JazzReach in NYC

When I first got to Yes Indeed! in Madison Square Park, parents/caretakers were all parking their strollers on one side of the park and then filing into the lawn area where the jazz group was getting ready to perform. Several large groups of kids wearing neon colored t-shirts also filed into the lawn and sat in groups. Parents brought children of all ages to experience this jazz performance and educational event and the lawn filled up very quickly.

The group played many different songs, and after each one they explained the significance. The singer detailed the roots of the jazz genre–how it formed in African American communities the late 19th century. She also explained how jazz could be both happy and sad depending on the rhythm and sound. Overall the children seemed interested in the show and enjoyed the music and quality time with their families and friends.

Photos by Ray Ludacer.

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