John DAVERSA AMERICAN DREAMERS Big Band

Sun Nov 4 2018

7:30 PM

Catalina Bar & Grill

6725 W. Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028

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AMERICAN DREAMERS: VOICE OF HOPE, MUSIC OF FREEDOM, the new CD spearheaded by multi-Grammy-nominee JOHN DAVERSA BIG BAND FEATURING DACA ARTISTS, is a deeply personal, emotional, and timely project. It’s musical cri de coeur that gives voice to young undocumented people known as “Dreamers” who, through no fault of their own, were brought to this country as children. They grew up here and were instilled with American culture and values.

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    GRAMMY-NOMINEE JOHN DAVERSA (BIG BAND FEATURING DACA ARTISTS) RELEASES

    “AMERICAN DREAMERS: Voice of Hope, Music of Freedom”

    SEPTEMBER 21, 2018 ON BFM JAZZ

    “Music and the arts have always been at the heart of our nation and our identity.  The history of music in
    America is inseparable from the story of immigrants in America.  Our brave young Dreamers embody this
    proud legacy, adding their vision and patriotism to make America more American.  The remarkable talents
    and touching stories of all the Dreamers showcased in this exceptional album are a reminder of the
    universal power of music to transcend differences and illuminate our shared humanity.  May the soaring
    melodies and harmonies of these courageous Dreamers remind everyone who hears them of the beauty
    and resiliency of the human spirit and of our responsibility to honor our heritage as a nation of
    immigrants.”--U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

    AMERICAN DREAMERS: VOICE OF HOPE, MUSIC OF FREEDOM, the new CD spearheaded by multi-Grammy-nominee
    JOHN DAVERSA BIG BAND FEATURING DACA ARTISTS, is a deeply personal, emotional, and timely project. It’s
    musical cri de coeur that gives voice to young undocumented people known as “Dreamers” who, through no fault of
    their own, were brought to this country as children. They grew up here and were instilled with American culture and
    values.
    Yet, as recent news headlines can attest, Dreamers find themselves in the midst of a heated immigration debate in
    which they and their families face great uncertainty. In 2012, Dreamers were afforded temporary status with the
    Deferred Action for Childhood Early Arrivals (DACA) policy, but it was rescinded in 2017. There are approximately
    800,000 DACA recipients, and 90 percent of them are in school or have a job.
    Many of them are also musicians, who have come together to create this production, which has received bipartisan
    support from both Democratic and Republican Senators. “Music has always been tied to the fight for justice. During
    the Civil Rights Movement, Nina Simone and John Coltrane performed what became anthems for freedom. American
    Dreamers continues this tradition of using music to send an important message: Dreamers are Americans. You will
    hear these young Americans performing jazz at the highest level, speaking about their hopes, and affirming their love
    of the country they call home,” said U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris from California. “Dream Act children have known
    no country other than America. American Dreamers features a heartfelt expression of patriotism by talented
    Dreamers performing the songs of our country,”: said U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

