We’re bringing Jazz to a new generation of New Yorkers, ages 2-7 years old!
What to Expect
Due to the current regulations of social distancing we will be continuing the Jitterbugs classes as planned, but online via Zoom. We are happy to present our online program for families with kids 2-7 years old. Each event is a stand-alone class which will feature two instructors who lead the children through interactive music games. The children will get to know Jazz through storytelling, movement, listening and playing with instruments.
Classes are about 30 minutes long and are structured as a child-adult experience.
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Online Zoom Classes
The price is $15 per family.
Classes will be held online, on Sundays via Zoom.
Information on how to join the classes will be provided in an email before the event, with a video link and a password.
Summer Class Schedule
JUNE 14: Jazz Improvisation
We will explore one of the most important and unique aspects of Jazz music: Improvisation! What does it mean? How does it sound? How does it make Jazz different from other types of music?
Guest Artist: Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen
JULY 12: Brazilian Jazz
Brazilian jazz is one of the most influential and important types of Jazz. Let’s learn about music from Brazil and hear a Brazilian Jazz artist play some authentic tunes and Brazilian instruments, exploring the world of percussion sounds and sounds of the forest!
Guest Artist: Percussionist Valtinho Anastacio
AUGUST 16: Jazz Rhythm Section
What is Rhythm, or Jazz Rhythm Section? We will introduce Duke Ellington (AKA “Duck Ellington”) and learn about this influential composer, pianist, and bandleader and talk about jazz bands, big and small.
Guest Artist: TBA
SEPTEMBER 13: Latin Jazz
We will focus on music from Latin America, specifically Cuban and Puerto Rican. We will have a visit from the Jazz Fly and hear about his journey to the Jungle, exploring exciting rhythms and sounds.
Guest Artist: Pianist Pablo Mayor
Meet the Educator!
Each event will feature the brilliant instructor Jody Redhage Ferber! Jody is a Jazz and Classical cellist with a background in early childhood education! She will be accompanied by various Guest Artists in the Jitterbugs classes!
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Our Mission Statement
Jazz Forum Arts is a 501©3, not-for-profit arts presenting organization whose mission is to present top-quality events to the public at little or no cost, while enhancing the appreciation of Jazz, America’s preeminent indigenous musical art form.
Part of our mission is to welcome and engage people of all ages to have a hands on experience of Jazz.
Donate to the Program
As a non-profit organization we depend on your support to keep our community programs afloat!
Donations are optional and completely tax deductible.
Thank you for bringing smiles to the kids in our community!