Dixieland Jazz for Children
- Genre: Kids/Family: General Children’s Music
- Release Date: 2006
- CD: 20 Songs
- UPC #634479678257
“We started out with Dixieland Jazz for Children by Johnette Downing and Jimmy LaRocca’s Original Dixieland Jazz Band. Z’s favorite song on this CD by far is the first one, “Dixieland Jazz’ – “Dixieland Jazz, Dixieland Jazz the best jazz in the land…” – the song then goes on to introduce all the different instruments in the standard Dixieland Jazz band. Other favorite songs from the album include “Throw Me Something Mister” – all about getting some beads and doubloons from a float in a Mardi Gras parade (I can’t wait to take Z to a proper Mardi Gras parade), “I’ve Got Happy Feet” – which for some reason reminds me of that famous New Orleans con where the con bets the mark that he can tell you where you got your shoes. (The answer plays on the New Orleans’ substitution of “you’ve” with “you,” and it’s whatever street you’re standing on – if you’re on Decatur, for example, it’s “you got your shoes on Decatur right now.”) But the song is really about dancing your way through New Orleans.”
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Dixieland Jazz for Children by WIGGLE WORM RECORDS
Age: 4 to 8
Gender: Boys and Girls
My Impressions: These musicians know Dixieland jazz style and have produced a really fun CD for kids! At the very beginning of the CD, the lead singer gives a brief story about when and where Dixieland jazz originated. In addition, they introduce each instrument on the CD, one by one, so that kids can hear the difference in the sound. As a music educator, I love how the musicians have put this one together.
Kid’s Perspective: One of the great things about this CD is that it is truly not age-specific. Many CDs on the market are targeted at a very small age group, and your child can only enjoy them for a couple years at most. At age 2, my daughter thinks this CD is really fun to dance to, but I know she will be able to continue listening to it for years to come.
My Recommendation: As a musician and a mom, I give this CD a very high rating! The musicians are very good and this music is easy for all ages to enjoy. As a side note, my husband and I thought the last song, “Someday Your Dreams,” was very pretty and even romantic.