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Jazz for Kids

There’s nothing to say that jazz is only for adults.   This musical style lends itself well to children – from the fun, upbeat tunes of Jazz legends like Ella Fitzgerald and all the sounds of a big band to the soothing chords of a jazz guitar.

Sleepytime Jazz Guitar from ABC Kids is a refreshing take on the traditional lullaby CD. This compilation features classics like ‘When I Fall In Love’, contemporary favourites ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’ and ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ and traditional nursery rhymes – the calming sounds of the jazz guitar are sure to give a restful sleep.

Miss Ella’s Playhouse features the favourites from the magnificent Ella Fitzgerald – one of the best know jazz artists ever. Parents, as well as kids, will love this CD with snappy tunes like ‘A-Tisket, A-Tasket’, ‘The Muffin Man’ and Fitzgerald’s unique rendition of nursery rhyme staple ‘Old McDondald’. You’ll be having lots of family fun with this CD as well as introducing your children to music royalty. This is aimed at ages one to four.

Jazz Playground from Putumayo Kids is a collection of international jazz songs for children. From bebop and swing to Latin and African jazz, this multicultural CD celebrates the vibrant diversity and global influence of jazz. The countries featured on this album include the USA, Australia, Japan, Brazil and Cuba.

Cool Jazz for Kids by Sean O’Boyle reworks classic childhood songs and gives them a jazzy twist – Jack and Jill didn’t just go up the hill – they danced up it (‘Jack and Jill Danced Up That Hill’) and Three Blind Mice becomes “Three Blind Monsters’. Or, did you know Mary had a really cool lamb? The songs by O’Boyle, a jazz-clarinet playing orchestra conductor, are super-charged with fun. O’Boyle is one of the most prolific musicians in Australia and had produced an extensive range of music for children and babies, as well as adults.

Kinderjazz is the big swing band for little kids. The album Swing Right Through This Town was recorded in 1999 and still remains the band’s best seller and a favourite with families. Kinderjazz is dedicated to family entertainment and introducing children from the start to music and the sounds of different instruments. Kinderjazz believes the fresh, snappy improvisations of jazz nurtures a child’s imagination and creativity.

Jazz Lullaby is a sweet, soothing CD to incorporate in your child’s bedtime routine. Some of the world’s most iconic jazz singers will take your little ones into a dreamy slumber – Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, Abbey Lincoln. (Parents may find they fall asleep too if they are having a cuddle with their kids while this is CD is on rotation.)


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