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Music School Grad Performs at Kennedy Center
Contact: Maria Terrone
Director of Communications
(718) 997-5591
Maria Matteo
News Assistant
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Ameen Saleem, a graduate of Queens College's Aaron Copland School of Music, has been invited by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., to participate in the 2004 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency Program for jazz musicians under 30 who are both performers and composers. At the conclusion of the residency, the Jazz Ahead residents will perform on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage at 6 p.m. EST on April 14, 15, and 16, 2004.

Ameen Saleem, a jazz bassist, has performed with the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble, the North Carolina Central University Jazz Ensemble, the Queens College Jazz Ensemble, the Eve Cornelious and Chip Crawford Trio, and The Winard Harper Sextet. Saleem has appeared at the Montreaux, North Sea, Vienne, East Coast, Hampton, Jazz Vox, and Carolina Jazz Festivals. Recordings include Beyond the Horizons and Central Standard Time with the North Carolina Central University Jazz Ensemble, Schuman Nature with Tom Schuman, A Time for Soul with The Winard Harper Sextet, and DC Project with Bruce Williams.

The Millennium Stage is a vital part of the Center’s Performing Arts for Everyone (PAFE) program, designed to make the performing arts accessible, affordable, and available to everyone. The Millennium Stage hosts a free performance every single day, which is broadcast daily over the Internet. Internet broadcasts of Millennium Stage events allow anyone with Internet access to view both live performances, and past performances in the archives of the Web site, by visiting

The Aaron Copland School of Music (ACSM) at Queens College, founded in 1937, has maintained a strong reputation for musical excellence. The school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in music performance, composition, musicology, music theory, orchestral conducting, and music education, as well as an elite graduate jazz studies program in performance and composition. The Copland School of Music also maintains a vital presence in the cultural life of Queens and the greater New York metropolitan area. Students follow a curriculum designed to develop the interdependent skills of performing, listening to, and understanding music, thus providing the thorough training so necessary for graduate study and eventual professional careers. The school also forges strong links with the community, not only through public concerts and recitals, but through collaborations with the public schools, specialized programs and courses for senior citizens, and the Center for Preparatory Studies in Music, which serves up to 400 elementary and secondary students each year.


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