YOUNG PLAYERS—Playing with the band from left: Leila Quiroce, 13; Alyssa Brinza, 12; and K’aij Gomez, 11. (Photos by J.L. Martello)



The year-long Jazz Generations project at the Father Ryan Center in McKees Rocks got underway Oct. 7 with resident artist Maggie Johnson introducing local young musicians to instrumentation, meter and rhythms unique to various jazz stylings.



THE BAND—On drums Jevon Rushton, on vocals Maggie Johnson, on bass Jason Rafalak, on the keys is Joe Sheehan.


Johnson’s residency is collaboration with JAZZSPACE and is supported by the Heinz Endowments and the Pittsburgh Foundation through the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh grant programs. Students meet every Monday from 6p.m. to 8p.m. at Arts Center, 420 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks, Pa. 15136.

The program is free and open to interested students, regardless of experience, age 11-15. For more information call 412-771-3052.



HOW IT WORKS—Maggie Johnson speaking to the kids about how the  jazz session is going to work.




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