SMARTS Jazz Band | SMARTS “Don’t Mean a Thing, If It Ain’t Got That Swing,” Grades 7-12


SMARTS Jazz Band, Grades 7-12 (Simon K)

Louis Armstrong once stated: “If you have to ask what Jazz is then you will never know.” Jazz originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, and was popularized by artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong, and many others. Jazz can be identified by its use of lively rhythms, improvisation, unusual accents, and unique melodies. It possesses elements of ragtime, marches, blues, and brass. Most importantly, jazz is considered to be the only original American art form. It has over 200 variations:

swing, bebop, cool jazz, fusion, jazz rock, and many others. The most common instruments are saxophone, trumpets, trombone, piano, and drums. However, guitar and violin can also be used. Bring your instrument and join this class if you play and are interested in exploring and creating a unique song. Students must bring their own labeled lunch and drink.


 SMARTS “Don’t Mean a Thing, If It Ain’t Got That Swing,” Grades 7-12 (Andi D)

This class is a deep dive in Jazz and its effect on dance and society. Jazz was an epic movement; it captured the zeitgeist of the ‘20s & ‘30s. When it started hitting the ballroom dance floor, it was vibrant, young and electrifying. It changed the way people understood music and movement. Prior to the arrival of Jazz Music, most ballroom dancing in the United States was done holding hands with a partner. The speed/tempo of the songs allowed for improvisation, and dance solos took front stage! Jazz is so vast; its concepts expanded to include genres such as: Bebop, Fusion, Big Band, Swing, Ragtime, and many more. Think moves like the Charleston, Fox Trot, Bourrée, or Shimmy. Join this dance class for a fun, high energy jazz immersion class.

Students must bring their own labeled lunch and drink.


This SMARTS Double Duty pairing allows for a deeper understanding/appreciation of Jazz; its mechanics and the entertainment side of this genre. Leading to a deeper understanding of Jazz and its continued impact on the music world.