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Carol R. Daggs


Carol R. Daggs, fourth generation Saratogian has been enjoying making and sharing Music since her childhood. Miss Daggs matriculated grades Kindergarten through twelve in the Saratoga Springs, NY Schools. Upon graduation, she received several awards of distinction, including: Louis Armstrong Award to an outstanding Senior Musician, Inaugural Bill Jones Memorial Scholarship Award, and a Saratoga Teacher's Association Scholarship. A class officer and well-rounded student athlete, Miss Daggs competed in the New York State High School Track and Field Championships and Empire State Games Women's Discus.

Post high school, Miss Daggs received her undergraduate education at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York - majoring in Music Education with a concentration in piano and Spanish minor. Miss Daggs completed her language studies during the January Term IRHS - (Inter Regional Hispanic Studies) in Mexico. Miss Daggs holds a B.S. in Music Education and has enjoyed success in the elementary, secondary, community college and university Music classrooms. Presently Miss Daggs is pursuing graduate study and also concentrates on performance and professional development.

An accomplished vocalist and pianist, Miss Daggs successfully auditioned for and attended the 1999 International FAME Festival Center for Jazz Studies, Directed by trombonist and Grammy-winning Producer, Mr. Delfeayo Marsalis. Since then, Miss Daggs twice obliged invitation to sing with ensemble instructor and Saxophonist extraordinaire Mr. Donald Harrison at the former Sweet Basil - now Sweet Rhythm, in New York City. Additional honors include: an October 2002 guest spot on Albany, New York's - 90.3 fm radio WAMC's 'Performance Place' hosted by Mr. Paul Elisha, receiving a 2002 and 2004 New York Foundation for the Arts 'Strategic Opportunity Stipend' award, and attending the 2002 and 2005 'Jazz in July' summer workshop at UMASS/Amherst. 'Jazz in July' was founded by Dr. Frederick Tillis - Professor Emeritus and Dr. Billy Taylor, and offers study and performance opportunities for vocalists as well as instrumentalists. Carol's study opportunities with many fine Musicians and Educators included the piano master class with Dr. Billy Taylor, vocal workshop with Ms. Sheila Jordan and Professor Catherine Jensen-Hole and ensemble class with internationally renowned jazz violinist Mr. John Blake, Jr.

During July 2004, Miss Daggs participated in the 2004 IBLA Grand Prize , in Ibla-Ragusa, Sicily and received the 2004 IBLA Honorable 'Special Mention' for performing solo - (piano and voice) jazz standards and original compositions. Miss Daggs' range as: musician - (pianist and vocalist), composer, arranger, lyricist and educator contribute to her success as the leader of her newly formed Jazzage, pronounced (J_zz - ahge_). Jazzage includes the following personnel: Carol R. Daggs - piano & voice, James A. Daggs - upright bass, Joshua Kiggans - drum set, Andy Smicker - trumpet & flugelhorn. Miss Daggs is a member of ASCAP and Society of Composers, Inc. This summer, her group debuted on the New York City Jazz mobile in Harlem's Morningside Park, and opened for Kevin Mahogany at the Jazz in the Valley festival at Williams Lake Resort in Rosendale, New York on August 26, 2006 - . Miss Daggs was also selected as an Associate Artist to attend residency at Atlantic Center for the Arts There she composed and performed with Master Artist, Mr. Sam Rivers. This November 10-11, 2006 she will present her original work at the SCI Region II Conference at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.