Jazz scholars at Kenwood, surgery at Akiba, silent auction at Ray

Staff Writer

Five band students at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., were selected as “Ravinia Jazz Scholars” for the 2012-2013 year. The students, who are under the instruction of Kenwood Band Director Gerald Powell, are five out of the 28 Jazz Scholars in this year’s program.

Through Ravinia’s Jazz Scholar Program, talented high school students are mentored and coached by Chicago’s finest jazz musicians. Mentors serve as role models that offer inspiration, advice and intensive training through master classes, audition based ensembles and individualized instruction.

The scholars benefit from numerous performance opportunities including Music Matters and Ravinia’s Martin Theatre in June. In
addition, the Jazz Scholar Ensemble is often invited to perform at events throughout the city. Each summer the Scholars are sent to the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Camp in Louisville, Kentucky, a prestigious training center for pre-professionals.

Kenwood Ravinia Jazz Scholars and their mentors:

  • Trombone: Jazz Mentor Audrey Morrison
  • Kayla Jones / senior / Kenwood
  • Trumpet: Jazz Mentor Pharez Whitted
  • Giancarlo Jerry / sophomore / Kenwood
  • Piano: Jazz Mentor Willie Pickens
  • Bennett Hensey / sophomore / Kenwood
  • Drums: Jazz Mentor Ernie Adams
  • Leonard Maddox / senior / Kenwood
  • Percussion: Jazz Mentors Gerardo de Oliveira and Alejo Poveda
  • Emmanuel Duncan / sophomore / Kenwood

School news in brief:

Heart surgery at Akiba
The 7th/8th grade class at Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School, 5235 S. Cornell Ave., got to watch open heart surgery at the Museum of Science & Industry on Oct. 26.

Toni at Ancona
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle visited classes at The Ancona School, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave., to discuss the re-election of U.S. President Barack Obama on Nov. 7.

Open House at Kenwood
There will be a middle school open house at the Kenwood Academic Center, 5150 N. Blackstone Ave., from 6:30 p.m to 8 p.m. on Nov. 15. The open house is for parents interested in exploring middle school options for their children.

Food drive at Murray
The Chicago Bulls kicked off its 2012 Holiday Food Drive at Murray Language Academy, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave.
Each year, the Chicago Bulls partner with Midway Moving and Storage and Vienna Beef to collect non-perishable food items for the Greater Chicago Food Depository Holiday Food Drive. The basketball franchise creates a competition for the drive by offering tickets to a Bulls game and an in-school Bulls Day celebration that includes a visit from Benny the Bull, Bulls personalities and free promotional items to winners from participating schools.
Those interested in donating non-perishable food items can drop them off at Murray from through Nov. 30.
For more information on the Greater Chicago Food Depository holiday food drive visit chicagosfoodbank.org.

Happenings at St. Thomas
St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., is conducting its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive for the needy in the community. The school will collect items through Friday, Nov. 16. Students will then sort and pack the collected items for delivery.
The annual St. Thomas the Apostle Christmas Bazaar and Breakfast with Santa will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 1., at the school.
The next St. Thomas the Apostle Elementary School, Open House for prospective families is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The middle school science fair at St. Thomas the Apostle Elementary School will take place on Friday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Silent auction at Ray
On Thursday, Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., is hosting a silent auction event at the school. Dinner and live entertainment will be featured at the event. The school is asking community members to donate items such as unused gift cards, museum passes, sports or movie tickets for the silent auction segment of the event. They are also interested in donations such as art and crafts or services such as a massage session or music or photography lessons.
All the money raised from the auction will help fund the preschool arts program.
For more information call the school at 773-535-0970.