    1213 Alameda Avenue, Glendale, CA 91201 • holly@mouthpiecemusic.com • 310.993.4017
    Daversa is a trumpet and electronic valve instrument (EVI) master as well as a composer, arranger, and bandleader.
    He’s also the Chair of the Studio Music and Jazz Department at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. As an
    educator and father, he has a strong affinity for young people. And like many Americans, he cherishes the immigrant
    roots of his ancestors, as his grandparents came from Italy to work in canneries (and play music on the side) in
    California.
    That’s why the plight of the Dreamers had a visceral effect on him. “I wanted to provide an opportunity for Dreamers
    to share their stories through music,” says Daversa. “You don’t need polemics or a bullhorn to make yourself heard.
    The young people I worked with are just amazing, and I want this project to reach a wide audience, so that others
    could be touched, as I have, by their abundant courage and hope.”
    Daversa and his production team, led by Kabir Sehgal & Doug Davis, worked with several non-profit immigrant
    organizations such as United We Dream, FWD.us, and National Immigration Forum to scour the country to find
    Dreamers, who could play musical instruments and would be willing to participate in the project. “The American civil
    rights movement, in all its glorious diversity, is built on music. American Dreamers builds on, and advances, that
    legacy. It is a glorious compilation of musical talent, artistic vision and patriotic passion,” says Ali Noorani, Executive
    Director, National Immigration Forum. “Jazz reminds us of the power of music and culture to create change. Born out
    of the experiences and creativity of black people in the South, Jazz is an expression of injustice, resistance and
    resilience. American Dreamers inspires us by masterfully showing how immigrant youth join in the rich tradition of
    playing and using jazz as a form of resistance and an expression of freedom,” says Cristina Jiménez, Executive
    Director and Co-Founder of United We Dream, 2017 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow.
    They found 53 Dreamers in 17 states who fit the bill, from Idaho and Illinois to Texas and Oklahoma The Dreamers
    come originally from 17 different countries all across the world, including Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile,
    Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, and
    Venezuela. Beginning the process, Daversa and the team first selected professional musicians based in Miami, Los
    Angeles and New York to serve as the big band on this record. They also chose both well-known songs like Living in
    America and lesser known ones like Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos).
    Daversa is a top-notch arranger who writes intricate and demanding big band charts. Finding music students and
    non-professional musicians who could play his arrangements was one of the biggest challenges of the project. The
    team started discussions about the CD in November of 2017, and by the time the first recording sessions at the Frost
    School began in March 2018, they had found fourteen Dreamers who played a range of instruments, from the violin
    and flute to piano and percussion.
    They found their first Dreamer through a story in the New York Times. SALVADOR is a clarinetist majoring in music at
    Indiana University. He joined Daversa’s big band in laying down each track for the CD. As word got out, it didn’t take
    long for more Dreamers to show up and take their place in their respective section. The Dreamers’ contributions are
    woven throughout this recording. They performed featured solos, instrumental accompaniments, spoken word
    poetry, string swells, multi-layered percussion grooves, lead vocals, shout choruses, and electrifying raps. Their
    musical performances are rich and diverse and reflect the variety found not just in the Dreamer community but
    across our great nation.
    Each of the tunes begins with a narration by a Dreamer. The CD opens with Lopez’s personal reflections and then
    launches into “Living In America,” a celebratory song originally made famous by James Brown. The piece culminates
    with an Afro-Caribbean groove in which Dreamers sing “I live in America” in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and
    Urdu with JULIE, a Dreamer in Los Angeles, riffing in Korean. The next tune is Cole Porter’s “Don’t Fence Me In.” It
    opens with a narrative by SABA, a singer, pianist, and PhD candidate in mathematical biology at Texas Tech
    University who speaks five languages. She was brought to America at age eleven from Pakistan. During the 1940s,
    Japanese-Americans who were in internment camps sang this song to provoke their American captors. In a nod to
    the historical use of the tune, the Dreamers sing in Japanese “Don’t take away our dreams.”

    1213 Alameda Avenue, Glendale, CA 91201 • holly@mouthpiecemusic.com • 310.993.4017
    CALIPH is a Dreamer who came here at the age of seven from Senegal. He earned a university scholarship but
    couldn’t attend because of his immigration status. His spoken improvisations on “Immigrant Song” get increasingly
    more pointed, and in the final passage a group of Dreamers affirm the words “Immigrant” and “Citizen” to bring
    home the track. DAISY tells at the beginning of “Deportee” that she came to this country with her family when she
    was just 9 years old to seek medical help for her sister. The song, by Woody Guthrie and Martin Hoffman, is a heart-
    wrenching testament about the plane crash in California in 1948 that was carrying migrant workers.
    DENZEL was brought to this country from Singapore at age 5. He’s a trombonist and relates that he wanted to join
    the US armed services, but his army recruiter told him that it wasn’t possible due to his immigration status. He
    introduces us to “Stars and Stripes Forever,” the quintessential John Philip Sousa march. JUAN CARLOS is a Dreamer
    from Mexico who came here at age eight. He is a self-taught organ player and his story introduces “America the
    Beautiful,” which also features Dreamers softly singing the lyrics to the song at the end of the tune.
    ALICIA, a young Dreamer from Venezuela, speaks about how drumming has been an anodyne for the anxiety she
    experiences because of her immigration status. Her story introduces “America” from West Side Story. It is an all-
    percussion track on which over a dozen Dreamers worked with professional musician MURPH AUCAMP to generate
    the many layers of rhythm. MARIA loves the flute and jazz. You can hear the joy in her voice as she introduces the
    next song, an original composition called “All is One.” It’s a feel-good track that gives a feeling of hope. The track
    features a soaring solo on the Electronic Valve Instrument by Daversa.
    EDSON is a poet who was brought here from Mexico when he was eight years old. His gripping spoken word poem
    opens the piece “Red, White, and Remixed,” which is a creation of JAMES, a Dreamer who mashed together several
    tracks on the album. As the final track on this record, it presents a hopeful glimmer of the future: America’s music
    and people will increasingly come together.
    Jazz is perhaps the greatest, intrinsically American art form and one of America's most important cultural exports.
    Jazz has been the music of freedom and protest, so it is eminently fitting as a vehicle for Dreamers to express their
    predicament. Putting aside the politics and partisanship of the current debate, all of us can enjoy the songs of our
    nation. Perhaps this album can inspire us to focus more on what unites rather than divides us.
    AMERICAN DREAMERS will be available online everywhere and at BFMjazz.com on September 21, 2018.
    Webs:
    Johndaversa.com
    facebook.com/JohnDaversaMusic
    bfmjazz.com

