[Dixielandjazz] OKOM and kids
daveplaysthepiano at hotmail.com
Fri Mar 4 06:28:51 PST 2005
Teenagers and OKOM
I lead a teenage big band in a local high school as a volunteer. We are
performing 2 early jazz pieces (om pa om pa): It don't mean a thing and
Christopher Columbus. We will be competing in a kids jazz festival this
spring in NYC. We are all excited. Our repertoire will include the above
mentioned along with another Ellington Classic, "Caravan", a Frank Zappa
classic, "Blessed relief", and an ECM type piece as well.
I procured a stock of the Fletcher Henderson classic from net. Kids love
music festivals love it, judges love it, parents love it.
Today we started work on It don't mean a thing, featuring a classical
violinist recreating the classic solo from Stephan Grapelli over an early
arrangement for Duke Ellington. A hit with the kids, all the toes were
People love this music, which goes to prove: OKOM can survive if we take it
directly to them.
From the front:
Dundas ON Canada
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