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Live Tutti Recording at Bridge

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Saturday night’s AES VIP event at Bridge Recording featuring The New Royales brought together an incredible crowd, band and company sponsors including Blue Microphones, Triad-Orbit, and next Level Mastering. Stay tuned for the upcoming Tutti release!


Teacher Spotlight: Pete Lewis


It’s the back to school season and we’d like to take a moment to highlight one of our favorite teachers: Pete Lewis. Pete found Tutti in the app store and used the Essential Grooves collection with his high school students.  Pete is an impressive musician and teacher based in Colorado. We’ve really enjoyed getting to know him. You can find out more about his music here.

Pete Lewis

Pete Lewis

Name: Pete Lewis

School:  Monarch High School, Louisville, Colorado

What do you teach? For how long have you been teaching?

I’ve taught Jazz Band for 25 years.

Are you in a band outside of school? What instrument(s) do you play?

I freelance on saxophone and woodwinds. I have played with the Colorado Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, The Temptations, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, etc. I lead two jazz groups, Colorado Composers Big Band and Expeditions.

What is your proudest moment as a musician and/or teacher?

There have been many great moments as a musician which gives me great motivation as a teacher. My greatest moments are are making positive impacts on my students’ lives-musically or just in a general way.

What is the best advice you ever received?

Stay positive in spite of what may surround you……

Do have a tip for teachers using new technology in the classroom?

It should be a tool for opening new pathways of learning and self discovery.

Thanks Pete!

Would you like to nominate a teacher for our teacher spotlight? Please send their name our way!

Get Jazzed at Children’s Museum of Manhattan

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Screen Shot 2014-06-28 at 2.16.26 PMA new exhibit at Children’s Museum of Manhattan introduces young visitors to the joy of jazz and features legends such as Bill Bojangles Robinson, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. Colorful photos and quotes adorn the walls. Live concerts sponsored by Harlem Jazz Museum and Jazz at Lincoln Center play regularly.

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The Tutti Music Player is installed in a large touch screen so that visitors can interact with the members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra playing Ellington’s Royal Garden Blues.

The exhibit runs through December 2014. You can find more information about the exhibit here.


Music Rising at Tulane Launches New Site


This month a new website was launched by Tulane’s Center for the Gulf Coast South and Music Rising, a non-profit started by legendary producer Bob Ezrin, U2′s The Edge, and a host of other industry partners. Tutti Dynamics partnered with Tulane and Music Rising to provide interactive educational content for this special project.

The innovative website features a curriculum, original content, artists’ biographies and instructional programs designed to increase the study of the Gulf South’s rich musical cultures among schoolchildren and scholars alike. Tutti Music Player featuring content from New Orleans masters musicians is featured in the Resources section.iOS-Product-Page-v7-App-Store-Button

Read more at Silicon Bayou.


Tutti Presents at Music Tech Fest

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MusicTechFestMusic Tech Fest is brining together an inspiring group of hackers, artists, and educators for a private two day event at Microsoft’s NERD Center in Cambridge. We’re looking forward to presenting Tutti Music Player to the group and meeting up with some old and new friends. You can find out more here.

Tutti Dynamics Wins TechCrunch NOLA

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TCThe Tutti Dynamics team pitched at the TechCrunch NOLA event featuring editors from Tech Crunch, Silicon Bayou News and local investors – and we won!

We’re looking forward to attending TechCrunch Disrupt in New York in May as part of the grand prize. Let us know if you’ll be there!

You can read about the event in the Times Picayune here.



