To continue the legacy of our founder’s passion and gift of music to the world, LIVE4LOVE Charities has created a music education program called LIVE4MUSIC, designed to empower our youth through music.
Some of the world’s most prolific, prestigious, and acclaimed musicians will generously share their time and talent by providing online lessons to young gifted musicians who do not have the means to access great teachers and mentors.
Our teachers include musicians who worked with Prince, multi-Grammy Award winning artists from various genres, and professors from the world’s top music education institutions. We also offer music teachers specialized in entry level students to ensure we unlock their potential as well.
Programs will be customized and personalized to the needs of each qualifying student, and can consist of a mixture of one-on-one private lessons, and various group classes (ensemble workshops, masterclasses, clinics, lectures/demonstrations, etc.).
“It is through musical conversation that exponential creative development derives.” LIVE4LOVE Charities believes this to be a true factor in bringing forth our future musical creatives and artists. We present this program with the intent of impacting the music industry, and through music, the world.
If you, or anyone you know, would like to participate in this free program, please submit your contact details and a short bio. If you also have a 45-60+ sec video/recording demonstration of your current skill level, that would be helpful. All submissions will be considered.
The program will start early 2024 so please submit by March 1st, 2024. Upon acceptance, you will be notified with more details.
LIVE 4 LOVE, LIVE 4 MUSIC
7 x Grammy award winning trumpeter and composer Randy Brecker has helped shape the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for more than four decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists from James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Parliament/ Funkadelic to Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Jaco Pastorius and Frank Zappa.
Terri Lyne Carrington
Terri Lyne Carrington is an NEA Jazz Master, Doris Duke Artist, and 3x Grammy award-winning drummer, composer, producer, and educator. She serves as Founder and Artistic Director of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, as well Artistic Director for both Next Jazz Legacy program and the Carr Center in Detroit, MI. She has performed on more than 100 recordings over her 40-year career and has toured and recorded with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Stan Getz, Esperanza Spalding, and numerous others. Her artistry and commitment to education has earned her honorary doctorates from York University, Manhattan School of Music and Berklee College of Music, and her curatorial work and music direction has been featured in many prestigious institutions internationally.
Heralded as a renaissance man, saxophonist/composer Bill Evans has recorded 26 solo recordings to date touring extensively with his own groups worldwide for over 30 years. He started his career at 21 with Miles Davis, John Mclaughlin and Herbie Hancock. Miles Davis was quoted “ Bill is one of the greatest musicians I’ve come upon.” Bill is constantly challenging the boundaries of Jazz, Soul and Americana.
Niels Lan Doky
Niels Lan Doky has released 45 albums since 1986 and the international press has called him “the best pianist of his generation” and “one of the most important pianists that European jazz has given us in the last 45 years.” Niels was Knighted by HM Queen Margrethe II of Denmark in 2010 and has released 45 albums since 1986. He is the author of the instructional book “Jazz Transcription – developing improvisational skills through solo transcription and analysis” (Advance Music) and has given the TEDx Talk “How Jazz Wisdom Will Change Your Life”.
David “Fingers” Haynes
American drummer David “Fingers” Haynes, best known for his work as drummer for Prince, Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Lee Ritenauer and Arrested Development, but a lot of people have also know him for his unique “finger drumming” technique. He lives in Berlin where he is the drummer with trumpet player Till Brönner (Germany’s # 1 jazz star).
With her decade as a part of Prince’s band The New Power Generation (NPG), Shelby J is widely known as the “bald beauty” powerhouse vocalist with an unforgettable smile. She has appeared on The Tonight Show, Entertainment Tonight, CBS’ 60 Minutes, Access Hollywood, Good Morning America on ABC, and has been featured in People, Rolling Stone and Billboard magazines. Shelby performed with Prince for the Super Bowl LXI Halftime Show in Miami, and also performed with D’Angelo at the Hollywood Bowl. Shelby engages in community activism and believes in helping others.
Originally from Chicago, bassist Darryl Jones rose to fame in the mid-1980s recording and touring worldwide with Miles Davis. In 1985, he became a member of Sting’s first solo band with Branford Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland, and Omar Hakim and subsequently toured with Madonna. Jones joined the Rolling Stones after bassist Bill Wyman retired and has toured and recorded with the band since 1994.
Ida Nielsen started working with music legend Prince in August 2010. Shortly after, she joined his band and toured with him all over the world. After her years with Prince, Ida refocused on her solo career; touring extensively and releasing music on a regular basis. Her repertoire is best described as a mixture of old school funk & hiphop with world music pop ups, haunting melodies and lots of bass. Ida was voted amongst the top 10 bass players in the world.
With a style of his own, the son of bass legend Jaco Pastorius, Felix Pastorius, has earned the distinction of a world-class musician and bass virtuoso in his own right. He was with the iconic jazz/fusion group the Yellowjackets from 2012 to 2015 and has also performed with the likes of Bobby McFerrin, Victor Wooten, Jeff Coffin, David Gilmour, Niels Lan Doky, Harvey Mason, Bill Evans and many more.
Debbie & Camille Sledge
The extraordinary American singer and music industry legend Debbie Slegde released “We Are Family” in 1979 with her group Sister Sledge. It remains one of the most popular and enduring songs of all time. Debbie is a Grammy Award winner and has had 8 Top-10 hits. She also collaborated with James Brown on the historic Rumble In The Jungle concert in Zaïre in 1974. Her daughter Camille Sledge is an incredible singer and a prolific artist in her own right. Aside from being a member of the current edition of Sister Sledge and touring worldwide with them, she also runs her School of Hip Hop in Phoenix, AZ.
Born in Italy, guitarist Claudio Suriano holds a Diploma from the Saint Louis College of Music in Rome and a Master’s Degree in Jazz Guitar from the Conservatory E. Duni of Matera. He has collaborated with esteemed musicians such as Niels Lan Doky, Steve Rodby and Paul Wertico, and his achievements also encompass the prestigious selection for the International Jazz Platform in July 2020, an international educational project by the Wytwornia Foundation (Poland), supported by GAI – Giovani Artisti Italiani. He is based in Copenhagen from where he also teaches extensively, from beginners to advanced students.