Jazz for All Ages
Riffs & Raps® is a family of community-based programs designed to connect audiences from toddlers to seniors with the music and the musicians who make it. The programs all use an interactive approach to educate participants about an essential part of America’s cultural heritage, build the audiences of the future, and use the power of jazz to help broaden the horizons for at-risk young people.
With the strong support of partners and funders including the Boston Public Library Foundation, Music and Youth Initiative, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, the Clipper Ship Foundation, and the Boston Cultural Council, JazzBoston launched Riffs & Raps I in April 2008, Riffs & Raps II in April 2009, and Riffs & Raps III in December 2009. These programs are ongoing. We are also working with community activist Mel King to develop a new multigenerational program.
All three programs are delivered by Arni Cheatham and Bill Lowe, two master teachers/performers selected for their extensive experience developing jazz curricula and their inspirational skills. They continue to refine the programs with each new round.
Click here for information about sponsoring a Riffs & Raps program or bringing one of the programs to your neighborhood community center, library or school.