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ARTIST CONTRACTED SERVICES
Rebirth is internationally known for providing artists for concert productions, workshops, masterclasses and community music needs.
Rebirth is internationally known for its outstanding concert productions which showcases the finest in Jazz artists such as; Ellis Marsalis, Hank Jones, Horace Sliver, Annie Ross and Eddie Harris to name a few.
JAZZ EDUCATION PROGRAMS • Residencies, Workshops and Master Classes
Rebirth can provide high quality Jazz Music educational programs for the community so residents can have access and exposure to Jazz Music.
Rebirth and WenHa Music has an exciting outstanding music catalog by Detroit stellar internationally known musicians to license to record labels and film companies. Currently, there are 15 companies in the USA, Japan, U.K. and Germany that license the catalog on a regular basis.
LIVE RADIO BROADCAST CONCERTS
Rebirth can partner with Jazz radio stations to produce a live radio broadcast concert series featuring stellar internationally known Jazz artists. For over 15 years, Rebirth in partnership with NPR WDET 101.9 FM Radio presented a historical live radio concert series on the air on the Kim Heron show-Destination Out. The presentation includes live music and interviews.
Rebirth's main objective has been to acquaint young people with American Jazz music. Through these activities Rebirth has infused and develop new musicians, listeners and enthusiast. Some important highlights began in 1988 when Rebirth began presenting Jazz workshops in schools in 1988. Rebirth presented a series of 11 workshops in several Detroit Public Schools including elementary school, middle schools and high schools. One of those schools included a young bassist named Rodney Whitaker who has become one of Detroit's internationally known Jazz artists. The presentations were directed towards students in public high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, in an effort to broaden their musical scope and awareness of Jazz music. The school music departments, faculty, staff, Rebirth's administrative, promotion team and musicians worked in a joint effort to host the workshops. Jazz guru saxophonist and clarinetist talked to high school music students about Jazz improvisation techniques. The school band also performed several of Mr. Harrison's compositions and arrangements in a concert for the entire school. Middle school and high elementary school students were treated to a Jazz concert and had the opportunity to ask questions and address the musicians. Another important highlighted event includes a Rebirth presentation in in 1994 Multi Cultural Jazz Summit and concert involving 14 clarinet players from various high schools in the Detroit metropolitan area These stellar students rehearsed and performed with Wendell Harrison and his world known clarinet ensemble. The concert was presented at the Detroit Institute of Arts. In 2005 Rebirth in partnership with Chamber Music America and YouthVille Detroit, community arts center in Detroit presented a 10 week residency program featuring Wendell Harrison and his Clarinet Ensemble at three Detroit public schools including FLICKS Academy, John R. King Elementary and King High School. The students had an opportunity to work with professional musicians no matter what stage of development of the students. Often lessons involved showing young students how to care for their instruments and how to obtain a sound on the instrument. At the conclusion of the residency, there were three concert presentations showcasing the students at YouthVille Detroit. Rebirth was also successful in presenting another cultural exchange program, Detroit Meets Paris sponsored by Chamber Music American in 2008. The ensemble Quatuour Issy Paris from France in conjunction with Wendell Harrison and his clarinet ensemble presented a workshop at YouthVille Detroit involving talented youth participants. Later that evening, a concert was presented at the Detroit Institute of Arts. These are just some of the highlights of past presentations. During COVID 19 in 2020 Rebirth partnered in a project with Detroit High School for the Performing Arts in a series entitled Detroit Grooves. Wendell Harrison and pianist and composer Pamela Wise presented several of their compositions and arrangements in a vitural presentation Exploring Jazz and It's African Rhythms. The students viewed the stream and were able to ask the musicians questions after the presentation. All of these programs are funded by private donations and grants from the Knight Foundation, Michigan Arts and Cultural Council, Chamber Music America, YouthVille Detroit and the Knight Foundation to name a few.
Artistic Director, Jazz master, saxophonist and clarinetist Wendell Harrison has been teaching jazz programs internationally for 60 years. His knowledge, experience and teaching has helped many musicians across the world. In 1989 out of demand, Harrison published and authored his book, the Be Boppers Method Books Volumes I & II. The Be Boppers Method Book is an invaluable tool to aid musicians in learning jazz improvisation.
Artistic Director, Jazz master, saxophonist and clarinetist Wendell Harrison has arranged several of his original compositions and highlights compositions of arrangers and composers such as Duke Ellington, Horace Silver, Howard Johnson and others for big bands and ensembles. Often visiting several universities, colleges, high schools and community organizations there is a need for arrangements by internationally known Jazz artists.
The Upper Room Master Classes are held once a week, currently at Rebirth's home studio. The Upper Room sessions have been on ongoing exciting, energizing learning and growing experience for all involved. Young musicians from all over come to Rebirth's studio to jam with Wendell Harrison and try out their improvisational ideas, compositions and arrangements. This environment also gives them the opportunity to exchange ideas.
Since 1978 Rebirth is known internationally for it's dynamic concert presentations showcasing worldly known Jazz artists from the Michigan area as well as others. In 1992, Rebirth in partnership with many organizations such as Jazz Hand Productions, The Detroit Jazz Festival, Eastern Michigan University, The Calumet Theater, Lake Superior State College, Michigan Tech University, Marquette University, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Detroit Public Library to produce many exciting concerts featuring the top names in Jazz. The artists included well known Jazz greats such pianists Ellis Marsalis, Hank Jones, vocalist Annie Ross, vocalist Mark Murphy, saxophonist Eddie Harris, percussionist Jerry Gonzalez, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, saxophonist Lew Tabackan, trumpeter Charles Tolliver just to name of few. Recently, in 2021 Rebirth in partnership with the Detroit Institute of Arts produced a breathtaking concert entitled Ambigious Reality which featured a 12 piece ensemble lead by Jazz guru Wendell Harrison. The concert was dedicated to those whose lives were effected by COVID 19.
Since 1998, Rebirth has been presenting a Live Radio Concert series in partnership with Detroit's NPR station WDET 101.9 FM Radio in Detroit. Rebirth has featured many artists on this show which was funded by Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs. The presentations include an interview and performance. Many artists such as pianists John Hicks, Jody Christian, Geri Allen, saxophonists J.D. Allen, Alex Harding, Gary Bartz, trumpeter Jimmy Owens, Charles Tolliver just to name.
Erica Lindsay, Pamela Wise, Wendell Harrison Live on Rebirth's Live Radio Broadcast Series WDET101.9 FM Radio Detroit • W. Kim Heron Show • Destination Out. Also featuring drummer Alex Brooks, bassist Damon Warmack, ancestor Leo Rea on trumpet.
Filmed by Comcast/Infinity Broadcasting produced by Kamal Amen Ra
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