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Local kids learn from jazz pros

Andrew Cristancho
Sierra Sun
Andrew CristanchoAndrew Hill, 14, blows a solo on his trombone as he jams at Moody's Bistro and Lounge Monday at jazz camp.
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Music fans who pull up to Moody’s Bistro and Lounge in Truckee any day this week might hear something out of the ordinary.

Following the melange of sound to the back of the bistro, the audiophile will find local students blowing their horns, strumming strings and banging drums.

Through Saturday, Moody’s owners J.J. Morgan and Mark Estee are hosting the club’s third annual Jazz Artists in Residence ” an event that features a jazz camp for area children, nightly jazz concerts by six professional jazz musicians, who will also perform a weekend grand finale that also features a DJ and rapper.

Morgan and company have imported the jazz musicians to play the nighttime gigs and teach daytime lessons to the 63 young adults who range from 9 to 17 years old.

The students meet their jazz instructors each morning and decide what jazz theme to pursue. They play until 1 p.m. with lunch providing a break.

The nightly shows start at 8 p.m. and continue until 11 p.m.

The best part? It’s all free, although the restaurant will accept $5 donations for admission to the nightly shows. The music students are encouraged to attend the weeknight performances. The Friday and Saturday shows will be more adult-oriented.

Morgan said the annual music camp is intended to help local youths with music talent to practice during their summer vacations.

“Music education is around but its lacking,” he said. “You can’t stop playing music in the summer.”

Morgan said that without his major corporate sponsors ” East/West, Martis Camp, Robert Marr Construction and Berenger Winery ” the event would not be possible.