JAF’s 2017 Duke Madison Scholarship recipient, Thomas Kikuchi, has returned from Jazz camp and provided us with a summary of his remarkable week. Click HERE for the full story.
The Executive Committee has determined that there is not enough new business to be discussed to warrant a board meeting in June and a July meeting would be too close to the Holiday. The next scheduled Board Meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 2nd at 6PM at the Tates Creek Library in their small meeting room unless notified otherwise.
May marks the beginning of the eighth year for the Jazz on the Porch FREE live jazz series at Talon Winery. The series concerts are held on the last Sunday of the month from May to September and feature a different group of musicians each month. Again this year the musicians are being sponsored by O’Donnell Family Dentistry, the venue is provided by Talon Winery, and publicity was made possible by a Community Grant from IBM. Bring your picnic basket, chairs, tables, blankets, children, and ears for a great outdoor Jazz treat. Wine, beer and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Click HERE for more information.
The Jazz Arts Foundation has awarded its 2017 Duke Madison Memorial Scholarship to Thomas Kikuchi. The son of Ken and Paige Kikuchi, Thomas is currently a Senior at Lafayette High School and is a member of the Central Kentucky Youth Jazz Arts Orchestra (CKYO JAO). His primary focus is the piano, but he is also accomplished on the drums. After graduation Thomas plans on majoring in engineering at Northwestern University.
By accepting this award, Thomas will be granted tuition and lodging at Jamey Aebersold’s Summer 2017 Jazz Workshop in Louisville, KY. This workshop has the well-deserved reputation for producing the best in intensive programs for learning jazz improvisation. Staff members there are dedicated to providing an intensive learning experience in Jazz.
The Duke Madison Memorial Scholarship was created to honor legendary Lexington saxophone icon, Clarence “Duke” Madison. The board of directors of JAF created this scholarship in 1992 to preserve his legacy. Mr. Madison is remembered for sharing his musical genius with the Lexington community for over 50 years.
Click HERE for more information about Duke Madison, the scholarship, and a list of past recipients.
by Brenda Stratman, JAF/CKYO JAO Liaison
There will be no board meeting in May as determined by the Executive Committee via email. The next board meeting date, time and location will be determined by the Executive Committee and conveyed to Directors via email and posting to this website.