Jazz music filled the air in the San Pascual Elementary School auditorium on Friday, with the Maestro Delbert Taylor and Friends jazz group presenting the Los Angeles Jazz Society's "Jazz in Education" program in honor of Black History Month.
Students in kindergarten through sixth grade clapped and danced along during an hour long concert and educational program which introduced the sounds of jazz music, the instruments used, and how famous African American artists, such as Charlie Parker and his "be bop" style, influenced today's "hip hop."
The L.A. Jazz Society has visited 45 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District every February for Black History Month since 1988. This free performance is funded through donations and grants. The L.A. Jazz Society encourages children to listen to and enjoy jazz music, with the hopes of inspiring children to consider playing a musical instrument.
This press release was submitted to Highland Park-Mount Washington Patch by San Pascual Elementary School teacher Sharon Nakata.