Sunday, April 3, 2016

Jazz YouTube Channels 3

This week I wanted to build off of my previous Jazz YouTube Channel posts, and share some more channels dedicated to music.

Read Jazz YouTube Channels and Jazz YouTube Channels 2.

Jazz YouTube Channels 3

1. Monk Institute of Jazz 

The Thelonious Monk Institute is a nonprofit music education organization dedicated to jazz education. The Institute has an annual competition, hosts a graduate-level program, and organizes education programs in public schools throughout the United States. The Monk Institute YouTube channel has footage from past competitions, as well as a few masterclasses. My favorite video on the channel is a masterclass with drummer Max Roach where he teaches public school children about improvising.

Watch the masterclass with Max Roach here:

2. NYU Steinhardt Jazz Studies

New York University is an American college with an active jazz program. Its YouTube channel is an invaluable resource to learn about jazz and it contains many interviews with jazz musicians, including Joe Lovano, Herb Alpert and Wayne Shorter. My favorite video is an interview with saxophonist Wayne Shorter where he talks about the power of superheroes.

Watch an interview with Wayne Shorter here:

3. International Jazz Day

International Jazz Day is an annual event hosted by UNESCO to celebrate jazz as a tool for peace and unity among world cultures. This year the event will be hosted at the White House with President Obama. The International Jazz Day YouTube channel promotes this event, as also has footage from past events. One of my favorite videos on this channel is a video from the 2012 festival, with vocalist Lalah Hathaway, bassist Esperanza Spalding and trumpeter Roy Hargrove.

Watch the International Jazz Day video here:

4. My Music Masterclass

My Music Masterclass is a YouTube channel dedicated towards providing online musical lessons. This channel is a great resource for musicians, beginning or professional, since the videos share insights on all aspects of playing music. One of my favorite videos from this channel is saxophonist Dave Liebman's masterclass where he talks about how melodies have a clear beginning and ending.

Watch Dave Liebman's video here:

5. Loyola University Film and Music Industry

Loyola University in New Orleans and hosts a College of Music and Fine Arts. The YouTube channel for this division of the college has videos of masterclasses, lectures, and workshops with various musicians including Ron Carter, Rufus Reid, and Gary Burton. One of my favorite videos from this channel is a masterclass with bassist Ron Carter where he speaks about his personal journey as a musician.

Watch the masterclass with Ron Carter here:

Final Thoughts: 
YouTube is a great resource to discover music through online masterclasses, lectures, concerts, and workshops. 

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