Live JAZZ Music & Dance Entertainment ReLoaded!


  Jazz Ain't Dead®
Live Jazz Music and Dance Entertainment ReLoaded! 

About Jazz Ain't Dead®
Produced and directed by New York City choreographer, Candice Michelle Franklin, Jazz Ain't Dead® is a young urban jazz music and dance collective that presents a high energy, genre-bending live music concert of house, acid, funk, and soul songs performed with an urban jazz sensibility.  Featuring live dancers, singers, musicians, and live DJ, Jazz Ain't Dead's signature sound is taking popular classical jazz standards and re-igniting them into house, acid jazz, funk, and soul.  Also in repertory are contemporary and Nu Jazz covers, original works, and straight-ahead classics. 

Jazz Ain’t Dead’s principle music arrangements are composed by Chris Rob, musical arranger for John Legend and Kanye West among others.  Additional music arrangements are by jazz pianist, Lenny Underwood (Whitney Houston, Madonna, Common, Faith Evans), Donald Hayes (Beyonce, Usher, Chaka Kahn, Stevie Wonder), and Marcus Bell/Bellringer Productions (Def Jam, Interscope, Warner Brothers, MCA, Sony, Virgin Records, Arista), with Mansa Gory (Horn Arrangements for JAD). Choreographer for Jazz Ain’t Dead® is Candice Michelle Franklin (SHAKTI, BLACK TAXI, BRASCO, MACY GRAY).  Musical Director for Jazz Ain’t Dead® is Lafayette Harris (Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk, Color Purple). 

Jazz Ain’t Dead® has performed at the Apollo, MTV "Listen to the Beat" Live Music Concert Series, BAM Cafe, Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, JazzMobile, Harlem Shrines Jazz Festival, the Iridium Jazz Club, Joyce SoHo, the Paradise Theater, the Kumble Theater, the Bowery Poetry Club, Southpaw, DNA, Nuyorican Poet's Cafe, Jordan’s Lounge, Sage Theater, The Player’s Club, Rush Arts Gallery, Therapy Bar, and other live music clubs as well as numerous private events and galas.  Jazz Ain’t Dead® also partners with Mo Beasley’s UrbanErotika, lending musicians and dancers for their monthly UrbanErotika Juke Joint series, performing choreographed features with poets and live music as well as non-choreographed/unscripted, completely improvised jam sessions for both dancer and musician.  During the Summer, Jazz Ain't Dead dancers teach for the Joffrey Ballet Jazz and Contemporary Summer Dance Intensive and, during the year, choreographer, Candice Michelle Franklin, is on faculty teaching advanced jazz to their elite dancers in the pre-professional trainee program.  In addition, Jazz Ain’t Dead® has shared its love of dance with the community by teaching the art of Jazz dance to elementary school-aged children, through Ready, Set, Learn, LLC, a summer day camp and after school program providing free to low- cost activities for children living in the Bronx Housing projects of New York City.  In the future, Jazz Ain’t Dead® hopes to extend our commitment to programs like Ready, Set, Learn by providing music lessons as well.  

What Folks Are Saying:

"Jazz Ain't Dead brings DNA alive with its brand new fiery orchestrations 
of Porgy and Bess songs..."

"I must admit, I am a HUGE sucker for live jazz...  so when you get a group of very talented musicians, 

riffing for the rafters (we are talking vocal gymnastics people!!)...  and then some D-I-V-A dancers doing their thing in collaboration...

and WOW, I was in heaven and had to resist the urge to get out of
seat and start my own groove motif!!" 
-R. D. Beck, Blogger of

"Franklin creates an intricate web of action that leaves you screaming out things like "She better work!!" or "GET ITTTT!!!"  Fierce legs, gorgeous turns, hot unison sections, wild hair, and sexy 
partnering all took their place in the "circus" that Franklin calls it with a laugh.
-Sheena DiMatteo, 

Testimonial of a Promo Performance Excerpt from JAD's Porgy and Bess at 
New York City's Bowery Poetry Club/Mo Beasley's UrbanErotika

"Candice, you, Diandra, and your dancers were OUTSTANDING at UrbanErotika Saturday night. You set wonderfully high bar for the show and got the show off to powerful start!! THANK YOU!! It was honor and joy to have you in our house. Please come back in September. I will call/email soon to work out the details. Keep doing what you do and keep me posted on upcoming performances. 
I'll be there every chance I get. ;-)...."
  -Mo Beasley, Host of UrbanErotika

Highlights from the JAD Lounge
All Choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin 
Summertime House from
Jazz Ain’t Dead Celebrates the Legacy of 
George Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess 
Choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin 
My Man’s Gone Now 
Music Arrangement by Chris Rob, Live Music Direction by Lafayette Harris, Jr. 
I Got Plenty of Nuttin' Featuring Maurice Chestnut

Improvised Jam with the cats of Jazz Ain't Dead®

Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean -JAD Style 
Choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin, Music Direction by Lafayette Harris, Jr. 
Performed by Chelsey Arce & Jerome Melsaun Warren, Vocals by Billy Davis 

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2013 Season & Programming Guide for Arts Presenters
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JAD Set Lists  
JAD Lounge Set
Porgy & Bess Tribute
Straight Ahead Set
Comprehensive Music List

Radio Interview 
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Press Releases
Press Release -Joyce SoHo 2011
Press Release -Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival 2012

Press Clips & Reviews
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iDANZ Review

Eye on Dance Review
So You Wanna Dance in NYC Review

MTV/Viacom Blog
WNYC Radio 93.9
The New Yorker
Downtown Express
PS 87 Testimonial Letter

Jazz Ain't Dead Bio
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Band Bios
Dancer Bios

School Testimonial
Testimonial from Parent's Association from a Manhattan Upper West Side School Performance at PS 87 Black History Month Performance 

Dear Candice,

On behalf of the PS 87 Parents Association, we'd like to thank you for bringing your amazing ensemble to our school this morning and treating our students to two wonderful performances.

We were absolutely wowed by the great skill, beauty, energy and joy of all the performers. This was an assembly the students (and teachers and us parents) will not soon forget. It was enriching, moving, and fun.

Please convey our deepest appreciation to all of your stellar dancers and musicians.  I , for one, will never hear "Black Bird," "Manah Manah," or "Summertime" again without thinking of Jazz Ain't Dead!

All the best,


PS 87 Parents Association

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