Alaska Jazz Workshop

Providing Jazz Education and Performance Opportunities in Alaska

Anchorage, AK   |  www.akjazzworkshop.org

Mission

The Alaska Jazz Workshop is a 501 c (3) non-profit community service organization formed to cultivate a support and educational system for jazz music and increase community awareness of jazz music. Its mission will be accomplished by providing jazz education programs, music and culture field trips, by presenting student and professional concerts and by networking and complementing programs offered by other jazz organizations in communities throughout Alaska and beyond.

Ruling year info

2001

President

Mr John Bernard Damberg

Main address

1600 Wolverine St

Anchorage, AK 99504 USA

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EIN

92-0173835

NTEE code info

Music (A68)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Problem:
Music students from grade 6-12 only receive a very limited exposure to playing creative music in the public schools. Their training is mostly focused only on learning to read notes, follow the conductor, and to behave. Their depth of music knowledge is very shallow regarding music theory, song forms, music history, and the understanding of other World Music Cultures. Students are rarely given the opportunity develop their inner creative musical spirit using improvisation to take chances, develop self confidence, listening, and teaming skills by creating new, original music of their own. The public schools have jazz bands, but most of the students don't know how to improvise. Passionate, creative music students need affordable after school music programs to explore and develop, and share their love of creating new music with other like minded students.

Adults also share a keen interest in developing their inner creativity thru the study of Jazz improvisation.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Alaska Jazz Workshop Jazz Education and Performance Opportunities Program

The Alaska Jazz Workshop (AJW)offers weekly small jazz combo improvisation classes from September to May for beginning to advanced grade 6 through adult music students. Students perform two or more student concerts each semester open to the public. Instructors include Alaska Jazz Master Artists/educators John Damberg, and Mark Manners.

The AJW also offers a one week intensive Jazz Camp in August each year at the University of Alaska Anchorage Fine Arts Building.
The camp features World renowned Jazz guest artists and Alaska Jazz artists. Students receive 25 hours of instruction from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Student groups are featured in the Student Recital Concert and the guest jazz artist is featured in the Saturday evening AJW Faculty Concert.

Past guest artists include: Amina Figarova, Bobby Shew, Kristin Korb, Jay Thomas, Mimi Fox, Bart Platteau, Michael Davis, Denis Diblasio, Oscar Stagnaro, Allison Miller, Carl Saunders, Jovino Santos Neto, Barney McClure, Peggy Stern, Jon Goforth, Joshua Davis, Paul Lucas, and Nadine Shanti. Alaska instructors include John Damberg, Mark Manners, Rick Zelinsky, Karen Strid-Chadwick, Bob Andrews, Yngvil Vatn Guttu, Bob Andrews, Dirk Westfall, Kerry Maule, and Cameron Cartland.

The AJW also offers yearly Jazz Education and Performance field trips. Past trips have included the 2002-04 IAJE Conventions in New York, City, NY and Los Angeles, CA the 2006-13 Next Generation Jazz Festivals in Monterey, CA, the 2015 Jazz Educators Convention in San Diego, CA, a 2016 Music and Culture trip to Havana, Cuba, and a 2017 Music and Culture trip to New Orleans, LA.

The AJW Jazz Education Outreach program provides 20-25 concerts and workshops for the middle and high schools in South Central, AK

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Artists and performers

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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The goal of the Alaska Jazz Workshop (AJW) is to provide high quality, affordable Jazz Education and Performance Opportunity programs, not currently offered else were in Alaska, to passionate music students from grade 6 through adults in Alaska of all socio-economic levels. The AJW's small combo jazz improvisation classes and August Jazz Camp provide vehicles for students to learn to take creative chances, develop self confidence, listening, and teaming skills through the study of Jazz song repertoire, music theory, and song forms. Students develop their music improvisation vocabulary by mentoring with Alaska Jazz Master Artists and world renowned guest Jazz Artists on a year round basis.

The AJW provides its Jazz Education and performance programs to passionate music students of all socio-economic backgrounds. To support this the AJW has provided over 203 student class tuition and field trip scholarships since 1995. The AJW's Jazz Education Outreach program provides 20-25 concerts/workshops to the middle and high schools of South Central Alaska on a yearly basis to expose new students to the fun art of Jazz improvisation.

The AJW provides 4 weekly small jazz combo education classes to music students from grade 6 through adults on a year round basis. The AJW also runs a one week intensive Jazz Camp at the University of Alaska Anchorage the first week of August each year since 2001. The AJW Jazz Education and Performance Outreach Program provides concerts and workshops in the ASD, Mat-Su, and Kenai Peninsula Borough middle & high schools, at UAA, for many communities in South Central Alaska, in the AJW Weekly Community Jazz Jam Sessions at the S. Anchorage Inspire Cafe, the Organic Oasis, and for local charities including Bean's Cafe, the Children's lunchbox, and the Spirit of Youth. The AJW has also provided yearly Jazz and Music Culture education and performance field trips since 2006 to the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, CA, the 2015 Jazz Educators Convention in San Diego, CA, to Havana, Cuba in 2016, and New Orleans in 2017. These trips are life changing experiences for the students.

