Jazz comes to life at Pittsfield Elementary

Pittsfield Elementary gets a lively musical history lesson

It’s one thing for children to learn a thing or two about jazz in a music or history class.

It’s quite another for a jazz band to take to the school stage for a rousing combination of music, history and artistry.

Pittsfield Elementary students on Thursday were treated to Jazzistry, an educational musical presentation that uses live performance to teach children and adults the story of jazz and its role in American history and culture.

Principal Carol Shakarian said Jazzistry is one of the finest performances available to elementary school students.

“They hear and learn about jazz, history, and artistry in this astounding musical journey that takes us through the decades,” she said.

The multi-talented Vincent York founded Vincent York’s Jazzistry in 1994 as a way to use live performance to teach the story of jazz and its role in American history and culture.  Now he performs in elementary, middle, and high schools throughout Michigan.

This was the second time Jazzistry performed at Pittsfield. Thursday’s event was made possible by the Michigan Council of the Arts and the Pittsfield PTO.

The students enjoyed watching the musicians march around the room. York is in yellow.
The children clapped along to one tune after another.
Jazzistry uses live performance to teach the story of jazz in American culture.
How many future jazz musicians were in the audience? Time will tell.



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