Kuumba Youth Jazz Orchestra 
& Storytelling

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Our Team

Bringing stories to live through music and storytelling

LARRY "ANNAISE" BIRDEN JR

The Bridge Educational Services

Advocates for culturally inspired education through the Arts


We offer:

Music Instruction, (instrumental and vocal)  large, small ensembles and or private sessions for individuals, community groups, organizations, as well as private events. 


(We are an EPIC Charter Schools Vendor in OKC and surrounding areas)


MEL ELLIS

SOIL Literacy Theatre

Advocates for culturally centered education and self identity through Literary Arts.


We offer:

Theatre based literacy programs via weekly sessions for individuals, community groups, organizations, as well as private events (i.e., homeschool groups, churches, and birthday parties).


(We are an EPIC Charter Schools Vendor serving OKC and surrounding areas)


Kuumba Youth Jazz Orchestra & Storytelling is comprised of two leading edge organizations, with a strong focus on the cultural art forms. Annaise and Mel, bring together their respective businesses to form KYJOS. They designed KYJOS on the basis of integrated concepts that have been created, out of the desire to introduce the youth and community, to the importance of proper representation of Jazz Culture and Storytelling at an early age. Here the two are focused on the developmental stages that allow for improvisation, character building, and team work. Through an African inspired programming “The Kuumba Youth Jazz Orchestra & Storytelling" was born. We cultivate youth ages 6 to 18 years.