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Music Review: Kinderjazz

Kinderjazz

Australia’s Kinderjazz is the world’s only big Jazz band for young children and their parents and grandparents. They have fans all over the world who travel to Sidney just to attend their concerts which take place in a variety of locales including the Sidney Opera House, local festivals and more. Kids and grown ups come to watch the live performances, sing along, dance and enjoy quality family time.

“Children are deeply complicated and sensitive people.”
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It’s a way to get children away from digital devices and support and expand their education in a fun setting. Children learn about things like spelling and ABC along with live Music, singing, acoustic musical instruments and a variety of musical styles including swing, Latin, Bebop, blues, boogie, country, rock, etc.

The band has been around for nearly 10 years and has recorded 100 songs, 7 albums, and 6 children’s music CDs thus far. The tickets to their concerts are typically sold out quickly and they’ve won the Parent’s Choice GOLD Award in 2010.

Their near future goal is to expand into film and TV and there is a documentary in the works courtesy of Filigree Films.

Kinderjazz’s goal is to inspire children’s developing intellects in a creative, spontaneous and nurturing manner as well as bring family oriented entertainment back to life.

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The following are the songs I’ve reviewed for this article:

1. Arabella

A Caribbean-inspired Latin Jazz big band type of song with a touch of Bebop. The song sounds like a family vacation piece.

2. Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Classic Big Band Jazz, 1950/60s style, with circus music elements.

3. In The Micro Aykho

Conga style Latin jazz with a 1950s sound, Multiple Vocals, featuring drums and trumpets. The song is obviously composed for children on the topic of food.

4. Razzmatazz

A swing jazz type of song with multiple vocals revolving around travel and fun. Portions of the song contain spoken dialogue commonly heard in musicals.

5. Do The Latin Alphabet

A lively, educational, big band Latin jazz song meant to inspire alphabet memorization with music and lyrics.

6. Homework Blues

A jazz blues song which starts on a serious note with a cartoonishly tragic sound decrying the burden of homework. It involves multiple vocals, some spoken dialogue with just a hint of Latin jazz, perhaps Brazilian jazz but not quite bossa nova; something more along the lines of jazz samba. This allows for a transition into an overall uplifting piece.

7. Fantabulous

A Latin pop-jazz fusion song.

8. You Can’t Stop The Music

A fast tempo, big band jazz song with multiple vocals.

9. What’s Cooking Double Booking

An uplifting, fast paced family vacation type of song. Latin jazz with a Caribbean influence, 1950s/60s style, instrumental (no vocals). It’s the kind of music frequently used in comedy films and comedic film scenes in general.

10. Potato Salad

This one is a spoken dialogue piece about a family which consists of multiple sisters and brothers with similar names. The story revolves around the fact that someone forgot the potato salad. It’s an educational musical tale which serves to inspire alphabet memorization while challenging the mind with a lengthy list of similar sounding names which also happen to rhyme.

11. Signals From Outer Space

Another educational, spoken word, fairy tale like musical story, focusing on spelling and a variety of distinct accents and dialects.

Overall, a high energy, fun, high quality album.

Kinderjazz

Bio

Whether you’re looking for ways to stimulate a developing young mind, would like to introduce children to the pleasures of music, or you just want your kids to have FUN, you’ll find that Kinderjazz’s collection of blues, Latin, ragtime, jazz, and swing music is perfect for girls and boys under the age of 12.

The one-of-a-kind swing band for children has performed in some of the most prestigious venues in the world, and their recorded music is specifically written to engage young children, while simultaneously appealing to adults of all ages.

Parents love it because it is jazz and it’s educational in a fun way, and grandparents love it because it takes them back. Children love the rhythms and enjoy the instruments.

Kinderjazz is a 12 piece fully acoustic swing orchestra, featuring some of the best musicians in Australia.

They have opened Manly Jazz Festival in 1998, and since then, have performed at the Sydney Opera House, Daring Harbour, the Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Parramatta Stadium to more than 10,000 families, Carols in the Domain 2000 on Channel 7, Stadium Australia, and many major venues around Australia.

“We are passionately committed to bringing the magical world of music and its instruments to children of all ages.”

Find Kinderjazz on Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace.

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