Louise Rogers, Susan Milligan & Rick Strong | Jazzy Fairy Tales

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Jazzy Fairy Tales

by Louise Rogers, Susan Milligan & Rick Strong

Swing, boogie and dance as the playfulness of jazz gives these original versions of well known fairy tales new life.
Genre: Kids/Family: Children's Storytelling
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  Song Share Time Download
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1. The Jazzy Pigs
11:01 album only
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2. The Jazzy Goats
12:23 album only
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3. The Jazzy Bears
13:08 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Swing, boogie and dance as the playfulness of jazz gives these original versions of well known fairy tales new life! From the first sounds of Rick's bass and Louise’s voice, children are transported into a magical world where chocolate pudding tames a wolf, bears boogie and sing the blues, and trolls and goats scat and dance on tippy toes over bridges.

Susan Milligan is the storyteller at Medical Center Nursery School in Manhattan every Wednesday and Thursday. Louise is the Music Specialist at Medical Center Nursery School. Together, Louise and Susan continue to write and create jazzy stories with the children.

LOUISE'S EVENTS - WINTER/SPRING '09

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES FOR GENERAL PUBLIC:
Sunday, April 26 – Bowery Poetry Club for Kids, 12 noon – 1, $10 cover all ages http://www.bowerypoetry.com

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!!
Wednesday, April 22 – Annual “For Those We Love” jazz concert to benefit New York City Alzheimer's Chapter. Concert features Paquito D'Rivera, Jane Monheit, New York Voices and Louise Rogers!
Early Bird Special ends March 15!! Buy your tickets now at www.alznyc.org

LOUISE'S WINTER/SPRING ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE SCHEDULE
January: The Brearly School, Manhattan
February 12 – Clinician with elementary, middle and high school Jazz choirs at Patchogue-Medford School district.
March: California Avenue School, Uniondale, Long Island
April/May: Woods Road Elementary, North Babylon, N.Y. ; Belmont Elementary School, West Babylon, N.Y.; Gribben Elementary, Long Island

UPCOMING IN-SCHOOL PERFORMANCES:
March 20 – Belmont Elementary, West Babylon
March 25 – Bayville Elementary, Bayville, N.Y.
March 6 – Shelter Rock Elementary, Manhasset, N.Y.
March 6 – Munsey Park Elementary, Manhassett, N.Y.

PRIVATE:
Thursday, April 2 - Private Concert for Jewelry Show featuring the music of Cole Porter
Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, N.Y.

ONGOING:
Medical Center Nursery School – ages 2 ½ – 5, Manhattan, N.Y.
Roxbury High School – jazz vocal instructor for high school students, Roxbury, N.J.
Washington Heights Jazz Choir – ages 6 – 12, Manhattan, N.Y.
Spring concert is May 2 at Cornerstone Center 189th Street and Bennett Ave, Manhattan, N.Y. free and open to the public
6:30 pm concert time

PAST EVENTS:

Jazzy Fairy Tales
performed by Louise Rogers and Rick Strong
Written by Louise Rogers and Susan Milligan
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
1:00 pm
125 West Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002
http://www.carlemuseum.org

January 23 – January 30
Rick and Louise are off to Illinois for a week of Performances, workshops and clinics.
We'll be in Normal, Bloomington, Peoria area.

February Events:
Louise will be presenting 2 sessions at NJMEA Feb 20 and 21
Here's what's happening -
Feb 20: The National Standard of Improvisation: Louise Rogers, Lorraine Lynch and members of the Roxbury High School Revelations and Classic Sounds.
Feb 21: Extraordinary People Doing Ordinary Things: Louise Rogers and Dr. Kim McCord
For more info: www.njmea.org


BOOK A PERFORMANCE FOR YOUR SCHOOL OR PARTY!

