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Shirazette Tinnin
Make Jazz Residency:
February 1 – April 29, 2020

Fulbright Scholar, drummer, educator, clinician, author and health coach Shirazette Tinnin was born and raised in North Carolina. Currently residing in New York City, Shirazette performs and tours frequently with premier bands and artists such as the Allan Harris Group, Tia Fuller Quartet, The Mimi Jones Band, Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble, and many others. Shirazette is also the leader of her own projects including the Shirazette and Sonic WallPaper Fusion Band (formally known as The Shirazette Experiment) and The Blue Popped Culture Trio.


The Make Jazz residency of Shirazette Tinnin is generously supported by the Herb Alpert Foundation. Tinnin is the 10th Make Jazz Fellow to come through 18th Street Arts Center. Alums like Teddy Raven, Tomeka Reid, Marquis Hill, Tabari Lake, and Samantha Boshnack have gone on to produce exciting new Jazz sounds and original albums to great renown, forming the next generation and evolution of Jazz in America.

18th Street Arts Center annually hosts its Make Jazz Fellowship, awarded to a jazz composer for a three-month, fully funded residency. This opportunity is for an individual jazz artist to advance or complete a body of original compositions. For three months the Make Jazz Fellow lives and works among artists in sunny Santa Monica, California. The award supports the artist by providing a monthly stipend, a furnished live-in studio, and arranged opportunities to inspire Jazz students in partnership with Los Angeles-area colleges and universities.

As part of her fellowship, Tinnin will be conducting an introductory Jazz class and demo session with students at Centennial High School as part of the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA’s educational Design for Sharing program in early March. She will also perform her works-in-progress with a group of accomplished local LA musicians on March 26th at the LAX-adjacent Sam First Jazz club ($30) and then perform a free culminating concert of the final works at the legendary World Stage in Leimert Park on April 25th beginning at 7pm (free).

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