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Program brings jazz to Eagle County Schools

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

VAIL, Colorado – Jazz Goes to School, the Vail Jazz Foundation’s jazz education program for fourth- and fifth-graders, returns to Eagle County schools Jan. 9-12. The program features a quintet of professional musician/educators who travel to all 16 local elementary schools to share their love of jazz and American history, and inspire young people to embrace jazz.

This second session of the four-part program examines the foundation of jazz music, the rhythm section.

“We want to introduce the kids to the heart of jazz – the cool combination of drums, piano and bass forms the core of all jazz music,” said program director Tony Gulizia. “Now we add in the saxophone and percussion to create a clean cool sound they love.”

The children have the opportunity to not only hear the quintet play, but also to participate by playing special melodic and percussion instruments. Later in the Jazz Goes to School curriculum, the older students try their hand at creating jazz music. The final concert includes blues compositions created by the fifth-graders, performed in medley at the final concert.

Vail Resorts Echo, the company’s philanthropy program, has identified Jazz Goes to School as a necessary and valuable way to help bring the arts back into our schools.

Parents of fourth- and fifth-graders are encouraged to attend their children’s program next week to share their enthusiasm for what they learn.

Tony Gulizia (keyboard and vocals) directs the Jazz Goes to School program for the Vail Jazz Foundation. Gulizia is joined by his brother Joey, who is also a professional jazz musician and educator, on drums. Other musician/educators performing this week include Andy Hall (bass), Roger Neumann (saxophone), and Michael Pujado (percussion).

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