Experience Jazz 2019

Auditions for Experience Jazz 2019

We hope to welcome as many students as we can who are hungry for an experience like this and meet basic program requirements. For Experience Jazz 2019 audition requirements, click here to visit our Experience Jazz Program Page.


About Experience Jazz 2019

Experience Jazz combos will rehearse Saturdays from 1:30pm-3:30pm at High School for Recording Arts, located at 1166 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55104.

The building doors will be unlocked at the start of every session and locked during session. If you ever get locked out or have trouble entering the building, please contact Program Assistant Gabe Moore, at (612)432-4123.

This year’s programming is made possible in part, thanks to a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.


Program Dates

January 26 – June 1, 2019 (except 3/30, 4/6 and 5/25)



Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Lowertown St. Paul, MN – DFJE Youth Stage, 22, 2019 – time TBD.

The student will likely have several public performance opportunities. Each combo will also record in one of the High School for the Recording Arts state-of-the-art recording studios

How to report an absence & Communication: If you have any questions or need information at any time feel free to contact Program Coordinator, Katia Cardenas at info [at] dfje.org.


What to Bring

Bring the instrument you play to every program and performances. Larger items like PAs, mics, drum kits, keyboards and some amps will be provided. Drummers should bring sticks and cymbals.


Suggested Viewing

We recommend viewing these videos for students to better understand the history of the genres we will be playing and provide a context for this program:


About the Teaching Artists

Tasha Baron is a multi-instrumentalist who grew up in the Twin Cities playing free jazz, R&B, classical music, international music and composing music. She plays keyboards, trombone and flute, with an emphasis on keyboards and composition. Her original music projects of past and present include Black Blondie, Sarah White’s solo project, Toki Wright’s live band project This Debris, Sound System Sabotage and Heiruspecs. These projects range from full band with singer to intimate instrumental duos, and from jazz to R&B to classical music and beyond. She has also played with, recorded with and/or produced for such bands and artists as Atmosphere, Dizzy Fae, Dosh, P.O.S./Doomtree, Jamaican reggae band Gullibanque, Michael Bland and Jef Lee Johnson, Heiruspecs, gospel singer Robert Robinson, Brother Ali and Kill the Vultures. She works with Marc Rice as production partners in the world of short film scores as well.

As an educator Baron’s primary role has been that of private music teacher for over a decade at such schools at The Music Lab and the West Bank School of Music.  Baron received a B.A. in Music from the University of Minnesota in 2005.

Her approach, across the board, with jazz education, music education and creation is about sensitive listening and dedication to authenticity and originality.


Scott Herold is the CEO and founder of music nonprofit and record label Rock the Cause. He is also the CEO and founder of Hysteria Media, LLC, a music management and social marketing company. Scott spent over 20 years in the consumer goods industry leading world-class sales, merchandising and marketing teams supporting some of the world’s biggest brands. In 2012, Scott departed from the corporate world to focus full time on Rock the Cause Records.

In 5 years, Rock the Cause Records has worked with artists like Zach Sobiech, Matt Hires, Dan Wilson, My Morning Jacket, Lissie, Bebe Winans, Haley Bonar and more! Rock the Cause Record has sold over 490,000 charitable music singles, 50,000 records and their music releases have been streamed 30.5 million times. All of this adding up to nearly $500,000 in support for children’s health, music and education-based causes.

Scott Herold currently leads the Business of Music and Music History departments at High School for Recording Arts. He is also a performing musician, producer, and walking music encyclopedia.


Kavyesh Kaviraj is a pianist, composer and arranger from India. A prominent musician in India & Oman, he has found acclaim in the US ever since he moved to Minneapolis in 2016. Kavyesh graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies. He is known for his versatility and experience working in various different genres although he considers himself primarily a jazz pianist.  Kavyesh is a member of the jazz fusion quintet Mississippiand has been associated with national and local acts like Justin Robinson (Roy Hargrove), Roosevelt Collier, Jay Young and the Lyric Factory, Yolande Bruce, Debbie Duncan, Bruce Henry, Nooky Jones, the Kevin Washington Quintet, Jamecia Bennett, Desdamona, Toki Wright among several others. 

About High School for Recording Arts (HSRA)

HSRA is a project-based independent Charter School in St. Paul. Their mission is to provide youth the opportunity to achieve a high school diploma through the exploration and operation of the music business and other creative endeavors. For more info visit HSRA.org, Twitter @HSRA_MN, and FB.com/HSRAMN.

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This program is funded in part by