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 calandar 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 »


Schedule-at-a-Glance

 

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.

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Calendar

Bill “Bojangles” Robinson – Repeat the Beat: Tap Your Feet, 10:00am

All ages

10am - 4:45pm
Bill “Bojangles” Robinson is thought to be the most famous tap dancer of the 20th century.  His style transitioned from a soft and flat-footed shuffling motion to a delicate and precise art; making him celebrated for his light and exacting footwork. Design your own tap shoes to create rhythms with our feet! 

This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.
 

In The Mood: Painting Musical Emotions, 10:00am

All ages

10am - 4:45pm
Families will be inspired to create artwork by the emotions felt when listening to Jazz. Discover what creates the melancholy mood in Billie Holiday’s voice, or the cheerful sound of Duke Ellington’s Big Band. Explore how your mood is affected by musical elements such as key, melody, harmony and tempo, using a piece of historic sheet music as your canvas.

This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.

EatPlayGrow™: Move to the Beat, 10:00am

4 & younger

Design your own drum from various collage materials; connect the drum beats to healthy heartbeats in your body.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn descriptive vocabulary, develop shape and color recognition, sensory awareness and creative expression
 

Swept Away: When Water Meets Sand, 10:30am

4 & younger

10:30am - 4pm
Explore how water changes ecosystems with our new Erosion Table! Discover water’s power on Earth’s surface by creating rivers and lakes through sand.

All Jazzed Up Performance: Tap Specialist - Alex Macdonald, 11:00am

All ages

11am - 3pm
Alex MacDonald began tap dancing at the age of 3! He has performed at such prominent theaters as Webster Hall and Symphony Space. In September of 2010, he made his national television debut, when the company traveled to Las Vegas to perform on the 45th annual Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.
This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.
 

Movement & Circle Time, 11:30am

4 & younger

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn new vocabulary, build listening skills and learn to be part of a group.

Stack ‘em Up!, 11:30am

4 & younger

Use colorful, transparent blocks to build your own structures and explore balance. What can you design and build out of geometric shapes?
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn descriptive vocabulary, develop shape recognition, early math and motor.
 

Mural Wall Painting, 12:00pm

4 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Science Skills (color mixing and cause and effect)

EatPlayGrow™: Move to the Beat, 1:00pm

4 & younger

Design your own drum from various collage materials; connect the drum beats to healthy heartbeats in your body.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn descriptive vocabulary, develop shape and color recognition, sensory awareness and creative expression
 

Dance the Lindy Hop (Demo), 1:30pm

All ages

Learn to do the Lindy Hop by moving your feet to the arrangement of basic tap steps. Try to tap your feet fast or slow to a variety of rhythms or tempo. Can you create your own step combinations?

This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.

Mural Wall Painting, 2:30pm

4 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Science Skills (color mixing and cause and effect)

Skit Scat Stories & Songs!, 3:00pm

All ages

Listen to iconic performances of jazz music and then read books about the ‘Jazz Legends’ who performed them.

This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

4 & younger

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn new vocabulary, build listening skills and learn to be part of a group.

Stack ‘em Up!, 4:00pm

4 & younger

Use colorful, transparent blocks to build your own structures and explore balance. What can you design and build out of geometric shapes?
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn descriptive vocabulary, develop shape recognition, early math and motor.
 

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