edu or contact the Music Hotline at 305-237-7855.