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Reality TV Show for Instrumental Musicians featuring
National Symphony Orchestra Violinist Marissa Regni,
Duke Ellington Orchestra Alum Gregory Charles Royal,
and nu-metal bassist Talena Atfield as judges.
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Accompanying Projects that are Part of this Initiative
A Nationwide Discussion About
The MTV/ Hip Hop Generation's
Future Support of
Traditional American Music.
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Plight of American Music Initiative
To Rap
or Play?
A documentary which discusses the role of
instrumental musicians in Hip Hop - featuring
underground rapper Kenn Starr.
Funded by a
grant from DC Commission on the Arts
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On September 2, 2011 American Youth Symphony and
Noon Tan Music in association with Shukan NY Seikatsu
Press presented the World Premier of a new adaptation of
the 2004 New York JVC Jazz Festival play followed by a
panel discussion on Japanese culture in jazz featuring
music legend
Toshiko Akiyoshi at the Ida K. Lang Recital
Hall at Hunter College in New York. The play starred
Gregory Charles Royal and Kay Matsukawa with Patience
Higgins and the Sugar Hill Quartet with Ken Crutchfield and
directed by Kazuki Takase.
View clip here.

The Japanese Jazz Affect
A Discussion About the Historical Relationship
of Jazz and the Japanese People -- preceded by
an adaptation of the jazz play
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Blakey Harbop Jam Session
Thursdays 10pm- Midnight  Starts December 4, 2014
Producers Club
358 West 44th Street NYC

Hosted by Gregory Charles Royal.
An opportunity for musicians to develop their playing in one of the most dynamic styles of jazz.
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