The AJW's small combo jazz improvisation classes provide a vehicle for students to learn to take creative chances, develop self confidence, listening, and teaming skills through the study of Jazz song repertoire, music theory, and song forms. Students develop their music improvisation vocabulary by mentoring with Alaska Jazz Master Artists and world renowned guest Jazz Artists on a year round basis.

The AJW provides its Jazz Education and performance programs to passionate music students of all socio-economic backgrounds. To support this the AJW has provided over 203 student class tuition and field trip scholarships since 1995.

The AJW Community concerts and weekly community jazz jam sessions provide a place for people who love to play and listen to Jazz, Blues, Latin, and Funk style music to gather to practice, and enjoy this creative art form. They have a chance to network with each other, make new friends, and share their passion for creative music making. It helps connect these folks and gives them a sense of place and purpose, which is so laking in today's fast paced world!

The AJW, run by President John Damberg, has been providing its classes, workshops, student concert, and community outreach concerts and workshops since since it's inception in 2000. The AJW program services and activities are provided by Alaska Master Jazz Artists/Instructors, and internationally acclaimed guest artists. The AJW's programs are fully supported by class tuitions, donations, grants, and the generous donation of many hours of its volunteers including the AJW Board of Directors.

So Far the AJW has Accomplished:

The Small Jazz Combo Improvisation class was founded by John Damberg in 1995 at the request of ASD teachers and students, because of his creative approach to teaching music while subbing in the ASD. It started with one weekly class at UAA and has grown into 4 weekly AJW classes and a one week AJW August Jazz Camp. It was incorporated as the Alaska Jazz Workshop in 2000 so that it could attract donors and apply for support grants. The AJW is a community based non-profit providing Jazz Education and Performance Opportunities programs in Alaska.

The Alaska Jazz Workshop (AJW) has provided high quality, affordable Jazz Education and Performance Opportunity programs since 2000, not currently offered else were in Alaska, to over 3,000 passionate music students from grade 6 through adults in Alaska of all socio-economic levels. The AJW's small combo jazz improvisation classes have provided a vehicle for students to learn to take creative chances, develop self confidence, listening, and teaming skills through the study of Jazz song repertoire, music theory, and song forms.

The AJW has connected up eager students with Alaska Jazz Master Artists John Damberg, Mark Manners, Nick Petumenos, Kerry Maule, Karen Strid-Chadwick, Rick Zelinsky, Cameron Cartland, George Pierce, Bob Andrews, Yngvil Vatn Guttu, Andy Mullen, Jeff Baird, and George Mancini on a year round basis. It has also provided Alaska students with access to world class Jazz Artists on a yearly basis thru the August AjW Jazz Camp at UAA. Past guest artists include: Kristin Korb, Denis Diblasio, Amina Figarova, Jay Thomas, Mimi Fox, Jovino Santos Neto, Rebeca Mauleon, Bart Platteau,Vince Cherico, Allison Miller, Karl Saunders, Barney McClure, Michael Davis, Oscar Stagnaro, Nadine Shanti, Vick Cherico, Peggy Stern, Paul Lucas, Mike Doolin, Jon Goforth, and Bobby Shew.

The AJW has also provided yearly educational field trips and scholarships to students in need since 2001 to the Next Generation Jazz Festivals in Monterey, CA, Music and Culture trips to Havana, Cuba and New Orleans, LA, and trips to the Jazz Educators Network and the IAJE conferences in San Diego, Los Angeles, and New York.

The AJW provides its Jazz Education and performance programs to passionate music students of all socio-economic backgrounds. To support this the AJW has provided over 198 student class tuition and field trip scholarships since 1995. The AJW's Jazz Education Outreach program provides 20-25 concerts/workshops to the middle and high schools of South Central Alaska on a yearly basis to expose new students to the fun art of Jazz improvisation.

What's next for the AJW
To seek more opportunities to grow and sustain the AJW current programs through grant writing and connecting with more donors. This will enable the AJW hire 1-2 paid administrative staff members to oversee the continued growth of the AjW Programs.

Financials

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Alaska Jazz Workshop

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr John Damberg

John Damberg Creative Music

Term: 2000 -

Mark Manners

John Damberg

John Damberg Creative Music

Karen Strid-Chadwick

Angela Dewey

Yngvil Guttu

Northern Culture Exchange

Cameron Cartland

Nick Petumenos

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