Street Jazz at Lyrics Lounge

Posted: December 17, 2010 in Sessions

 

Lyrics Lounge - The Baby Soda Jazz Band came to teach ETC-ers something about New Orleans cool.

 

Lyrics Lounge: Session X

November 12, 2010

What happens when you put a bunch of urban school kids in a room with a big band-esque, New Orleans jazz quartet?  Some really energetic stuff happens, that’s what? Friday, November 12, Lyrics Lounge introduced the art form of jazz to ETC-ers by bringing “street jazz” to Harlem Children’s Zone. The Baby Soda Jazz Band dropped by Lyrics Lounge for an exciting evening of live jazz and music history. Students had an opportunity to discuss everything from syncopation and blue notes to the Lindy Hop and the Charleston with this all-star group of musicians. Our theme for the day was “Neo Jazz: The Influence of Jazz on Contemporary Music.” As far as the happenings, Baby Soda opened with a number of great jazz tunes and a couple of known standards (e.g. Rhapsody In Blue by George Gershwin). Students asked the group may questions about the their unique collection of instruments. For example, the bassist Peter Ford played a handmade, soapbox bass. Our youth were fascinated and mesmerized by the eclectic blend of talent on display.  They were also excited to learn about all the contemporary hip hop records that included samples of classic jazz recordings. It was an informative time. Finally, ETC-ers got a chance to perform with Baby Soda at the end. How awesome!

 

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