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February 19, 2015IM -
Famous jazz vocalist and Grammy winner, Al Jarreau of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA), taught a master class to a group of students from three separate performing arts schools in the Philadelphia area as part of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts’ three day Artists N Residency program.
Jarreau sang a little, but mostly he listened to the students perform. “I’m loving it. I’m loving it,” he said, “There’s some good singing going on here.”
He didn’t just teach music lessons, but life lessons as well. Giving kids tips they would need in all walks of life, and doing his best to share his passion for music.
“The important thing is that they kep the music in their lives even though they may not have a music career.” Says Jarreau. “It’s because music changes them and makes them joyous people.”
Crystal Cosme, a 17-year-old attendee remarks on the experience, “I didn’t know I had it in me. All of my heart just poured out.” She said Jarreau stopped her after her performance. “He told me to keep going (and said) I have good control, so it made me feel great.”
The following day, Jarreau sang along with the kids, and you can listen to their rendition of “Take Five” below.