“JumpinJazz Kids” is a unique line of children’s music that combines classic narrative storytelling with fun, pop-influenced jazz songs performed by world-renowned jazz artists, a jazz quintet and a full Symphony Orchestra. The stories follow the imaginative adventures of a seven year-old girl named Claire and her stuffed animal friends. The first title in the series, “A Swinging Jungle Tale,” finds Claire in her Grandpa’s backyard jungle looking for a “lost story” and powered by her imagination alone, Claire’s stuffed animal friends begin to magically come to life and she learns all about their world … and a little bit about herself along the way.
Our main goal is to provide quality children’s entertainment that fully engages the listener’s imagination. “A Swinging Jungle Tale” supports this idea through our “Imagination Is Me!” concept that requires the listener’s active participation to visualize Claire’s journey and actual physical movement to imitate the animal dance movements in each song to become a “real” part of the story.
Our target age group is 4-8 years olds but because of the quality of the music, the magnetic performances of the artists involved and the imaginative nature of the story, “JumpinJazz Kids” has something “wonderful” to offer to all ages.
“JumpinJazz Kids – A Swinging Jungle Tale” is the result of a great musical and personal collaboration between co-creators Mark Oblinger and Steve Barta. “Our musical vision and influences are so complementary that it’s made the work an absolute joy from the downbeat.” – Mark Oblinger
Songwriter, Composer, Producer and Performer
Mark Oblinger is a former member of Atlantic Recording Artist “Firefall” and has a long history of award winning work as a songwriter, composer, producer and performer. He created and produced two national award winning Jazz CDs for children, “Jungle Jazz Joint Jam” and “Jazz Joint Jump” and has won 5 Heartland Emmy Awards for his work as a composer/producer for the PBS Children’s Show, “The Big Green Rabbit”, “Yesterday’s Zoo and “The Sea I See”. Mark has arranged, produced and performed on dozens of CDs for numerous national and Colorado artists including vocal work on CDs by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield, Poco) and the Grammy nominated “The Spark” by Chris Daniels. Mark has composed music for short films and television including featured pieces for the Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Oz, Gaiam and theme music for Disneyworld’s Dolphin and Swan Resorts. Mark shares his Boulder, Colorado home with his wife and co-author of “A Swinging Tale” Linda and their two children, Kyle and (you might have guessed it) . . . Claire.
Pianist, Composer, Arranger, Producer, Educator
Pianist Steve Barta has stayed true to his creative path for over thirty years as a Composer, Recording Artist, Producer, Author, Educator and Speaker. He has performed his original works as a solo artist with jazz ensembles and symphony orchestras. His contribution to the world of music includes fourteen recordings that reflect his many influences, particularly Brazilian, Jazz and Classical. Steve has released fourteen recordings to date. He has worked and/or recorded with the likes of Al Jarreau, Hubert Laws, Herbie Mann, Dori Caymmi, B.B. King, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Paulinho da Costa, Mike Shapiro and many more. His recordings are available worldwide via SteveBartaMusic.com, iTunes, Amazon.com, and CD Baby.
Steve has written several works for symphony orchestra that have been performed worldwide. Mr. Barta is a music educator with over thirty years of experience teaching intermediate to advanced students, educators and professional musicians. Special areas of instruction for private students, clinics and Master Classes are Music Interpretation, Improvisation, Arranging and Composition.