Jazz Institute of Chicago

Jazz Builds the Future - Give today!

Your gift to The Jazz Institute of Chicago:

  • Shapes Future Leaders
  • Provides Real World Professional Development
  • Creates Community
  • Builds Confidence

Several years ago, a group of students started a journey with the Jazz Links program at the Jazz Institute of Chicago.  Now, as aspiring professionals in a diverse array of arenas, they share common threads gained through their experience in a real-world education program.
Your support helped them and countless others build their entrepreneurial skills, expand their musicianship, gain real-world professional development, learn essential leadership skills and join a vibrant and passionate community. Be part of shaping the future of jazz and help us raise $20,000 to finish 2013 in the black by making a contribution of $250 or more. Join members, staff and the Board of the Jazz Institute who will match the first $10,000 contributed to our annual fund. Give today!
Want to find out how your gift keeps on giving? Read on to find out more about where they are today:
John Foster - Student, graduating May 2013 with BSA in Jazz Performance
John embraced a musical future after seeing saxophonist Ari Brown and trumpeter Orbert Davis at a Jazz Institute of Chicago performance at his school.  His participation in Jazz Links helped him build a strong real-world foundation; teaching professional musicianship and connecting him with the Jazz community. The intergenerational mentorship left and continues to leave a mark on his journey. He is currently studying Jazz Performance at a New York University and anticipates graduating in May of 2013. 
Jake Reccia - Financial Professional
Jake is currently working for a major financial entity in Chicago, but regularly performs in Oak Park, IL.    Jazz Links left him well prepared for community leadership and a strong desire to make a significant contribution to the arts.  Having the opportunity to work on his personal craft within a community of different people taught him how to make music with a positive attitude. Jake received his undergraduate degree in Jazz Studies and plans to return to school to pursue a graduate degree in Jazz or Classical Performance.
Jonah Parzen-Johnson - Professional Musician
Jonah splits his time between freelancing in New York, touring with Zongo Junction a Brooklyn based Afrobeat ensemble, and touring solo, performing his music for saxophone and analog synthesizer. Jazz Links helped him build his entrepreneurial skills by providing a comfortable environment to explore larger responsibilities and experience with real-world music and professional decisions. Jonah completed his masters degree in jazz saxophone performance at Manhattan School of Music in 2012, and has released two solo recordings on Primary Records.
Cole DeGenova - Professional Musician
Cole is a professional pianist, vocalist and songwriter.  As a Jazz Links student, he relished the opportunity to meet professional musicians, young and old and embraced opportunities to lead or organize projects.  Jazz Links taught him appreciate the teaching power of challenge, give respect and work within a team.  Cole is currently working on a new multimedia project that includes original work and performing nationally and internationally.
Capria Berry - Graduate Student in Higher Education and Student Affairs
Capria joined Jazz Links as a teenager who knew very little about the music.  As her knowledge grew, so did her connection with other students.  She realized the power of mentorship through her experience with the program and decided to pursue a career in education.  The lessons in autonomy, teamwork, flexibility and the emotional impact of music are ones she carries with her to this day.  Capria is currently a first year graduate student in the Higher Educaton and Student Affairs MA program at New York University and work as an Assistant Residence Hall Director at the School of American Ballet.


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