Traces the journey of jazz: it’s origins, styles and various ways jazz “speaks,” including connections to Latin culture and influence on spoken word poetry.
Bridge Sessions easily intersect with state standards for music education, as well as standards for many other classroom subjects. Although no advance preparation is necessary to attend, we encourage teachers to connect Bridge Sessions back to your classrooms. Please contact us if any additional information would be helpful.
Jazz, Afro-Cuban, spoken word poetry, R&B, hip-hop
Saxophone, keyboard, percussion, voice
Music You’ll Hear
Black Mountain Blues (Bessie Smith)
The Weary Blues (poem by Langston Hughes)
Mood Indigo (Duke Ellington)
Walking Parker Home (poem by Bob Kaufman)
Yardbird Suite (Charlie Parker)
Afro Blue (Mongo Santamaría)
Cat Scat Wisher (poem by Yolanda Wisher, set to music by Killer Joe)
Jazz is My Religion (poem by Ted Joans, set to music by Digable Planets)