All That Jazz

Elementary school students don’t get much exposure to jazz, but they did yesterday at Williams Magnet School.  Carlos Martinez works at the school.   He and members of the New, New Orleans Jazz Band put on a short concert for the youngsters.  Carlos has done this in the past, but this time it was different according to Williams’ teacher Judy Coder.  “The Jazz Foundation of America asked Carlos to move it up to the next level, instead of performing for the kids, to involve the kids in the performance.”  That’s exactly what happened.  Coder helped her 4th grade string players learn two songs which they performed along with the jazz band.  Coder said when the kids were told they would be performing with the jazz band, their response was “awesome.”