The Youth Jazz Ensemble of DuPage (YJED) is planning for a professional record session in May 2022.
We go into a professional recording studio with the best charts of the year, and spend several hours doing multiple takes with the recording engineers to get it all right. But then it takes another three months behind the scenes of post-production pro mastering, and pro mixing to create the polished final recording. That's a lot of professional work. And all this is funded by contributions. This is where you can help.
YJED Alumni have commented:
- YJED has given me some of my most meaningful musical memories, and the recording project creates a lasting way to preserve these memories. In addition to being a great collection of an incredible year of music-making, the experience of an authentic studio recording is truly priceless, and I hope that ensembles in the future are able to have the same opportunity as I did (RL, 2015-2018)
- I think a pro recording experience is one that every young musician who wants to make music in the future should experience, as there is nothing quite like working with the equipment in a professional studio and ultimately hearing yourself play on a professionally recorded and mastered track. (MA, 2016-2019)
- To actually experience and participate in a live recording session with this jazz band would be a dream come true. Many of my teachers say they never got to produce a professional recording until college or even after. With that said, to have the great opportunity to be a part of the collaborative recording process would be incredible. Ever since the beginning of the year, this has been an event on the YJED calendar that I have been looking forward to with much excitement, and I truly cannot wait for our recording day. (RK, 2018-2020 before his 2019 recording session)
We appreciate all of your support and the encouragement of these very talented young musicians!
The Youth Jazz Ensemble of DuPage (YJED) is a non-profit 501 (c) founded in 1999 by Robert Blazek. Our mission is to assemble, by audition the top high school jazz talent in the DuPage and surrounding areas and combine their skills in the performance of jazz music literature. YJED creates the opportunity to work with professional studio musicians as well as college professors in the Chicagoland area. These masters in the jazz field share their talent through rehearsal clinics, concert performances, and our yearly studio recording projects. Through these experiences, YJED students gain the love and tradition for America's own great music - jazz