Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz is an open invitation to join others in a series of interactive musical activities that inspire self-expression and celebrate the creative process. Founded nearly a decade ago by Hayes Greenfield -- saxophonist, composer, and recording artist -- Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz has helped thousands of students, teachers, and families make the connection between jazz and the development of important social and personal skills.
In the hands of Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz's professional ensemble players, the elements of jazz -- call and response, melody, improvisation, rhythm, dynamics -- become tools for helping students and audiences explore how communication, active listening, positive risk-taking, cooperation, and creative expression contribute to music-making and in fact, impact the world around them.
Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz engagements run from 45 to 60 minutes and depending on the venue, can be conducted by a duo (saxophone accompanied by bass or piano) or up to an ensemble of six, incorporating a drummer, tap dancer and vocalist. Programs, including those for special education students, are based on state and federal standards for arts education. In addition to interactive assembly performances, clinics, master classes, and residencies, professional development services are available for educators. Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz also serves local arts organizations, libraries, music festivals, and other family-friendly venues.
Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz brings smiles to the faces of kids and adults, motivating and inspiring them to take a risk, try something new, and discover the wonderful world of jazz.