For 20 years, the Nashville Jazz Workshop (NJW) has provided community programming, enriching lives and supporting the art form of jazz through education and jazz performances. This summer, NJW is excited to launch this free event, Jazz AM, their new initiative dedicated to the children of North Nashville on Saturday June 5 at 10 a.m. at Hadley Park. NJW is taking the lead in ensuring that the future of Nashville is truly a city of music by bringing jazz music to the ears of young Nashvillians.
NJW will host a monthly series of free hour-long Saturday morning events aimed at exposing children to jazz through age-appropriate activities involving improvisation, rhythm and movement.
Jazz greats like Louis Armstrong will come to life as talented puppet characters who are sure to inspire children across Nashville. The entertaining programming, led by trained professionals and jazz musicians, is designed to engage students, encourage creativity, promote collaboration, and develop musicality in children ages 2-10 and families.
“The impact of music on children has been and will continue to be a deep part of the foundation of children,” said Eric Dilts, executive director of NJW. “Learning jazz has an impact on children’s creativity and musical development even before they learn to play an instrument. We are excited to launch this initiative in the heart of the North Nashville community, powered by our great partners Community Foundation and Zander Insurance. “
Jazz AM will be hosted at Hadley Park in June and July. Social distancing and extra steps will be taken to ensure a fun and safe family event. In the fall, the program will relocate to NJW’s new state-of-the-art facility at 1012 Buchanan Street in North Nashville.
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Calendar of events 2021
June: The first sounds of jazz, Louis Armstrong
July: The First Lady of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald
August: The first Big Band of Jazz, Duke Ellington
September: The first sounds of Bebop, Charlie Parker
October: The first gentleman of jazz, Nat King Cole
November: “Cool Blue”, Miles Davis
December: Jazzy Christmas