This concert, geared toward children and their families, is a passion realized for Rhode Island-based vocalist, Tish Adams. She and her band of friends enthusiastically share their love of LIVE music using Classic Jazz, Blues, Nursery Rhymes and Children’s Favorites.
Adams is well known for her continuing run of February appearances at JAZZ FOR KIDS (Greenvale Vineyards, Portsmouth RI, www.greenvale.com). “I look forward to it every year. I have as much fun as the kids do,” Adams says. “That event inspired this one. I wanted to take that same type of show ‘on the road’ to every kid, everywhere.
Everyone should have the live music experience! Some of my most treasured childhood memories are the weekend outings that my parents shared with me. We enjoyed various types of live performance, but most magical to me were the matinee shows in some of the Boston area’s best Jazz clubs.
Adams is often asked if the show is educational. “Absolutely,” she replies “but not in the way you’re probably thinking. Do most kids know where music comes from? As most food does not start out in a market, music does not come from a digital media device. Music is created by living, breathing musicians. Do most kids know that Jazz was ‘Made in the USA’ and that it is at the root of all the music they listen to now?
This experience also improves social skills. Many a new friend can be made in this setting. Audience participation encourages cooperation and inspires the shy. Using the concept of Call and Response, as old as music itself, many of the show’s musical numbers get help from enthusiastic youngsters. They follow Adams’ directions, jumping at every opportunity to chime in. They share animal sounds during Swinging On A Star, numbers and colors in Four and A-Tisket A-Tasket, Scat phrases that sound more like magic words from Orange Colored Sky and the sheer fun of all those “Doo-Wah’s” in It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing).
FREE & OPEN TO ALL!
This delightful program is fun for both children and their grown-ups. Kids are not expected to sit down OR be quiet. Instead, dancing and singing are encouraged. Whether it’s The Diaper Wag, Ring Around The Rosie, or your own Free-Style, please participate in the experience! Be sure to save some energy for the Choo Choo Line to Duke Ellington’s classic, Take The “A” Train!