[Dixielandjazz] Re: Playing For Kids

Dan Augustine ds.augustine at mail.utexas.edu
Thu Mar 4 22:22:22 PST 2004

Steve and DJML--
     It's a shame that (apparently) there's no way to get Steve's 
band's performance taped for PBS (or any kind of TV), because if ever 
there were a great educational and fun show about jazz for kids, this 
is it (or one of them).
     Is there any way to get a grant or something to have a few shows 
like this taped and then marketed to television stations (PBS and 
others)?  Or distributed to school districts around the country 
somehow?  And there's gotta be other such shows other bands are (or 
could be) putting on for kids, which are only done for local schools, 
but which would be wonderful if done nationally.
     Out of the mouths of babes: "Are you on the radio or TV?"
     Oh well....

>Date: Thu, 04 Mar 2004 19:37:32 -0500
>From: Stephen Barbone <barbonestreet at earthlink.net>
>Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Playing For Kids
>  >From 1 PM till 2 PM today, Barbone Street Jazz Band played Dixieland for
>Kids at Chadd's Ford Elementary School, a few miles outside of
>Philadelphia. The kids were YOUNG, from Kindergarten to 5th Grade.
>Mostly under 10 years old. We were in the Gym/Auditorium room of the
>Kids came up afterwards and asked questions. Like "Are you on the radio
>or TV?" or "Where can I come see you?" or "Do you like playing jazz 
>as much as you seem to, or is that part of the performance?" Etc., 
>etc.., etc.
>Like Wiggins said. Go out there and speak. Yeah, and while we are at it,
>let's speak through our horns, in the local schools, because guess what?
>The kids love it if you do it right. For this age, go short on the
>"history" and long on the "fun music".
>And smack those people who say this music is dying upside the head. The
>music is fine. All we need is a little marketing that gets it to venues
>where the people are. That starts with schools and extends to all kinds
>of gigs most of us seem not to have played in the past 30 years. BE
>Steve Barbone

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