Catalina Bar & Grill

John DAVERSA AMERICAN DREAMERS Big Band

Sun Nov 4 2018 7:30 PM

Catalina Bar & Grill Hollywood CA
John DAVERSA AMERICAN DREAMERS Big Band
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All Ages

AMERICAN DREAMERS: VOICE OF HOPE, MUSIC OF FREEDOM, the new CD spearheaded by multi-Grammy-nominee JOHN DAVERSA BIG BAND FEATURING DACA ARTISTS, is a deeply personal, emotional, and timely project. It’s musical cri de coeur that gives voice to young undocumented people known as “Dreamers” who, through no fault of their own, were brought to this country as children. They grew up here and were instilled with American culture and values.

John Daversa

John Daversa

Pop

GRAMMY-NOMINEE JOHN DAVERSA (BIG BAND FEATURING DACA ARTISTS) RELEASES

“AMERICAN DREAMERS: Voice of Hope, Music of Freedom”

SEPTEMBER 21, 2018 ON BFM JAZZ

“Music and the arts have always been at the heart of our nation and our identity.  The history of music in
America is inseparable from the story of immigrants in America.  Our brave young Dreamers embody this
proud legacy, adding their vision and patriotism to make America more American.  The remarkable talents
and touching stories of all the Dreamers showcased in this exceptional album are a reminder of the
universal power of music to transcend differences and illuminate our shared humanity.  May the soaring
melodies and harmonies of these courageous Dreamers remind everyone who hears them of the beauty
and resiliency of the human spirit and of our responsibility to honor our heritage as a nation of
immigrants.”--U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

AMERICAN DREAMERS: VOICE OF HOPE, MUSIC OF FREEDOM, the new CD spearheaded by multi-Grammy-nominee
JOHN DAVERSA BIG BAND FEATURING DACA ARTISTS, is a deeply personal, emotional, and timely project. It’s
musical cri de coeur that gives voice to young undocumented people known as “Dreamers” who, through no fault of
their own, were brought to this country as children. They grew up here and were instilled with American culture and
values.
Yet, as recent news headlines can attest, Dreamers find themselves in the midst of a heated immigration debate in
which they and their families face great uncertainty. In 2012, Dreamers were afforded temporary status with the
Deferred Action for Childhood Early Arrivals (DACA) policy, but it was rescinded in 2017. There are approximately
800,000 DACA recipients, and 90 percent of them are in school or have a job.
Many of them are also musicians, who have come together to create this production, which has received bipartisan
support from both Democratic and Republican Senators. “Music has always been tied to the fight for justice. During
the Civil Rights Movement, Nina Simone and John Coltrane performed what became anthems for freedom. American
Dreamers continues this tradition of using music to send an important message: Dreamers are Americans. You will
hear these young Americans performing jazz at the highest level, speaking about their hopes, and affirming their love
of the country they call home,” said U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris from California. “Dream Act children have known
no country other than America. American Dreamers features a heartfelt expression of patriotism by talented
Dreamers performing the songs of our country,”: said U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

