Monday, March 28, 2016

Jesse Hameen II Photo by Judy Sirota-Rosenthal

 Neighborhood Music School (NMS) invites the public to its free Spotlight Talk Series event, “The Journey of a Jazz Musician: From New Haven and Back Again - The Jesse Hameen II Experience,” on Thursday, March 31, 6:30 p.m. at NMS, 100 Audubon St., New Haven.  

Hameen will highlight some of his experiences as a drummer while playing professionally all over the world, from New York to Sweden to France, and with jazz greats including Hank Crawford, Charles Brown and Irene Reid – and many others! He will discuss his involvement in New Haven’s jazz scene, including reigniting the New Haven Jazz Festival several years ago, and what led him to develop the Jazz and Rock Studies program at NMS, where he’s been a beloved instructor for the past 18 years. 

Jesse says “It all began in New Haven, where I grew up living and breathing music. Once upon a time, the city boasted an impressive and happening jazz scene. New Haven prepared me for it all,” he says. “It used to be one of the meccas for jazz. There were a lot of clubs and musicians; it was one of the main stops that jazz artists made. I’m proud to talk about what New Haven did for me.”

The next Spotlight Talk Series event will be:
Aaron Jafferis - “Breaking and Entering: Hip-Hop, Theatre & Community”
Thursday, May 5,
 6:30 p.m.

The Spotlight Talk Series is sponsored by Yale New Haven Health System. Complimentary refreshments provided by A Happy Life Coffee and Tony’s Square Donuts.