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Jazz AM, North Nashville Saturday morning children's park program by Nashville Jazz Workshop

Dex Walker

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NASHVILLE, TN — Through Jazz education and shows, the Nashville Jazz Workshop or NJW has delivered community programming, enriching and sustaining the Jazz arts for 20 years.

This summer, NJW is thrilled to launch the Jazz AM, a free initiative event dedicated to the children of North Nashville. The first of the event series was held on Saturday, June 5. NJW aims to ensure that the city will be a Music City by Jazz shows brought to young Nashvillians.

Jazz AM will be at the Hadley Park through June and July as a free one-hour Saturday morning event. Jazz AM plans to expose children to Jazz through age-appropriate activities involving improvisation, rhythm, and movement.

Jazz legends like Louis Armstrong will be brought to life as talented puppet characters that will inspire children from all around Nashville. Trained professionals and Jazz musicians will help facilitate the program.

The initiative aims to engage students, boost their creativity, promote collaboration, and build musicianship among children aged 2 to 10 years and their families.

“The impact of music on children has and will continue to be a profound part of children’s foundation,” said NJW Executive Director Eric Dilts. “Learning about Jazz impacts children’s creativity and musical development even before they learn to play an instrument. We are excited to launch this initiative to the heart of the North Nashville community powered by our great partners Community Foundation and Zander Insurance.”

Social distancing and other health protocols will be applied to ensure a fun and safe family-friendly event. The program will move to NJW’s new art facility at 1012 Buchanan Street in North Nashville later this fall.

Here’s the lineup of their 2021 events:

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

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