Foot thumping rhythms, crooning voices, soulful melodies – jazz is a music with a history as rich as its sound. Follow the great migration that lead African Americans to Harlem, meet jazz icons such as Bessie Smith and Charlie Parker, and stop by the Cotton Club and Apollo Theater on a journey through the past of this American art form.
Justin Kauflin is a “jazz pianist who favors a clarity of touch and ideas, rarely spinning into an orbit he can’t control” (The New York Times). After losing his sight at the age of 11, Kauflin gravitated towards playing jazz piano, despite having a background in classical violin. He received top honors at jazz festivals across the U.S. and began performing professionally by age 15, and he was the subject of an award-winning documentary produced by Quincy Jones, Keep on Keepin' On. He has continued to garner numerous awards including the VSA International Young Soloist Award, he was selected as a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk Competition, and was voted 2011 "Jazz Artist of the Year" in VEER Magazine.
English Language Arts—Reading: Literature (RL.7, RL.9)
From Fairmont Street to U Street, from the Howard Theater to the Bohemian Caverns, take a tour through jazz history with Billy Taylor and Frank Wess, who lead listeners through their hometown's music scene in this 7-part audio series.
In this 3-5 lesson, students will explore jazz music and dance to write a jazz-inspired cinquain poem.
For school groups of 10 or more only (public performances for non-school groups may be available). Each student, teacher, and chaperone attending must have a ticket. Our performances are intended to provide educational opportunities to students within the metro area. We are partially funded through the Department of Education which enables us to offer our tickets at a reduced price. We provide family series events on the weekends which provide a better opportunity if your ratio of adults to students exceeds 1:4. If you need clarification please call the School Registration Office at (202) 416-8835.
Kennedy Center Education
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