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We Love Jazz is an educational program designed for students 5 to 15 yrs old by internationally renowned trombonist and educator Clifton Anderson. The program teaches students about the basic meaning, origin and history of Jazz, as well as its major musical contributors in a fun and interactive setting. We Love Jazz educates students while stimulating interest and curiosity about music, particularly Jazz music. The program is a 45 minute to 1 hour  presentation. Each program is tailored to suit the particular age group in attendance, so presentations may vary.

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Included in the program is a fast paced discussion about the three basic components of music. These points are highlighted to springboard into a demonstration of how improvisation is created. We Love Jazz demonstrates the roots of improvisation, by highlighting West African scales and rhythms, European instruments and harmonies, and their fusion through the African-American experience. Examples of call and response and the significance of the blues are explained and performed with participation from the students.

All performances are by Clifton Anderson and his stellar ensemble, usually consisting of trombone, piano, bass and drums. A brief demonstration of each instrument and its role is given by each band member. Contributions by some of the greatest names in Jazz like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane are discussed and played culminating with a special performance of a Clifton Anderson original composition.


Students are encouraged to participate by singing, clapping and answering questions based on the presentation. A special gift is given to each student who answers questions correctly.

The We Love Jazz  presentation typically takes place in the school auditorium. A projector, laptop, screen and PA system are required.


To present "We Love Jazz" at your school contact  Clifton here:

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