Billy Mitchell’s Inner City Music Crusade

Jazz pianist Billy Mitchell, founder of the Watts-Willowbrook Boys and Girls Club Conservatory, wasn’t sure at first if a classical music program in South Los Angeles would do any good. The community of Watts faced a host of challenges then, and still does: perennially underserved, claimed by gangs,┬áin transition from African American to Latino, and […]

The Watts-Willowbrook Conservatory of Music

After neighboring schools let out on Tuesdays and Thursdays, students of the Watts-Willowbrook Boys and Girls Club Conservatory walk to the Boys and Girls Club for rehearsal, if they are close enough; others are bussed in, to avoid runs-ins with gangs. For one hour in the afternoon, they practice on loaned violins, violas, cellos and […]