Generations of Jazz

Generations of Jazz Info

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GENERATIONS OF JAZZ is a musical history lesson performed by a jazz band and singers, demonstrating the origins and evolution of jazz from its roots in the Negro spiritual and European music to Dixieland, Swing, Bebop and a few stops in between. The role of each instrument and singing style is explained and demonstrated. Students participate in several parts of the program.

Our team of A-list performers has crafted a program that will make the day a memorable one for your students. Our goal was to rival the top programs similarly offered in other school districts across the country, including those in New York City, Los Angeles and New Orleans. We have used to our advantage the Garden State’s concentration of top-notch college programs and jazz schools, plus the high number of jazz musicians that reside here. Our quintet consists of some of the leading jazz educators and performers to be found anywhere! The program is usually around 75 minutes in duration but can be slightly longer or shorter, as suits your school’s schedule.

Generations of Jazz delivers the following:

  • a tour of jazz history both chronologically by decade and stylistically.
  • a sampling of the early origins of jazz, including African music, blues and ragtime, then moving through the decades from New Orleans through the Big Band Era, bebop, Latin and modern jazz. Along the way students will learn about some of the leading jazz artists of history and today.
  • a review of the instruments and how they are distinctively used in jazz.

The Generations of Jazz program can be performed for students from kindergarten through high school, as well as for college and adult organizations, with adaptations to accommodate each age group.

For information or to book a performance, contact James Pansulla at

Generations of Jazz is funded in part by the Arts Council of the Morris Area through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
* Ten performances are funded in part by grants from Rea Charitable Trust and Wells Fargo Bank.