FRANKFORT, Ky. — Jazz music fans won't want to miss a special concert that is the culminating performance of a Kentucky Arts Council Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship, at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at Natasha's Bistro and Bar in Lexington.
Emmy award-winning composer and pianist Jay Flippin and apprentice, well-known central Kentucky pianist Elise Melrood, will team up for an evening of jazz standards featuring favorites by Dave Brubeck, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and other jazz greats.
Flippin and Melrood applied for and received a folk and traditional arts apprenticeship from the state arts agency for fiscal year 2013. The pair met for 20 hourlong sessions over the course of the year. Flippin, considered a master jazz musician on local and national scales, shared knowledge, technique and history of the craft with Melrood.
"I'm really happy that my playing has changed, and is still changing," said Melrood. "This is the beginning of a lot more years of playing jazz. It will be evolving; it feels like a solid beginning that I've gotten in the jazz world with Jay."
The arts council provides up to $3,000 for approved apprenticeship grants for a Kentucky master traditional artist to teach skills, practices and culture to a less experienced artist from the same folk community, during the course of a year.
"These apprenticeships are vital to conserving Kentucky's cultural way of life and ensuring folk and traditional arts can be enjoyed for generations to come," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "This particular pairing was unique, as they were able to demonstrate quite easily how Kentucky's jazz community is indeed an important folk community."
Natasha's Bistro and Bar is located at 112 Esplanade Alley in Lexington. Admission is $8. For more information about the concert, visit http://www.beetnik.com.
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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