Arts, Music, Recommended Books

Music for Spring & Educational Resources

What song could be better than jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard’s “Up Jumped Spring” for this, the first weekend of spring?

This morning, I was reintroduced to an old favorite as a bright blue sky filled my window and I awoke to the Abbey Lincoln and Stan Getz version from 1991.

Here is their version and the classic Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers recording with the giants Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Curtis Fuller (trombone), Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Cedar Walton (piano), Jymie Merritt (bass), and Art Blakey (drums).

Listen while taking in the playful dance of crocus and daffodil, cherry blossom and forsythia, and new green below and high above your feet!

Want to learn more about Jazz?

Check out these sites & books:

PBS Kids GO! Jazz 

Nicky the Jazz Cat: A fabulous book for kids of all ages, but especially K-3, by photographer Carol Friedman.  I recently used this with a student to both reinforce phonological awareness (the book has wonderful rhymes) and introduce him to some pretty cool jazz cats like Abbey Lincoln, Lionel Hampton, Ella Fitzgerald, Quincy Jones and more!  Her website enlarges the scope of the book with a history of jazz & the music makers, visual art, CD’s, and more.

A Tisket-A Tasket by Ella Fitzgerald and illustrated by Ora Eitan

Jazz Books for Kids Pre-K-6th Grade: This is a great reference list!

Jazz at Lincoln Center–Education If you can’t make it to New York City, travel virtually to this landmark institution.  Online resources for teachers, parents and students.

Scholastic–Black History & Change: Jazz  This site includes lesson plans, audio clips, and videos!  Easy to use for students and teachers.

Looking for Jazz in Seattle?

The Seattle Jazz Scene 

Keep Swinging!