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Jazz Education Nonprofit Hosts Benefit Concerts

Jazz Empowers hosts spring fundraiser events in Nashville and New York City.

Jazz Empowers, a national nonprofit that brings jazz programs to students in underserved schools, recently announced a return to its in-person spring fundraiser events. The 2023 Spring benefit concert and student showcase will be hosted in Nashville and New York City, two of the nonprofit’s largest programming hubs. These two cities combined partner with 13 underserved schools and reach 600 students annually.

The Nashville benefit concert will be held on Sunday, April 16 from 2 – 4 p.m., at Analog, located inside The Hutton Hotel. The event will feature performances by members of the faculty band consisting of some of Nashville’s best professional jazz musicians as well as student performances from East End Prep jazz band, a Jazz Empowers participant. Nashville’s faculty band will include Sofia Goodman on drums, Roland Barber on trombone, Dan Hitchcock on tenor sax, and Gus Arnold on alto saxophone

About Jazz Empowers

Established in 2014, Jazz Empowers’ mission is to help close the opportunity gap in music education with the goal that one day all students in America will have the opportunity to learn, love and play jazz. Donations from the last two fundraisers have allowed the nonprofit to grow from serving 1,400 students to 5,000 students in just two years.

β€œWe are extremely excited to have faculty and students perform at some of the premier venues in Nashville and NYC as we raise funds to bring jazz programs to students who would otherwise not have the opportunity to learn music at their school,” said Andrew Johnston, founder of Jazz Empowers.

Nashville benefit concert tickets can be found here.Β For more information onΒ Jazz Empowers, visit


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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.