Jazzed! The Changing Beat of 125th Street

Jazzed! The Changing Beat of 125th Street

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All Ages
May – December 31, 2014

Get jazzed at CMOM! Find your own beat as you tap, snap, clap and stomp your way through. Live music, hands-on art workshops and an immersive environment celebrates the rich history and lasting legacy of jazz in America. This interactive exhibition and program series features rarely seen images, archival footage, and original jazz artifacts.

Enter a world of big bands, intimate jazz clubs and shimmering stages . . .

SCAT with Ella! Delight at the sounds of your favorite nursery rhymes being sung by the great Ella Fitzgerald, then sing along at the 1930’s pretend-play microphone.

TAP like Bojangles! Marvel at the skill of iconic tap dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson doing    his famous staircase dance in rarely seen archival footage, then make your own tap shoes and choreograph a unique routine on the Bojangles Tap Staircase.

SWING with Duke! Meet Duke Ellington, legendary bandleader, pianist and composer through artifacts and photos from his band. Experience a contemporary jazz band at a large touchscreen interactive that encourages you to be the bandleader by choosing which musician and instrument to feature. And make your own instrument to take home!

CMOM partnered with The National Jazz Museum in Harlem to develop this exhibition. More »


Live Music and Dance Almost Every Day!

Join us for an astounding line-up of performances by local and national contemporary jazz artists, view CMOM calendar for performances »

Be Creative at Hands-on Workshops!

Get children singing, dancing, making art and thinking about jazz in a whole new way, view Jazzed! Programs »



May – June 2014
Saturday & Sunday Performances
Daily Programs

July – August 2014
Live Performances 6 Days a Week!
Daily Programs

September – December 2014
Saturday Performances
Daily Programs

December Break
December 24, 2014 – January 2, 2015
Weeklong Jazz Performances
Daily Programs

Over 50 performances and daily art workshops throughout the entire run of the exhibit!

Download full schedule of performances (pdf) »
Check the CMOM calendar for schedule changes and updates »


Jazzed! The Changing Beat of 125th Street is made possible with support from Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency, and National Endowment for the Arts.
Thank you to the Manhattan School of Music for providing the jazz pianists.

Save the Date!
CMOM 2014 Spring Gala

Thursday, 15 May 2014
The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers

Schedule of Programs

Messy With Art, 10:00am

5 & younger

Explore new textures and techniques as we use art materials in unusual ways!

Piano Music & Melodies, 10:30am

5 & younger

Explore keyboard pianos while identifying animals, singing songs, and moving together!

Movement & Circle Time, 11:00am

5 & younger

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories.

Jam Band, 11:30am

5 & younger

Use tambourines, maracas, bells and rhythm sticks to make beats as CMOM educators lead you in a collaborative and creative jam session.

Mural Wall Painting, 12:00pm

5 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.

Parachute Play, 12:30pm

5 & younger

Blue and green, yellow and red. What colors can you find over head?

Wacky Halloween Creatures , 1:00pm

5 & younger

Halloween is known for finding spooky things roaming through the night! Create your own wacky creature to scare off the ghosts, ghouls and goblins!  

S.T.E.A.M. Lab, 3:00pm

5 & younger

Watch things fizz, tinker with some toys and explore other experiments inspired by Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math!

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

5 & younger

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories.

Full Calendar