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Children become their own jazz musician at Children's Museum of Manhattan

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Wondering what to do this weekend with the kids? Head to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan to interact with their newest exhibit, “JAZZED! The Changing Beat of 125th Street.”

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Created in collaboration with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, this upbeat exhibit features daily live performances and workshops that will introduce families about New York’s historic jazz culture and the legendary musicians who helped to make New York as hip as it is. Beginning with the Harlem Renaissance, jazz became a major part of New York culture and its influence has lasted through the years.

According to the press release, “The exhibit focuses around three iconic figures from the time period: bandleader and composer Duke Ellington, vocalist Ella Fitzgerald and dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. The lives of other jazz icons, including greats like Billie Holiday and Mary Lou Williams, will also be highlighted.”

Take a step back in time when you wander through this interactive exhibit. Kids will love the colorful show, where they can be a jazz musician on their own: sing along to Ella, dance some tap with Bojangles, and lead a band with Duke. Touchscreen interactive kiosks, arts and crafts stations, and live performances will excite kids about song and dance, while learning a little history at the same time.

Original films of jazz legends performing, and instruments from the time period are all on display. Regular performances by both professional and student musicians will continue to take place through the course of the exhibition – performances include saxophone solos, tap and jazz dances, drum and trumpet duos, and more. Performances include music from all around the world – Indian, Chinese, Arab, French, American, West African and many more cultures are highlighted through this exhibit, showing the wide-ranging influence of jazz. For the full schedule of performances, check out the link here.

“JAZZED! The Changing Beat of 125th Street” (and its respective performances) is on view until the very end of 2014 – take your kids, take your friends, bring out-of-town visitors – they’ll all have a blast no matter what age!

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