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Friday, October 28, 2016

Animated Jazz History - Does it Swing?

An Introduction to Swing Jazz for Young People
Part 1

Animated Jazz History
Does it Swing?


This is the first of three clips introducing young people London to music, specifically swing jazz music. I wanted to connect this American music with Europe and so in begins in London with Samuel Coleridge Taylor, a black British musician and composer. The animation in this piece was made by Jarek Radecki.






Does it Swing?
An Introduction to Swing Jazz for Young People
Part 2

This clip was part of a live performance for young people at the Barbican. The musicians discuss the relationship between dance and sound, the use of mutes, sound effects, and multi-phonics. The musicians are joined by members of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Wycliffe Gordon on trombone, Reginald Thomas on piano, and Alvin Atkinson on drums. They perform two songs associated with Duke Ellington: It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing, and Take the "A" Train. Wycliffe Gordon sings Minnie the Moocher by Cab Calloway. Abram Wilson from Tomorrow's Warriors on trumpet. Written, directed and edited by Geoff Johnston. Animation by Jarek Radecki.


Clip 2 from the "Does it Swing?" performance at the Barbican, June 2010. This clip introduces scat singing to a young audience. The concert mixed documentary with animation and live music. The song performed was written by jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.

The song is performed by Tomorrows Warriors.



 Does it Swing?
An Introduction to Swing Jazz for Young People
Part 3
This is the last section of Does it Swing? an introduction to Swing Music. This section discusses how jazz music brings people together, and in an interactive minute, the audience becomes a rhythm section. This performance for young people in 2010 at the Barbican mixed documentary video, animation and live jazz performed by members of Jazz at Lincoln Center and the UK's Tomorrow's Warriors. In this section they perform Duke Ellington's "Caravan" and Wycliffe Gordon sings "Stardust".




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