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As Center of Life’s first youth program, COL Jazz is a student-centered learning program that engages students as instrumental musicians. Through COL Jazz we teach music theory and other essential fundamentals as we prepare our students to perform. The program has produced numerous albums of original compositions that integrate the history-rich tradition of jazz with the fresh new creative sounds of today.

Center of Life Jazz offers FREE music education and performance opportunities for youth across the Pittsburgh region.

COL Jazz Programs

Jazz Combo

Time: 6:0pm – 7:30pm, Mondays

Location: St. Stephen’s Parish Hall – 150 East Elizabeth St. Pittsburgh, PA 15207

This group will focus on learning how to play and compose in genres such as Rock, Country, Latin and Jazz.

An audition is required.

Large Ensemble

Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Location: St. Stephen’s Parish Hall – 150 East Elizabeth St. Pittsburgh, PA 15207

The COL Jazz Large Ensemble will concentrate on playing jazz and popular Big Band repertoire as well as original music arranged and composed by COL Jazz students and staff.

Open to intermediate level students.

COL Bucket Band

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Thursdays

Location: St. Stephen’s Parish Hall – 150 East Elizabeth St. Pittsburgh, PA 15207

The COL Bucket Band offers students in 1st through 4th grade the opportunity to learn the basics of playing the drums. By hitting the sides, center, and rim of the bucket students will learn Hip-Hop and funk beats as a group. The basics of rhythm reading, dynamics, and blend will be our focus as we teach the students about drumming. Buckets and sticks will be provided to the students.

Booking Information

Looking to book the COL Jazz band for you next event?

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HOW WE STARTED

Along with his sons, Tim Jr. and Isaiah, Executive Director Tim Smith Sr. started COL Jazz band in 2000. The band was given a jump-start with the help of friends Cornelius Martin and Doug Ransaw who supported the group with their time, talent, and equipment. Since then, the band has expanded to include many musically talented students from middle school through college.

COL JAZZ PERFORMS AT THE 55th ANNUAL MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL!

After winning the Open Combo Division at the Next Generation Festival in April of 2012, COL Jazz returned to Monterey California to perform at the 55th annual Monterey Jazz Festival!

Performing in front of a PACKED house at the Coffee House Stage, COL Jazz brought their signature East Coast sound to California’s Monterey Bay. With the crowd hanging on their every note, COL Jazz made a big impression on concert goers and fellow musicians alike at the prestigious festival. Check out their performance in video below, or visit the Monterey Jazz Festival post to see more pictures and video.



 FEATURED PERFORMANCES

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After a tremendous performance at the Next Generation Jazz Festival in April of 2012, COL Jazz returned to Monterey to perform at the 55th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September 2012. With a 90-minute set including some of the tunes that won them the Open Combo Division in April, the band wowed the crowd at Monterey leaving standing room only in the packed Coffee House Stage!

Learning from their experience in 2011, COL Jazz took 1st place in the Open Combo Division at the 2012 Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey California! As part of their prize, the band got the opportunity to return to Monterey to perform for 90 minutes at the Monterey Jazz Festival!

In April 2011 COL Jazz took 2nd place in the Open Combo Division at the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey California! It was a tremendous honor to participate in such a prestigious festival. To learn more about the NGJF, check out their website here. Be sure to check out WDUQ’s story about the competition here, or listen to the interview here.

In the summer of 2009, COL Jazz was honored to participate in Warhol Live, an exhibition that examined Warhol’s work through the lens of music and the performing arts. Along with the KRUNK Movement, COL Jazz performed live at the Andy Warhol Museum as a featured Youth Performance.

Also in 2009, COL Jazz and the KRUNK Movement were featured performers on Fresh Fridays, a project of The Charm Bracelet Project Fund. Throughout the summer, the band performed on the Fresh Friday stage as part of the event.

In 2006 COL Jazz band was privileged to be the opening performance at Jazzin’ on Jefferson, an international Jazz festival in Detroit, Michigan.