Graduates’ Final Concert

Sunday, June 25, 2017


The Light Up The Queen Foundation is proud to present three opportunities to enjoy the young talents of the Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency!

Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency Concerts – Open to the Public/Free Admission

With a core mission of music education, the residency honors Robert “Boysie” Lowery, who taught music to young artists — including Clifford Brown — the Light Up the Queen Foundation’s Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency identifies outstanding, emerging jazz artists/composers from ages 17-25. Selected by a competitive application process, 12 students who represent some of the finest nationwide schools are this year’s program residents. The jazz residency — for which there is no tuition or application fee — immerses participants in two weeks of intense training, composing, arranging, improvisation and performing. The 2017 residency culminates in two public performances: Saturday, June 24 with the Delaware Chamber Music Festival at the Episcopal Church of Sts. Andrew and Matthew and the Sunday, June 25 Graduates’ final concert at the historic Queen Theater on Market St.

Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency Concerts: Full Details

29th DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival
Clifford Brown Tribute Big Band
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Isabel Crespo, a United States-born Costa Rican-Ecuadorian jazz vocalist, composer, arranger, educator, and student participant in the Light Up The Queen Foundation’s 2017 Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency, will be performing “I Remember Clifford” with Gerald Chavis and the Clifford Brown Tribute Big Band on Wednesday, June 21.
Isabel will also be performing, along with her BLLJR colleagues, at the June 25 final concert at the Queen Theater. 
Delaware Chamber Music Festival Collaborative Concert
Saturday, June 24, 2017  4:00p.m.
Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew, 719 N. Shipley St.
 Pianist Julie Nishimura, bassist Douglas Mapp, and the young musician/composers of the Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency Program (Jonathan Whitney, Director) collaborate with Delaware Chamber Music Festival artists for a special concert of inspiration, bringing together classical and jazz in traditional and non-traditional ways.
This program includes Libby Larsen’s Four on the Floor for violin, cello, bass and piano, “Strange Fruit,” and hot new works written for DCMF by the young jazzers!
2017 BLLJR Graduates’ Final Concert
Sunday, June 25, 2017  3:00 p.m.
The Queen Theater, 500 N. Market Street
Presented in partnership with Live Nation, two ensembles comprised of BLLJR’s 12 musicians perform at the final concert on the main stage at Wilmington’s historic Queen Theater.


Who was Robert “Boysie” Lowery?

Robert “Boysie” Lowery was born in Kinston, North Carolina and studied trumpet with his father, a bandleader and blacksmith, and his brother Bud, who played clarinet and saxophone in his father’s band. Early on, Bud began mentoring his younger brother, teaching him how to read music and instructing him in the basics of music theory. This personal attention provided Lowery with the foundation from which he was to develop his own unique teaching method and philosophy of jazz improvisation. In the early 1940s, Lowery moved to Wilmington, Delaware where he formed a band called the Aces of Rhythm. And it is in Wilmington where Boysie began his extraordinary career as a jazz educator.
For over 50 years, Lowery taught hundreds of aspiring musicians. His most noted pupil, however, was the late Clifford Brown, considered by many to be the finest trumpeter of the time. Clifford began his study with Lowery at the age of 12 while a student in Wilmington’s public schools. Lowery’s list of pupils also includes some of the finest jazz musicians to come out of the Delaware Valley including Lem Winchester, Ernie Watts, Abdu-Rashid Yahya, Marcus Belgrave, and Gerald Chavis. In addition, Lowery had been sought out by musicians as far away as Russia (Valery Ponomarev) and Africa (Hugh Masekela).
Prior to his death in 1996, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation awarded Lowery with its 1995 Living Legacy Award.