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Jazz in Schools program welcomes 4,839 Columbus City School Students

by Mark Subel on February 24, 2010

Columbus, OH – This week, the Jazz Arts Group’s “Jazz in Schools” program welcomes 4,839 Columbus City School students for sold out performances of All That Jazz. Designed for grades 4-6, All That Jazz is a curriculum-based program featuring the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, led by trombonist Jim Masters, in a live performance of standard jazz repertoire at the historic Southern Theatre in downtown Columbus.

Performances are scheduled on the following dates/times:

· Thursday, February 25 – 10:30 am and 12 noon

· Friday, February 26 – 10:30 am and 12 noon

· Monday, March 1 – 10:30 am and 12 noon

· Tuesday, March 2 – 10:30 am and 12 noon

All That Jazz offers youngsters from all backgrounds the opportunity to hear the powerful sound of America’s big bands. Students discover jazz, its origin and development throughout American history, through a curriculum developed by central Ohio’s premier children’s jazz educator, Becky Ogden. Each student receives his/her own book to prepare them for the performance.

Lessons include: Improvisation, Big Band Instruments, 12-Bar Blues, Jazz Time Line, Jazz Vocabulary, Jazz Geography, 32-Bar Song Form, Musicians Biographies and much more.

While participating in the concert, students will use their knowledge from the materials to interact and sing along with the CJO during the performance. During this interactive Columbus Jazz Orchestra concert, students will demonstrate their knowledge of a 12-bar blues, sing “Route 66” and experience the excitement of the band.

“I can’t decide whether I’m more touched by the creativity and progress made by the students, the curious involvement of the teachers or the passionate interaction of the musicians,” states Director of Jazz in Schools Judy Shafer. “Jazz in Schools crafts win-win-win programs.”

All That Jazz is presented by the Jazz Arts Group’s Jazz in Schools program with ongoing support from Chase Bank.

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