Jazz is a Rainbow, a vocal jazz program for urban teens, will be performing "Providence Swings: The Music-Makers of Our City", a celebration of the artists who rose to greatness from Providence. The young ensemble is spending the summer rehearsing six hours a day to prepare the show under the musical direction of internationally acclaimed musicians, Michael Palter and Lynne Jackson, and the artistic direction of Robb Dimmick, learning songs from the jazz tradition, developing vocal phrasing, acting skills and choreography. The original production, conceived by Dimmick and written by Palter and Jackson, celebrates the city of Providence’s musical diversity and promise of its youth with songs by Jeffrey Osborne, George M. Cohan, Frankie Carle, Sissieretta Jones and others.
The project, now in its tenth year, is produced by Opera Providence and funded by RISCA and the Providence Shelter for Colored Children.
The show is free and open to the public.
Need a ride? Uber has offered free rides to and from the performance. Simply use the code SWING14 when signing up.
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The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society
The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society was founded in 1975 with a mission to preserve three centuries of African American history in the state. The Society has amassed an invaluable collection of artifacts that documents African Americans' achievements in military service, business, politics, the arts and education. The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society encourages and promotes the study of African American history by hosting tours, lectures, and exhibits for the general public.