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The Jazz & Democracy Project® exclusive artist interviews form the foundation of the J&D curriculum. Excerpts from these interviews are both transcribed in the J&D course book, and played aurally for students, providing first hand insight into the jazz process from emerging and established jazz masters.
The Jazz & Democracy Project® puts live music directly in front of students on Musician Day. So far, over 60 musicians have played for J&D students, turning the ordinary classroom into an interactive jazz hang where students interact with musicians both musically and through Q&A. Musicians share their insights on the music—and sometimes on democracy—helping students get further inside the jazz process. From this first hand experience students are treated not only to a private concert, but to an intimate understanding of the music and what is required of musicians who play it.
The Democracy Jam® is J&D’s civic engagement vehicle. Students are asked how they would like to participate in democracy, be it a pressing issue such as poverty, or through a profession that interests them. Later in the course, after locating people who work on these issues or in these fields, J&D students Democracy Jam® with guest speakers. Like a jam session, a Democracy Jam® is a structured yet free flowing conversation that requires preparation. Students prepare questions based on the guest’s biography or resume, but a free exchange of ideas is encouraged. Each guest is encouraged to tell students what skills it took for them to reach the current place in their career so that students can decide if they truly want to pursue this issue or career, and if so, how to begin moving in that direction right away.