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Changing Perceptions

All music is folk music; I ain’t never heard no horse sing a song” – Louis Armstrong

One of the challenges that “JumpinJazz Kids” faces is the stigma of jazz being somehow esoteric, or too complicated for everyone to enjoy. Jazz easily gets classified as music with too much dissonance, not enough melody, too many complexities & indulgences, not enough purpose and brevity. And even though it is as American as baseball and apple pie, jazz is embraced more widely in other countries, from Japan to France.

We believe that jazz, as an inaccessible art form is an error. We believe that jazz – like any genre- is diverse, with something for everyone. Are you into jam bands? Check out the improv of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie! Into metal?  Buddy Rich’s power and speed on the drums might surprise you. Love melodic songwriters? Try Miles Davis’ ‘Kind of Blue’, or any of Duke Ellington’s classics. If you enjoy pop, from Taylor Swift to Celine Dion, grab an Ella Fitzgerald record and savor her masterful vocals.

Jazz encompasses beautiful melodies, skillful songwriting, first-rate musicianship, and every artist pouring their soul into the music. To us, that is what jazz is all about. If you think you don’t like jazz, you probably just haven’t found the artist that resonates with you – yet. Just as you’d be remiss to write off pop music simply because you don’t like Katy Perry, you can find a lot to love about jazz once you approach it without any preconceived notions. Enjoy!

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