Jazz Up Your Library Programming

Next month is Jazz Appreciation Month, and DC Public Library is going all out with a packed schedule of jazz programming for all ages. Check out their programs below; you just may find something you want to keep in mind for your own Jazz Appreciation Month planning.

  • An Afternoon of Steelpan Jazz—DC’s East of the River Police Boys and Girls Steelband appears in concert. You do not want to miss this exciting afternoon of steelpan music played by kids with an appreciation for the steelpan and how the music bridges cultures.

  • Bring on That Beat, Jazzy Jazzy Jazzy Feet—Come and explore jazz with various stories, including the book Bring on That Beat by Rachel Isadora. We will listen to jazz and play musical instruments; for ages 3 to 8.

  • Chill with the Duke—Come join us for music, fun activities, and stories for children from 3–l5 years to learn about the wonders of one of the jazz greats, Duke Ellington.

  • Ears and Eyes for Jazz—Come and read about jazz musicians while listening to their music.

  • An Evening of Jazz Music—Come out to hear the band Music at the Met play an assortment of memorable jazz songs. This D.C. metropolitan group features the multi-talented keyboardist Michael Brookins.

  • An Evening of Spoken Word to Jazz—D.C. Metropolitan area’s very own Darlene Brown appears live. She is a poet, writer, and entrepreneur who, in 2003, produced the open-mic poetry show, “What’s The Word,” in Harlem, New York. Her 2003 poetry CD, Lovesick Lessons, featured inspirational poems over a smooth blend of jazz and R&B music.

  • Get Creative with Music!—Jazz improvisation workshop for kids ages 5–12 based on the Apple, Banana, Carrot method.

  • An Hour With the Wilson High School Jazz Chorus—A all-ages program of jazz music and stories with the fantastic Wilson High School Jazz Chorus.

  • Jazz Appreciation Month Story Time—Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with “A-Tisket A-Tasket” by Ella Fitzgerald. There will be a story discussion to learn more about the jazz singer, Ella Fitzgerald.

  • Jazz Appreciation Story & Craft Time—Jazz-themed story time. We’ll read books, sing songs, and dance around, all in celebration of this uniquely American art form. Stay after story time to participate in our craft session—create a jazz band collage in the style of Romare Bearden!

  • Jazz, Baby!—Children ages infant through 6 and their parents/caregivers will enjoy jazz books and music, plus dancing, singing, rhythm, and rhyme. Book selections will include Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler and Charlie Parker Played Be Bop by Chris Raschka.

  • Jazz Greats Ellington and Holiday—Enjoy a story time and learn about Washington D.C. native Duke Ellington and Baltimore’s Billy Holiday at this special celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month. Also, play PBS Bandleader to create your own unique jazz sound.

  • Jazz Story Time—Children will learn about John Coltrane.

  • Jazz for Toddlers—Toddlers will get into the jazz rhythm through a special story time, using jazz to sing favorite songs and rhymes.

  • Jazz with the Duke—Need to relax and mellow out on a Saturday afternoon? Come join us for the history of jazz followed by the life of D.C.’s own Duke Ellington and his music; for all ages.

  • Learn about Ella, Dizzie & Friends—Learn about jazz legends such as Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzie Gillespie through a special story time for ages 3–5 years.

  • Miss Ella’s Playhouse—The Georgetown Library is celebrating with Miss Ella’s Playhouse, a jazzy story time.

  • Open Mic: Words and Smooth Sounds—Jazz paints the backdrop as participants read their favorite original poetry.

  • A Saturday Jazz Afternoon with Lea and Friends—Come out for an afternoon of music featuring the group, Lea and Friends. The band will play a combination of jazz inspired pieces. Lea and Friends is known for engaging the audience with exceptional vocals and meaningful lyrics.

  • Swingin’ Stories at the Library—Listen to Ben’s Trumpet, the story of a boy who longs to have a trumpet. Hear the sounds of different instruments.

  • A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald—Families with children aged four and up are invited to learn more about Ella Fitzgerald, the first lady of jazz, and swing to her music.

And don’t forget to check out the Jazz Appreciation Month website for additional ideas and resources.

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