The L.A. Jazz Society has launched Jazz In Schools in conjunction with Black History Month. It's a unique program in the Los Angeles Unified schools.
The program’s existed for 23 years, and now it reaches about 23,000 students a year. Arts-in-education advocate Lois Saffian coordinates the annual concerts in 45 public schools.
“When I took over about 16 years ago," says Saffian, "I thought it should be a real educational concert. For instance at the concert itself the children learn about the instruments; each musician demonstrates his/her instrument; and they talk about the history of jazz, and the different styles of jazz and the great jazz artists. They come away with full information about jazz.”
The Herb Alpert Foundation, L.A. Department of Cultural Affairs and the Musicians Trust Fund all help to pay for Jazz In Schools.