Sunday, November 3, 2013

Jazz at PS4

Through a long-standing partnership with the Jazz Foundation of America and a surprise visit from Councilman Robert Jackson, PS4 has had great performances in our auditorium over the past few weeks!  Students from 1st to 5th grade were entertained by the legendary percussionist Ray Mantilla and the nonprofit, volunteer singing organization, Vocal Ease!

"What better way to enjoy jazz music than at the Duke Ellington School", Councilman Robert Jackson asked the audience of more than 250 students and teachers.  "I love jazz music."  Special thanks to Councilman Jackson and Eva Swan for bringing Vocal Ease to PS4 and giving a great tribute to our namesake, Duke Ellington.  Her group sang more than twenty of his famous songs, including 'Take the "A" Train'!  Click here to read more about her group and click play to hear student's favorite song!

Special thanks also goes to Will Glass from the Jazz Foundation of America for bringing the Ray Mantilla y Sus Amigos to our auditorium!  Inspired by his South Bronx, Afro-Cuban roots, percussionist Ray Mantilla became famous in the early 1970's. Our students really enjoyed his music!  They sang along and clapped their hands.  Click here to visit his website and check out this YouTube video of Mr. Mantilla playing with the most famous drummer in the world...Tito Puente!

Take a look at the collage below of a few photos from each performance!

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