• Activity of the Day

    Happy week 4 of Jazz Appreciation Month!

    All of April we are celebrating jazz history, musicians, instruments, and styles #JazzyWednesday. Jazz is an American style of music that grew out of blues and ragtime music created by African Americans living at the end of the 1800’s and early 1900’s. It is based on the ideas of rhythm, colaboration, and improvisation.

    American folk songs remade into jazz tunes

    Today we are learning about two famous folk songs and how two of my favorite jazz musicians turned them into jazz tunes! Ella Fitzgerald's 'A Tisket A Tasket' and Wynton Marsalis (with fiddle player Mark O'Connor) 'Boil Them Cabbage'.

  • Ella Fitzgerald

    Ella Fitzgerald

    April 25th, 1917- June 15th- 1996

    Ella Fitzgerald was the first African-American woman to win multiple Grammy Awards and the first star to perform during the Super Bowl Half Time Show (along with Carol Channing). While it certainly takes a lot of courage to get up and perform in front of that many people, those who knew her said that she was extremely shy. She is known as the “First Lady of Song” and the “Queen of Jazz”. In her 60 year career, Ella recorded 200 albums,  won 14 Grammy Awards, sold 40 million albums and won a lifetime achievement award!  “A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” skyrocketed Ella's career.  In 1938 it hit number one, selling 1 million copies, and stayed on the pop charts for 17 weeks.

    http://www.ellafitzgerald.com/

  • Wynton Marsalis

    Wynton Marsalis

    Born: October 18th, 1961

    Wynton Marsalis is a world renown trumpet musician, composer, jazz bandleader, music educator, and a leading advocate for jazz music. “He is the world’s first jazz artist to perform and compose across the full jazz spectrum from its New Orleans roots to bebop to modern jazz”- BAM.org He grew up in a musical family in the heartland of jazz, New Orleans. Wynton Marsalis continues to be awarded numerous accolades. These includes nine Grammys, countless honorary doctor degrees, He was the first musician to win Grammy Awards in both jazz and classical music categories in the same year and the first jazz artist to win the Pulitzer prize.

    https://wyntonmarsalis.org/


  • Activity of the Day

    Happy week 3 of Jazz Appreciation Month!

    "It Don't Mean A Thing if it Ain't Got that Swing!"

    jazz appreciation month posters

    All of April we are celebrating jazz history, musicians, instruments, and styles. #JazzyWednesday Jazz is an American style of music that grew out of blues and ragtime music created by African Americans living at the end of the 1800’s and early 1900’s. It is based on the ideas of rhythm, colaboration, and improvisation.

    "It Don't Mean A Thing if it Ain't Got that Swing!" was coined the theme song of the jazz swing era. This style of music first appeared during the Great Depression. The optimistic feeling of swing music lifted the spirits of everyone in America. This is fun song to sing and dance to!

  • Activity of the Day

    Jazz Appreciation Month week 2

    It's the 2nd week of Jazz Appreciation Month! All of April we are celebrating Jazz history, musicians, instruments, and styles. #JazzyWednesday

    Jazz is an American style of music that grew out of blues and ragtime music created by African Americans living at the end of the 1800’s and early 1900’s. It is based on the ideas of rhythm, colaboration, and improvisation. 

    Jazz History timeline

    Let's here some music from where it all began with BLUES, Brass Bands, African Traditions, and RAGTIME!


  • Activity of the Day!

    Happy Jazz Appreciation Month!

    On this site every Wednesday in April we will celebrate Jazz, its history, musicians, instruments, and styles. #JazzyWednesday

    Jazz Appreciation Month 2020 Poster

    What is Jazz?

    Jazz is an American style of music that grew out of blues and ragtime music created by African Americans living at the end of the 1800’s and early 1900’s. It is based on the ideas of rhythm, colaboration, and improvisation.

    A great place to start learning about Jazz is BrainPop!

    https://www.brainpop.com/artsandmusic/musicalgenres/jazz/