Bop Boo Day and Jazzy Fairy Tales are both available for performances. The programs have been performed at many places including museums, schools, book stores, libraries and birthday parties. To book your performance now, please contact Louise at louise@jazzforyoungchildren.com or lrogers@panix.com

Jazzy Fairy Tales
Best suited for pre-k through grade 2

Jazzy Fairy Tales: With the assistance of Susan Milligan’s storytelling and inventive lyrical reworkings, Strong and Rogers turn fairy tales already familiar to preschoolers into jazzy versions that will delight all ages. Swing, boogie and dance as the playfulness of jazz gives these original versions of well known fairy tales new life! Children are transported into a magical world where chocolate pudding tames a wolf, bears boogie and sing the blues, and trolls and goats scat and dance on tippy toes over bridges. Fun stanzas like “Bop Boo Bop, Bop Boo Bay, Piggy feet hop, Piggy feet play”, sung with an Andrews Sisters swing will make children want to sing, dance and bop along in this interactive performance piece.


Bop Boo Day!
Program can be modified to work for pre -k through grade 4

From their self produced CD, Bop Boo Day!, Louise Rogers and Rick Strong celebrate some of the greatest artists of jazz. Through songs, poems and stories, very young children are introduced to Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie. In a call-and-response style, Rogers sings and scats and the kids respond, making the performance an interactive experience for all.

"With the assistance of Susan Milligan’s storytelling and inventive lyrical reworkings, Strong and Rogers turn fairy tales already familiar to preschoolers into jazzy versions that will delight all ages. " Elliott Simon - All About Jazz, April 2007

“The most joyously encouraging way of expanding the audience for jazz I’ve heard … Louise Rogers and Susan Milligan have developed an exhilarating – and fun – jazz curriculum .” Nat Hentoff

Jazzy Fairy Tales is the result of our exciting collaboration as storyteller and jazz vocalist. Based on our belief that music and storytelling should be an integral part of every child's day, we decided to join jazz and storytelling and see what would happen. We began with The Three Little Pigs. The children found new life in the retelling of this well known story, as the magic and playfulness of jazz gave them the freedom to boogie with the pigs! Our jazzy fairy tales are now performed for hundreds of young children who sing, swing, and scat along with their favorite fairy tale characters. Now you can sing the blues with the pigs, dance with the goats, and scat with the bears as you enjoy these lively, original jazzy tales with the children you love!


Louise Rogers is a growing leader in the field of jazz education for children, as well as an accomplished performer. Nat Hentoff praised her as "the most joyously encouraging way of expanding the audience for jazz". Her most recent CD, "Bass-ically Speaking", a CD of bass and voice featuring her husband, bassist Rick Strong, has been hailed by Jerry Bergonzi as a "Masterful performance... refreshing to hear." She has 2 jazz CDs out for children “Bop Boo Day” and “Jazzy Fairy Tales”. “Come Ready and See Me” is her newest jazz CD which will be released in June 2007. In addition to performing, Louise runs a children’s jazz choir and works regularly with students from preschool age through high school. She is the music specialist at The Medical Center Nursery School, a teaching artist in NYC and Long Island and a voice instructor at Roxbury High School in New Jersey. She is frequently hired as a clinician to work with jazz choirs primarily involving vocal improvisation instruction and adjudicates in the solo vocal category. Her innovation and success in jazz education led to her invitation to present a clinic at the prestigious International Association for Jazz Educators Convention. She has also presented at many other conferences. Louise lives and works in New York City.

At an early age Susan Milligan learned the importance of play from her toy-designer father and the value of stories from her children's-librarian mother. Ms. Milligan received a bachelor's degree in English Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University and her MA degree in Drama at New York University. There she studied with Richard Schechner, famous for his ground-breaking work in environmental theater, from whom she learned how to approach drama viscerally as music, as play. She has directed numerous plays and improvisational groups working with children from pre-school through high school. After raising her own two children, Ms. Milligan returned to school to pursue her passion for teaching young children at Teachers College receiving an MA in Early Childhood Education. She is the head teacher for 4 and 5 year olds at the Medical Center Nursery School, an affiliate of Columbia University. She has a particular interest in storytelling and uses techniques pioneered by Vivian Gussen Paley with whom she has studied. Ms. Milligan is also a member of the Bank Street Writer's Group.

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