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Arni Cheatham & Smoke

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Arni Cheatham woodwind artist, composer, educator, program consultant, arts administrator and arts advocate began performing professionally in the Chicago area in 1959. While still in his teens, he was playing tenor sax with various Jazz, Blues, and R&B artists of the Chicago area including Johnny Taylor, Syl Johnson, The Indigoes, Joe Jarman, etc. In 1969 he relocated to Boston and decided to persue a full-time musical career. Shortly thereafter he became one of the founders of the "Jazz Coalition of Boston", one of the premier non-profit arts organizations in the New England Jazz Scene. During his 12 year tenure as the Organizations Vice President, Arni created, administered, and secured funding for "JazzEd" (c), the Jazz Coalition"s Educational arm, as well as the "Community Concert Program", which placed many of Boston"s finest Jazz Artists in concerts for local community, educational, and social service organizations. Arni also became an associate of the Cooperative Artists Institute, a member of the New England Touring Program, and the Metropolitan Cultural Alliance during this time. Through "JazzEd" and these various agencies, he presented programs (individually or together with his quartet "Search") at over 400 schools and community locations in the six state New England area, including such diverse audiences as the Carter School (for children with severe multiple disabilities), Providence School for the Deaf, many Boston Public Schools, Norwood Junior High (with gifted and emotionally disturbed students), The Park School, BB&N, Milton Academy, the "Very Special Arts Festivals", Boston Ballet School, & the Lewiston & Auburn Maine School District to name a fe