The Kiddie Jazz Club, Inc. (KJC) is a Non-Profit Organization that provides free basic jazz education and training workshops for children up to 17 years old. KJC is organized as a California Non-Profit Corporation and is an approved IRS 501c(3) organization.
Our Mission is to motivate, educate and nourish young aspiring jazz musicians who have a desire to develop their natural inner talent by providing high quality musical instruction.The Kiddie Jazz Club, Inc. (KJC) is a Non-Profit Organization that provides free basic jazz education and training workshops for children up to 17 years old. KJC is organized as a California Non-Profit Corporation and is an approved IRS 501c(3) organization.
Our Vision is to make high quality music education accessible for youth and families of all socioeconomic backgrounds regardless of financial ability or access to equipment.
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Meet the Founder
Eric “Ciré” Nicholas
The best musicians are the ones who are successful at creating their own original world of music. Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Mecca of style, culture, and vibrant nightlife, Eric Nicholas, also known in the Music Industry as “Ciré,” developed into the ultimate Renaissance artist. The son of a musician, Eric caught the music bug early in life. Watching his dad practice on piano and perform as a keyboardist with his band, Eric developed a passionate love for music at a very young age. At the age of five, Eric performed his first recording session, singing background vocals on his father’s first recording “Disco Claus” by the Bionic I. Eric’s spiritual journey began at age 9 when Eric was introduced to an organization called The Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research Inc., founded by Dr. Henry C. Kinley. It was there he met Richard Amos, former bass player of the funk group Sam and the Soul Machine. Amos began teaching Eric scales and music theory. By the time Eric reached age 12, he was already performing in the Bible School Choir. This experience allowed Eric to grow into a seasoned musician. He credits the spiritual teachings of the organization for his spiritual foundation and stability. When Eric saw the legendary Herbie Hancock perform, at that moment he knew that he was destined to do something extraordinary with his talent. Thus, his destiny was set.
As a young man, Eric was afforded the opportunity of studying music at the acclaimed New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), which allowed him to travel the world and perform throughout Europe and South Africa. Eric currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where he launched his Publishing Company, Obasi Music Publishing (BMI), which allowed him to the opportunity to share his talents as a Songwriter, Producer, Publisher, and Artist.
With over 25 years in the music industry, Eric Nicholas, now known as Ciré, utilizes his extensive knowledge of the techniques of acoustic designing and sound recording to produce music in a plethora of genres: Pop, Rock, R&B, Soul, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Classical, Orchestral, as well as his own original music style. Passionate about presenting real quality music that comes from his heart to his listening audience, Ciré is truly an inspiration to the Music Industry. His personal musical inspirations extend from Bill Evans, Kenny Kirkland, and Joe Sample, to Miles Davis, George Duke, and Chic Corea. Shrouded by love, Ciré credits his Heavenly Father for providing him a family that keeps him striving. His desire is to share his musical passion with people of all ages, and inspire the younger generation to express themselves musically with their own style, free from any previous rules.