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Jason and the band perform the standard, “Summertime.”
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Jason explains what jazz “standards” are, and how musicians all over the globe know how to play these pieces.
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Jason explains how jazz musicians and baseball players are more alike than you would think, and helps you understand how musicians communicate during a performance.
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What are your musical “tastes?” Jason talks about what the responsibility of the audience is, and gives some tips about how to enjoy a jazz performance.
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Jason and the band improvise and vamp using the classic “Ain’t Misbehavin’” by Fats Waller. Make sure to pay attention to Jason’s new headwear.
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How is Jazz like a football play? Jason explains “hits” in jazz—and how players know how to navigate the music. The band then plays “Evidence” by Thelonious Monk to illustrate the point.
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Using the metaphor of “Harold and the Purple Crayon,” Jason explains what jazz means and how it works.
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While listening to a recording of a financial report, Jason creates a new composition using the sound of the reporter’s voice as his inspiration.
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Jason talks about the musicality of language, and then plays his original composition, "Ringing My Phone."
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The Kennedy Center’s Artistic Advisor for Jazz Jason Moran introduces himself and shares his thoughts on innovation and creativity—through the lens of skateboarding and Jazz.
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Now it’s time to really kick it into high gear on the dance floor. The Bachata takes some of its cues from other Latin dances, but it’s a unique dance unto itself. Remember, much of Latin dance is connected to “feeling the rhythm.” So listen to the music, and let it move you across the floor.
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Ricardo and Elba, along with the dancers from the After School Dance Fund , walk you through the basic steps of the Salsa, one of the most common Latin Dances. The name for the dance was inspired by the food, the dance representing many different styles all being mixed together and re-interpreted on the dance floor. After learning the steps by yourself, grab your partner and dance together.
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Ricardo and Elba are going to show you how, with just a few simple moves, you can impress on the floor in no time. The Merengue is the official dance of the Dominican Republic. Remember that when you’re dancing the Merengue, your feet don’t leave the floor.
Unpacking the Tracks: You Can't Hurry Love: Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" part 4 (in High Definition)
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Questlove of The Roots and Motown historian Harry Weinger explore “You Can’t Hurry Love,” recorded by The Supremes. They break down the typical “Motown sound,” demonstrating just how different the recording process was for Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.” More at whatsgoingonnow.org.
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Questlove of The Roots and Motown historian Harry Weinger continue to unpack Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.” They explore differences between the single and the album versions of the title track, and discover a surprise appearance by the Detroit Lions! More at whatsgoingonnow.org.
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Motown historian Harry Weinger and Questlove of The Roots dig deeper into Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.” They talk about synesthesia, raw harmonies, and avoiding the "perfect" Motown fade. More at whatsgoingonnow.org.