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DIGITAL SUBMISSION: Grammy-nominee JOHN DAVERSA BIG BAND FEATURING DACA ARTISTS: "AMERICAN DREAMERS: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom," September 28, 2018 on BFM Jazz

AMERICAN DREAMERS: VOICES OF HOPE, MUSIC OF FREEDOM, the new CD spearheaded by multi-Grammy -nominee JOHN DAVERSA, is a deeply personal, emotional, and timely project. It's a musical cri de coeur that gives voice to young undocumented people known as "Dreamers" who, through no fault of their own, were brought to this country as children.They grew up here and were instilled with American culture and values. Daversa and his production team worked with several non-profit immigrant organizations to scour the country to find Dreamers who could play musical instruments and would be willing to participate in the project. The Dreamers' contributions are woven throughout this recording. They performed featured solos, instrumental accompaniments, spoken word poetry, string swells, multilayered percussion grooves, lead vocals, shout choruses, and electrifying raps. Their musical performances are rich and diverse. Jazz has been the music of freedom and protest, so it is eminently fitting as a vehicle for Dreamers to express their predicament. Putting aside the politics and partisanship of the current debate, all of us can enjoy these American songs.

AMERICAN DREAMERS BY THE NUMBERS

53 Dreamers Featured On Recording

17 States/Areas Represented By The Dreamers: California,

Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Georgia,

Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma,

Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington Dc

17 Birth Countries Of The Dreamers: Belize, Bolivia, Brazil,

Canada, Chile, Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan,

Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden,

Venezuela

TRACKS:

1. SALVADOR 1:32

2. LIVING IN AMERICA 5:53

3. SABA 1:42

4. DON'T FENCE ME IN 4:44

5. CALIPH 1:36

6. IMMIGRANT SONG 3:18

7. DAISY 1:08

8. DEPORTEE (PLANE WRECK AT LOS GATOS) 4:49

9. DENZEL 1:25

10. STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER 4:30

11. ALICIA 1:17

12. AMERICA (WEST SIDE STORY) 1:30

13. JUAN CARLOS 1:22

14. AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL 4:40

15. MARIA 0:55

16. ALL IS ONE 8:41

17. EDSON 1:34

18. RED, WHITE, AND REMIXED 3:28



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