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Jazz is a uniquely American form of music. The links below take you to various websites that offer kid-friendly information about the history of jazz, famous jazz musicians and, of course, the music itself. Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong – these are just three of the great jazz musicians you'll explore at these exciting jazz websites. Plus, Classics for Kids® has programs that will help you learn about composers who wrote both jazz and classical music.

What is Jazz?
Jazz is defined as a style of music, native to America, characterized by a strong but flexible rhythmic understructure with solo and ensemble improvisations on basic tunes and chord patterns and, more recently, a highly sophisticated harmonic idiom. The Free Dictionary

Jazz Links

Jazz Websites for Kids
www.pbskids.org/jazz
www.smithsonianjazz.org
www.jalc.org/jazzED/j4yp_curr

Jazz Dictionary
www.menc.org/guides/jazz/Glossary.html

List of Books about Jazz for Kids
www.smithsonianjazz.org/bibliography/bib_start.asp

Jazz Curricula
www.jazzatlincolncenter.org/educ/curriculum.html
www.menc.org/guides/jazz/jazzappreciation.html
www.neajazzintheschools.org

Classics for Kids Jazz Programs
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Scott Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag
William Grant Still: Afro-American Symphony

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