Jazz is the low moan of a saxophone, the growl of a trumpet, or staccato notes on a snare drum. Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) describes the art form as “a mingling of the musical expressions of all the people who came to the United States, by choice or by force; people from Africa, Europe, Latin America, as well as people who were already living in the U.S. Jazz was created by mixing together music from field chants and spirituals, to African rhythms and folk songs.”
Jazz at Lincoln Center produces a year-round schedule of performance, education, and broadcast events for audiences of all ages. Renowned jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis is the artistic director.
For Black History Month, the JALC lesson plans, Jazz and Democracy, Jazz in the Civil Rights Era, and Jazz and the Harlem Renaissance, are examples of materials JALC has made available to NAfME members.
Jazz at Lincoln Center You Tube videos—Watch Jazz Legends Practice Their Craft
Miles Davis, Freedom Jazz Dance
John Coltrane, Alabama
Louis Armstrong, The Real Ambassador
Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Over in the Glory Land
Ray Charles, Lift Every Voice and Sing
Lift Every Voice and Sing (with Lyrics)
Ella Jenkins, Wade in the Water
Roz Fehr, NAfME Communications Content Developer, February 12, 2015 © National Association for Music Education (NAfME.org)