Conservatory of Music graduate student and alto saxophonist Nir Naaman is one of the jazz artists under 30 selected to participate in the 2010 Kennedy Center international jazz residency and performance program March 15-28. Called Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead Program, it is now in its 13th year under the guidance of Dr. Billy Taylor, Artistic Director.
The program identifies outstanding, emerging jazz artists across the globe. The two-week residency includes daily workshops and rehearsals with established jazz artists and culminates in three concerts on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, which will be broadcast live over the internet at 6 PM on March 24, 25, 26. The instructors counsel participants in polishing their performances, compositions, and arrangement skills. Past instructors have included pianist Kenny Barron, trumpeter Terence Blanchard, bassist chip Jackson and trombonist Curtis Fuller.
Betty Carter, who possed one of the era's most extraordinaly voices, was devoted to jazz education. Her Jazz Ahead program, which she brought to the Kennedy Center in 1998 has launched the careers of several of today's stars including Cyrus Chestnut, Jason Moran and Jacky Terrasson.