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Vincent York

Vincent York
Jazzistry / jazzistry.org

Musician/educator Vincent York had an idea--to combine the beauty and power of jazz with the importance of history.  From there, the educational program known as "Jazzistry" was born.  York sat down with WEMU's Michael Jewett to discuss how Jazzistry got started and what it has accomplished in its 25 years. 

Vincent York
Courtesy photo / Jazzistry

For the past 18 years, saxophonist, flutist and educator Vincent York has carved out a unique niche in the Southeastern Michigan jazz and educational community with his multi-media and live performance program, Jazzistry.  Saturday, November 12th, Vincent, his band and Jazzistry board members will receive national recognition for the program from The National Association for Multicultural Education, N.A.M.E.  At the closing banquet of the convention Vincent York and Jazzistry will receive The Founder's Award for outstanding national multicultural program: The Rose Duhon-Sells Award of the National Association for Multicultural Education.

Duke Ellington Performing

As April and Jazz Appreciation Month comes to a close with International Jazz Day this Thursday, April 30th, I would like to share a personal jazz experience and how my musical appreciation continues to grow through my friendship with saxophonist Vincent York of Jazzistry.