For more than 20 years, the members of Jazz for Young People have worked with local musicians to present its message all over the world, from Puerto Rico and Vietnam to Harlem. This year, the group will perform more than 500 concerts for schoolchildren. There will also be performances at Rose Hall dedicated to piano player and bandleader Count Basie (November 4) and Louis Armstrong, a talented youngster from New Orleans who changed the meaning of jazz (February 3, 2017).
“We make ties to American history and democracy — that’s the basis for the whole program,” says Todd Stoll, vice president of education for Jazz at Lincoln Center. In between songs “we talk a little about the origins of New Orleans jazz, the roles the different instruments play, some of the music’s major figures — and why it all matters.”