Current student and jazz vocalist Chelsea-Lee Smart was one of only 24 talented young musicians selected from thousands of applicants worldwide to participate in the 2015 Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead – the international jazz residency, performance and composition project discovering and presenting the next generation of jazz greats-to-be. Participants were selected by a competitive audition process that considered their composition and performance abilities. Chelsea is the only Australian University student to be selected in the history of this program.
Held March 23 to April 3 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, D.C. Led by Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz Jason Moran, the Jazz Ahead program identifies outstanding, emerging jazz artists/composers in their mid-teens to age 25 and brings them together under the tutelage of experienced artists/instructors who coach and counsel them, polishing their performance, composing, and arranging skills. The program culminated in three concerts on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in which the graduates performed original compositions.
Watch Chelsea perform: