Jack Breen

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Jack Breen

By Walker|West Music Academy

In 1956, more than 600 African-American families, including businesses and institutions living in the Rondo neighborhood of Saint Paul,  lost their homes to the construction of the new I-94 highway cutting across the United States. Rondo's disaggregation was part of a national movement that upended thousands of black, immigrant, and poor communities to make room for more seamless coast-to-coast automobile transportation. Home to such artists as Gordon Parks, August Wilson, Roberta Davies, and Bobby Lyles, the Rondo neighborhood produced and inspired artists and musicians who would go on to national fame. The Rondo Community Music Series, presented by Walker West Music Academy, showcases a current generation of artists who continue to be inspired by Rondo's history, cultural expression, and resilience. The Rondo Community Music Series presents a variety of musicians and artists from September through April 2024. Join us for all of the hour-long concerts and be inspired by the power of music to convey and shape communities. All shows are FREE, but you must register!

Jack Breen has deep roots within the Walker|West community. A student of Walker|West since 2004, Jack started lessons with Felix James and has been a member of our Teaching and Performing faculty since 2019. In 2018 Jack graduated Lawrence University Conservatory with a dual degree in Saxophone performance and Music Education, and was an intern at the New York Jazz Academy in Manhattan.
During Jack’s playing career he’s performed with a multitude of artists both local and nationally, including Bill Carrothers, Mike Stern, Jose Encarnancion, and Walker|West’s own instructors -Kevin Washington, Kavyesh Kaviraj, and Charlie Lincoln.

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