GRAMMY in the Schools Live! Concert 2/8/2012

Author: 
Julian Ring, 2012 GRAMMY Camp Media Team

Last year's Best New Artist GRAMMY winner Esperanza Spalding performs with students at GRAMMY in the Schools Live! 2012

Watch the video recap of this event here!

“Tonight is all about music and education,” Pat Prescott, 94.7 the Wave DJ and host of GRAMMY in the Schools Live!, said Wednesday night, “two things that need to go together a whole lot more than they have been lately.”

The third annual GRAMMY in the Schools Live! brought together GRAMMY-winning artists and the next generation of musical talent for a spectacular concert to benefit GRAMMY in the Schools and its programs at the University of Southern California.

The GRAMMY Camp – Jazz Session big band, under the direction of Manhattan School of Music’s Justin Dicioccio, began with a jaw-dropping set that covered everything from Dizzy Gilespie to Count Basie.   The GRAMMY Camp Alumni Band then took the stage to play three songs, which included an electrifying cover of Janelle Monáe’s “Tightrope.”

Current nominee Terri Lyne Carrington and last year’s Best New Artist winner Esperanza Spalding performed a diverse selection with members of the GRAMMY Camp – Jazz Session combo and choir.   Spalding’s ability to simultaneously play complex basslines and sing mesmerized the audience.

Spalding said jazz music was fitting for the purpose and theme of the event.

“The culture of the music is community,” Spalding said.  “We want to illuminate that reality.  I’m so glad that [GRAMMY in the Schools] is here.  It’s an experience I couldn’t get at home.”

Spalding also noted the strong influence Carrington had on her as a musician.

“There would be no Esperanza Spalding without Terri Lyne,” Spalding said.  “Everything she does is something that hasn’t been done before.”

The evening was capped with a rousing performance by Anthony Hamilton and students in GRAMMY Camp – Jazz Session.  A journey through hits hits, including “Charlene” and “Woo,” had the audience on their feet.

“Education and practice are really important,” Spalding said.  “These programs are great for students to strive for.”

Julian Ring is an alumnus of GRAMMY Camp and a music journalist living in the Bay Area.  He also served on the GRAMMY eTeam. Julian has written for GRAMMY.com, The Wall Street Journal, and The Oakland Tribune. Kevin Burke is an alumnus of GRAMMY Camp NY and the guitarist for Long Island-based pop-punk band, No Good News. He studies guitar, audio engineering, and music theory at Long Island High School for the Arts and attends Garden City High School part time. You can listen to his music at http://nogoodnews.bandcamp.com/ 

Julian and Kevin are GRAMMY Camp music journalism students who were selected to cover GRAMMY Week 2012 as part of the GRAMMY Camp – Jazz Session media team. To find out more about GRAMMY Camp and to apply for this summer, click here. Deadline is March 31, 2012.

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