1213 Alameda Avenue, Glendale, CA 91201 • holly@mouthpiecemusic.com • 310.993.4017
Daversa is a trumpet and electronic valve instrument (EVI) master as well as a composer, arranger, and bandleader.
He’s also the Chair of the Studio Music and Jazz Department at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. As an
educator and father, he has a strong affinity for young people. And like many Americans, he cherishes the immigrant
roots of his ancestors, as his grandparents came from Italy to work in canneries (and play music on the side) in
California.
That’s why the plight of the Dreamers had a visceral effect on him. “I wanted to provide an opportunity for Dreamers
to share their stories through music,” says Daversa. “You don’t need polemics or a bullhorn to make yourself heard.
The young people I worked with are just amazing, and I want this project to reach a wide audience, so that others
could be touched, as I have, by their abundant courage and hope.”
Daversa and his production team, led by Kabir Sehgal & Doug Davis, worked with several non-profit immigrant
organizations such as United We Dream, FWD.us, and National Immigration Forum to scour the country to find
Dreamers, who could play musical instruments and would be willing to participate in the project. “The American civil
rights movement, in all its glorious diversity, is built on music. American Dreamers builds on, and advances, that
legacy. It is a glorious compilation of musical talent, artistic vision and patriotic passion,” says Ali Noorani, Executive
Director, National Immigration Forum. “Jazz reminds us of the power of music and culture to create change. Born out
of the experiences and creativity of black people in the South, Jazz is an expression of injustice, resistance and
resilience. American Dreamers inspires us by masterfully showing how immigrant youth join in the rich tradition of
playing and using jazz as a form of resistance and an expression of freedom,” says Cristina Jiménez, Executive
Director and Co-Founder of United We Dream, 2017 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow.
They found 53 Dreamers in 17 states who fit the bill, from Idaho and Illinois to Texas and Oklahoma The Dreamers
come originally from 17 different countries all across the world, including Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile,
Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, and
Venezuela. Beginning the process, Daversa and the team first selected professional musicians based in Miami, Los
Angeles and New York to serve as the big band on this record. They also chose both well-known songs like Living in
America and lesser known ones like Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos).
Daversa is a top-notch arranger who writes intricate and demanding big band charts. Finding music students and
non-professional musicians who could play his arrangements was one of the biggest challenges of the project. The
team started discussions about the CD in November of 2017, and by the time the first recording sessions at the Frost
School began in March 2018, they had found fourteen Dreamers who played a range of instruments, from the violin
and flute to piano and percussion.
They found their first Dreamer through a story in the New York Times. SALVADOR is a clarinetist majoring in music at
Indiana University. He joined Daversa’s big band in laying down each track for the CD. As word got out, it didn’t take
long for more Dreamers to show up and take their place in their respective section. The Dreamers’ contributions are
woven throughout this recording. They performed featured solos, instrumental accompaniments, spoken word
poetry, string swells, multi-layered percussion grooves, lead vocals, shout choruses, and electrifying raps. Their
musical performances are rich and diverse and reflect the variety found not just in the Dreamer community but
across our great nation.
Each of the tunes begins with a narration by a Dreamer. The CD opens with Lopez’s personal reflections and then
launches into “Living In America,” a celebratory song originally made famous by James Brown. The piece culminates
with an Afro-Caribbean groove in which Dreamers sing “I live in America” in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and
Urdu with JULIE, a Dreamer in Los Angeles, riffing in Korean. The next tune is Cole Porter’s “Don’t Fence Me In.” It
opens with a narrative by SABA, a singer, pianist, and PhD candidate in mathematical biology at Texas Tech
University who speaks five languages. She was brought to America at age eleven from Pakistan. During the 1940s,
Japanese-Americans who were in internment camps sang this song to provoke their American captors. In a nod to
the historical use of the tune, the Dreamers sing in Japanese “Don’t take away our dreams.”

1213 Alameda Avenue, Glendale, CA 91201 • holly@mouthpiecemusic.com • 310.993.4017
CALIPH is a Dreamer who came here at the age of seven from Senegal. He earned a university scholarship but
couldn’t attend because of his immigration status. His spoken improvisations on “Immigrant Song” get increasingly
more pointed, and in the final passage a group of Dreamers affirm the words “Immigrant” and “Citizen” to bring
home the track. DAISY tells at the beginning of “Deportee” that she came to this country with her family when she
was just 9 years old to seek medical help for her sister. The song, by Woody Guthrie and Martin Hoffman, is a heart-
wrenching testament about the plane crash in California in 1948 that was carrying migrant workers.
DENZEL was brought to this country from Singapore at age 5. He’s a trombonist and relates that he wanted to join
the US armed services, but his army recruiter told him that it wasn’t possible due to his immigration status. He
introduces us to “Stars and Stripes Forever,” the quintessential John Philip Sousa march. JUAN CARLOS is a Dreamer
from Mexico who came here at age eight. He is a self-taught organ player and his story introduces “America the
Beautiful,” which also features Dreamers softly singing the lyrics to the song at the end of the tune.
ALICIA, a young Dreamer from Venezuela, speaks about how drumming has been an anodyne for the anxiety she
experiences because of her immigration status. Her story introduces “America” from West Side Story. It is an all-
percussion track on which over a dozen Dreamers worked with professional musician MURPH AUCAMP to generate
the many layers of rhythm. MARIA loves the flute and jazz. You can hear the joy in her voice as she introduces the
next song, an original composition called “All is One.” It’s a feel-good track that gives a feeling of hope. The track
features a soaring solo on the Electronic Valve Instrument by Daversa.
EDSON is a poet who was brought here from Mexico when he was eight years old. His gripping spoken word poem
opens the piece “Red, White, and Remixed,” which is a creation of JAMES, a Dreamer who mashed together several
tracks on the album. As the final track on this record, it presents a hopeful glimmer of the future: America’s music
and people will increasingly come together.
Jazz is perhaps the greatest, intrinsically American art form and one of America's most important cultural exports.
Jazz has been the music of freedom and protest, so it is eminently fitting as a vehicle for Dreamers to express their
predicament. Putting aside the politics and partisanship of the current debate, all of us can enjoy the songs of our
nation. Perhaps this album can inspire us to focus more on what unites rather than divides us.
AMERICAN DREAMERS will be available online everywhere and at BFMjazz.com on September 21, 2018.
Webs:
Johndaversa.com
facebook.com/JohnDaversaMusic
bfmjazz.com