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Get ready to clap and sing along with the Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble!  This free one-hour concert will be an enjoyable way for all kids to learn about this great American music.  The performance will be at 10AM on October 6th, 2012 at Ford Hall in the Whalen Center for Music at Ithaca College.

Inspired by the children's jazz concerts done by Wynton Marsalis and Leonard Bernstein, the Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Vocal Ensemble will play, sing, demonstrate instruments — basically, do anything and everything to help answer the question "What is jazz?"

Jazz ensemble director Mike Titlebaum explains "For aspiring jazz musicians, it is important that we can teach children about the fundamental aspects of jazz that make it unique from any other music: primarily it's swinging rhythms and deep blues feeling.  And, we aspire to teach about it in a way that's fun and engaging to kids because we want to build an audience for the music we love so much.  And, because so many students in the music school are majoring in music education, they are extremely passionate about bringing music to young people."

On the concert, the ensemble will perform classic pieces by Duke Ellington, Cannonball Adderley and Bill Holman, as well as several new arrangements written by members of the group, including a swinging jazz version of "Happy Birthday."

The one-hour concert will be held on Saturday morning, October 6th at 10AM in Ford Hall, on the 4th floor of the Whalen Center for Music on the Ithaca College campus.

For more information, contact Mike Titlebaum at

Concerts are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.  Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation should contact the School of Music at 607-274-3717.

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