Jazz at Lincoln Center
Featuring Bria Skonberg and Benny Benack III


Inspired by conversations between former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, Let Freedom Swing introduces the key concepts of jazz (swing, blues and improvisation), some of the early creators of the music (Louis Armstrong, Ma Rainey and Duke Ellington), and excitingly highlights how jazz and democracy are built on shared ideas and values. "Struttin' with Some Barbecue" by Louis Armstrong, "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" by Duke Ellington, "See See Rider" by Ma Rainey, "Over the Rainbow" by Harold Arlen and "Sing Me a Swing Song" by Hoagy Carmichael are a few of the songs performed by a stellar line-up of musicians including Bria Skonberg, trumpet/vocals and host; Benny Benack III, trumpet/vocals and host; Jon Thomas, piano; Jocelyn Gould, guitar; Mark Lewandowski, bass; and Charles Goold, drums.  For over three decades now, Jazz at Lincoln Center, under the direction of Wynton Marsalis, has been a leading advocate for jazz, culture and arts education globally.


Recommended grades: 3-12

Length: 60 minutes