Welcome to BigJoeDuskin.org !!!

 

Music education for young children seems to be considered a luxury in America.  Absolutely not.  It is more of a requirement than Reading, Writing and Arithmetic.  Click here to learn how music education increases children's intelligence and "learning to play a musical instrument changes the brain, leading to a slew of potential benefits, including improved learning and understanding of language."

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Our mission is:

 "To provide educational music experiences and encouragement to participate in school band for as many public school students as possible, primarily using local professional musicians."

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In the panel on the left, you'll find pages with all the info on the great things we've been doing.  Since 2010, over 20,000 students have seen our 70 performances in Greater Cincinnati elementary schools.  We changed gears a bit in fall 2014 and started writing checks to elementary schools for their music programs.  We choose schools based on their state exam scores, starting at the bottom of the list.  Music education for young children improves their language, math and science skills and these are the children who need help the most. 

Click on Cincinnati in the left panel for all the details.

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We are starting our high school program !!!

On Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 7pm, please join us for an evening of "Swingin' with Count Basie" at Deer Park High School. This is the premiere performance of the Big Joe Duskin Foundation Orchestra !!!

All proceeds benefit the Deer Park High School music program.

Deer Park's jazz ensemble will perform the first few songs, then our orchestra will perform an evening of all Count Basie favorites, including "All Of Me", "Fly Me To The Moon", "Blues In Hoss' Flat", "Shiny Stockings" and many more.

With 21 musicians all together, you can't help but have a great time !!!

Tickets are available at the school office or call 513-891-0010. Tickets can also be purchased at Crawford Auditorium at the school during their 69th annual performance of "Park
ers" on Friday & Saturday, April 24 & 25.

Click here for more details on "Parkers".

Our new orchestra is available to perform high school fundraisers like this and community events throughout Greater Cincinnati and includes:

Philip Paul, drums - King Studio drummer and toured with Woody Evans Trio for 25 years
Art Gore, drums - Toured with George Benson for five years and CCM professor
Scott Pazera, bass - Jazz Band Director at Wabash College
Brian Batchelor-Glader, piano - Xavier professor
Brandon Coleman, guitar
Michael Dudley
, trumpet
Scott Belck, trumpet - Director of Jazz Studies at CCM and toured with Manhattan Transfer and the Woody Herman Orchestra
Hank Mautner, trumpet
Kenneth L Traylor, trumpet
Marc Fields, trombone - Toured with Ray Charles for six years and CCM professor
Charles Dong, trombone
Josh Omaits, trombone
Eric Campbell, trombone
Garin Webb, alto sax
Ben Walkenhauer, alto sax
Randy Villars, tenor sax
Oz Landesberg, tenor sax
Paul Batchelor-Glader, baritone sax
Dixie Karas, vocals
Jamie Taylor, vocals
Wade Baker, Artistic Director, conductor and trumpet

And please remember, all of this is made possible through proceeds from the Cincy Winter Beerfest (mid-Feb) and the Beerfest On Fountain Square (Sept 11 & 12).

www.CincyBeerfest.com has all the great details.

We couldn't do this without your support !!!

King Studio legend Philip Paul will perform drums on "Shiny Stockings", which Frank Foster wrote about a childhood friend who later became Philip's wife, Juanita Paul. 

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Of course, you'll also find some great history about boogie-woogie pianist Big Joe Duskin.  Enjoy your visit and let us know if you have any questions or info we could add to the website.

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Lonely Instruments for Needy KidS (LINKS) could really use some help supplying school requests for instruments. Alto saxes and flutes in particular, but everything helps. They can be donated at any Buddy Roger's Music Store. Click here for full details on LINKS. Click here to join the LINKS Facebook page.

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