A Study on Jazz

A Study on Jazz
One of the most treasured music genres – jazz – came to life for students at Woodhull Elementary School when they attended a concert and presentation on the life and music of Louis Armstrong at Lincoln Center.
 
At the concert, jazz vocalist Catherine Ellis narrated the life story of Armstrong interspersed with relevant performances of his work, including “When the Saints Go Marching In,” “Wild Man Blues” and “Hello Dolly.” Students learned how jazz developed from the group improvisation of the original New Orleans Dixieland style to the more personalized solo-driven style that Armstrong himself is credited with popularizing.

Students then traveled to Corona, a neighborhood in Queens, New York, to visit the house where Armstrong lived from 1943 until his death in 1971. The residence was preserved following the death of Armstrong’s wife in 1983, restored, and opened as a museum in 2003. There they toured the modest but luxurious home, listening to Armstrong’s own commentary on the home, the neighborhood, and music, taken from his many homemade audio recordings. For lunch the students ate at neighborhood favorite Taqueria Nixtamal, where they placed their orders in Spanish and enjoyed some of the city’s best Mexican fare.