Carolyn Sloan presents "Welcome to Jazz," with Nikara Warren

October 5, 2019, 3:00 PM

152 Sterling Place
Marlene Clary Performance Space
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Carolyn Sloan joins us at The Berkeley Carroll School's Marlene Clary Performance Space to read from her new book, Welcome to Jazz: A Swing Along Celebration of America's Music, with jazz musician Nikara Warren. Featuring a live performance by a selection of Berkeley Carroll jazz students! Doors open at 2:30 PM. 


About Welcome to Jazz: 
A follow-up to Welcome to the Symphony, Carolyn Sloan's Welcome to Jazz is an introduction to jazz for young children, in a lively picture book complete with sound buttons to hear the instruments, the rhythms, and the New Orleans sound of "When the Saints Go Marching In"—a jazz song everyone knows!

Are you ready to swing? Discover the wonders of jazz: How to get in the groove, what it means to play a solo, and the joy of singing along in a call-and-response.

In this interactive swing-along picture book with 12 sound chips, you’ll hear the instruments of jazz—the rhythm section with its banjo, drums, and tuba, and the leads, like the clarinet, trumpet, and trombone. And you’ll hear singers scat, improvising melodies with nonsense syllables like be-bop and doo-we-ah!

Along the way, you’ll learn how this unique African American art form started in New Orleans, and how jazz changed over time as innovative musicians like King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Billie Holiday added their own ideas to it. Press the buttons to hear the band, the rhythms, and the singer calling out: “OH WHEN THE SAINTS—oh when the saints…”


Carolyn Sloan is a music educator at the Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn, New York, and the author of Finding Your Voice: A Practical and Spiritual Approach to Singing and Living. A songwriter and musician, she has been writing music for theater, television, and children for the past 20 years. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.