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All That Jazz: The History of American Jazz Past to Present

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All That Jazz: The History of American Jazz Past to Present

Hot Horns


The history of jazz, America’s own musical art form, is presented in a swinging, foot-tapping, highly accessible way through this Hot Horns show. This high-energy presentation features blues, ragtime, dixieland, swing, jazz, funk, and pop. Beginning with the blues, a New Orleans style dixieland parade, and piano rags, Hot Horns takes students on a musical journey through the history of American Jazz, culminating ultimately in the popular music of today. The show draws connections between U.S. History and Music, introduces the origins and applications of improvisation, and teaches students about the various instruments of jazz. All That Jazz is an interactive show that inspires curiosity, appreciation, and excitement for America’s music.

Sample Common Core Connection
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6-8.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.


"Their choice of music held the attention of teenagers and their commentary created a wonderful learning environment."

Jim, Teacher, Catonsville High

"The children went home and were excited to tell their parents what they saw and heard today."

Brad, Assistant Principal, William Paca/Old Post Road Elementary

"The program was the perfect mix of entertainment and education."

Ann, PTA, Stoneleigh Elementary