The following links
provide resources to support elementary school students' investigations
into jazz music and musicians.
Picasso's cubist painting:"Three
Musicians" available from the University
of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication
AAA Musical Playground for Kids: The History of Jazz Music (Suggested by Sarah Neale - August 2018)
History of Jazz on the Same Day Music Web Site (Suggested by Ms. Rivera and her students - Janaury 2011)
Jazz terms available from the Jazz in America Website
Jazz Education: Timeline by Eve Hullett (Suggested by Nicole in Mrs. Crawford's after school class - June 2012)
PBS Kids.org - Jazz - Includes
an interactive timeline.
Web Sites for Learning about Jazz Musicians:
Also known as "Satchmo" or "Pops,"
Louis Armstrong began his jazz musician career as a trumpet player
and ended it as the best known jazz singer of his time. Some people
say he invented jazz singing.
- The Official Site of the Louis Armstrong House & Archives
Includes his biography, information about his house in Queens,
New York, and the Satchmo archives (documents including instruments,
music, photographs, and awards).
Ephemera Press: The
Queens Jazz Trail - This site tells about a walking tour
that can take you to the homes and burial places of famous jazz
musicians, including Louis Armstrong.
About Jazz - Use "Search" to find Louis Armstrong's Biography
Edward Kennedy Ellington played his piano for royalty and for
everyday people. He was a great composer as well as a musician.
About Jazz - Use "search to find Duke Ellington's Biography
John Coltrane played the clarinet before
he found the alsto saxophone. He was influenced by the tenor
saxophonist Lester Young who played with Count Basie's Band.
"Train" played with Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis
before forming his own quartet.
Site - Biography, photos, movies (that include other jazz
About Jazz - Use "search" to find John Coltrane's Biography
Miles Davis started taking trumpt lessons when he was twelve.
His mother was a music teacher. Just after he graduated from
high school, Miles was allowed to sit in with Billy Eckstine's
band, which included Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie "Bird"
Miles Davis, the "Picasso of Jazz" - Site sponsored
Music - Click on the blue tab for his musical timeline.
About Jazz - Use "search" to find Miles Davis's Biography
"Dizzy" Gillespie's real name was John Birks Gillespie.
He earned this nickname because he enjoyed being silly on stage!
About Jazz - Use "search" to find Dizzy Gillespie's
Charlie "Yardbird" Parker was known for his innovative
improvisations. He played his last performance at a New York
City club called Birdland, named in his honor.
ClickitTicket - "Charlie 'Yardbird' Parker" by Jason OConnor - Biography, photos, videos
About Jazz - Use "search" to find Charlie Parker's Biography
Fifth-grade students at Gale Elementary School
in Tucson, Arizona, engaged in this unit of study and contributed the
jazz paintings to this page. Tracy Lynn Ross is their art instructor.