All posts tagged: Arts Education

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 …