Congratulations to this Year’s EE Finalists


Jazz at Lincoln Center recently announced the finalists for this year’s Essentially Ellington program!  These schools were selected from more than 100 schools that submitted audition recordings. Congratulations to the finalists:

Beloit Memorial High School (Beloit, WI)
Carroll Senior High School (Southlake, TX)
Community Arts Program (Coral Gables, FL)
Dillard Center for the Arts (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Garfield High School (Seattle, WA)
Jazz House Kids (Montclair, NJ)
Lexington High School (Lexington, MA)
Medfield High School (Medfield, MA)
Mt. Si High School (Snoqualmie, WA)
Osceola County School for the Arts (Kissimmee, FL)
Rio Americano High School (Sacramento, CA)
Roosevelt High School (Seattle, WA)
Sun Prairie High School (Sun Prairie, WI)
Tucson Jazz Institute (Tucson, AZ)
Whiteland Community High School (Whiteland, IN)

Throughout March and April, Jazz at Lincoln Center will send, free of charge, a professional jazz musician and educator to each of the 15 finalist band schools to lead an intensive four-hour workshop of rehearsals, lessons, and master classes. The Essentially Ellington Program will also provide free workshops to an underserved school in each of the finalist band communities. The free finalist clinics are part of the rich 19-year history of this unique music education program, which has reached more than 504,000 students in more than 4,200 high schools across all 50 United States, Canada, and American schools abroad.

Beginning on May 8, the 15 bands will compete for top honors and participate in workshops, jam sessions, and more during the three-day Competition & Festival in New York City. The first half of the final concert on May 10 will feature the three top-placing bands performing with a member of the world renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) as guest soloist. The second half will feature the JLCO – whose members serve as mentors for the finalist bands throughout the weekend – performing a repertoire of tunes made famous by Duke Ellington. The festival concludes with an awards ceremony honoring outstanding soloists, sections and the announcement three top-placing bands. In the program’s history, 267 finalist bands have traveled to New York City to participate in the annual Competition & Festival.

The entire weekend of EE events, including the final concert featuring the three top-placing bands and theJLCO, will be webcast live on

Marketplace: Learning Music by Watching the Feet

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Credit: Joseph Walton / APM


Tutti Music Player and artist Shannon Powell were featured on American Public Media’s Marketplace last week….

“Of all the industries technology is disrupting, the music business is experiencing some of the biggest changes. One thing that has not changed significantly: Music education. But the inventor of a new tool hopes to change that.

Shannon Powell is one of the best drummers in New Orleans. He’s played on a platinum record with Harry Connick Jr. and studied under the New Orleans legend Danny Barker…”

This is where it all started, right here on St. Phillip Street,” says Powell, standing in front of the house where he’s lived his entire life.  “I roamed along this whole neighborhood.”

Powell grew up in the Treme neighborhood, where he learned to play the drums by studying the musicians who passed by his front door every weekend during the second line parades, and by watching the women in church play the tambourine.

“All of the rhythms that I was listening to when I was a kid are assimilated to the street beats of New Orleans,” he explains. “It’s all a part of that Habanera,  African rhythms and Spanish melodies.”

Powell teaches music occasionally at the University of New Orleans. That’s where he met a student named Darren Hoffman.

“He showed me how to play the tambourine,” Hoffman recalls. He was surprised at how the lesson began. Powell told him, “if you want to learn to play the tambourine, watch my feet.”

“The reason why I tell him to watch my feet,” Powell says, “is because when I play the tambourine up high with my hand, I’m doing rhythm with my feet.”

Hoffman realized that much of what he learned in his lessons with Powell came from watching him. “It’s not just in how he sounds, it’s in his style and his personality,” says Hoffman.

Listen to the whole segment, or read the transcript, here.

Tutti School Tour: NOCCA


NOCCAThe Tutti team was thrilled to visit with students at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA)  last week!

NOCCA is a regional, pre-professional arts training center that offers students intensive instruction in culinary arts, dance, media arts, music (classical, jazz, vocal), theatre arts, visual arts, and creative writing, while demanding simultaneous academic excellence. Every year 95 – 98% of NOCCA graduates go on to college and conservatory programs across the country. Approximately 80% of NOCCA students receive scholarships to pursue such higher education.

We’ve seen the jazz ensemble perform at New Orleans Jazz Fest and can attest to their skill!

Our team member, Charles, graduated from NOCCA before going on to attend New England Conservatory and Harvard. Charles talked to the students about how to best prepare for college and make the most of their experience at NOCCA. Everyone spent some time playing with Tutti Music Player and talking about the technology. Then Charles and a few of the students played a few songs together. What a great afternoon!

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