GTMF on the Road offers jazzy journey – Jackson Hole News & Guide

At 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, at the Alta Branch of Teton County Library, kids and adults will get a tour of the world of influences that American jazz has assimilated over the past century or so. Samples played over the 45-minute program will feature Latin beats, Middle Eastern modes, African percussion and more, showing how jazz has become a music of the world. Audience members will be invited to join in, describing what the music makes them see and feel, trying their hand at improvising and joining in the jam with some hand-clapping or other percussion.

Following the lead of Meghan Heinrich, the festival’s new education curator who outdid herself with outreach program earlier in the season, Richards’ goals are manifold. She wants to appeal to a wide range of jazz experiences, from kids with little or no exposure to the music to adults who have some kind of chops…

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