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"Jazz enables us to understand and enjoy the individuality of
each person. It encourages us to listen to one another with empathy.
Jazz music teaches the respect, patience, and attentiveness required to
participate in today's worldwide conversation."
-Wynton Marsalis, World Renown Jazz Musician

Programs | Yazzy (Youth Celebrating Jazz Concert) | Saturday Development Academy | Yazzy Summer Morning Mix | Yazzy Workshops | Artist-in-Residency

16th annual Yazzy Youth Celebrating Jazz Concert

Yazzy presents Battle of the Decades

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Join the students and faculty of Theatre of the Performing Arts of Shreveport (TPA) as we celebrate Jazz Appreciation month and present our 16th annual Yazzy Youth Celebrating Jazz Concert on Friday, April 27, 2018, 7:00 pm, at The Riverview Theatre, 600 Clyde Fant Parkway, in downtown Shreveport. This year’s theme Yazzy presents Battle of the Decades featuring Alter Ego. Alter Ego is an exciting and excellent jazz band from Shreveport, Louisiana. Members Mike Reed, Kionte' Mims, and Eddie L. Spencer, II have been together for years and have perfected a sound comparable to bands twice their size. When these guys play it's not just entertainment, it's an experience.

The Yazzy Youth Celebrating Jazz Concert is designed to highlight local talented youth in collaboration with national renowned professional artists. April is jazz appreciation month. The musical theatre production is about this year’s theme that was chosen and written by Yazzy Veteran students

It is the fall of 1999 and two groups of music loving children become friends at school. Their ultimate plan is to start a band. The children arrange a sleep over and a parent meet and greet. However, they quickly discover that the two dads were once in a singing group called the SmoothJayes. Mr. Johnnie Jackson has a passion for old school music and Mr. Ronnie Carter enjoys new school music! The two men artistic differences led to an abrupt end. So, the two singers haven’t spoken to one another since the big heated argument at the New Year’s Eve Party of 1979. Barry Lattimore, the third band member, is now a big time producer in the music world but he is back to help reunite the two men. Will Johnnie and Ronnie be able to join forces and settle their differences or will they go into the New Millennium with old baggage? Join the talented students of Yazzy as they battle their way through this light comedy with popular music, songs and dances from the 1960s through the 1990s.

Adult tickets (18 & up) are $20.00. Group tickets (20 adults or more) are $15.00 each. Children/Youth (17 & under) tickets are $10.00. Tickets can be purchased (cash or checks only) at 4005 Lakeshore Drive, Monday thru Friday, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, or on the day of the show at The Riverview Theatre. For more information, contact 318-525-0740 or 318-621-8914 or by email at