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Kelvin Roy

Kelvin grew up in Flint, Michigan. His father was from New Zealand and relocated to the United States after travelling there as a Fulbright scholar. Kelvin had copious lessons on piano and trombone, plus some voice training from an early age. He attended Flint Central High School, playing in many school bands and he was active in drama as well. He also taught himself how to play other brass instruments like baritone and bass trumpet. The latter—also called a marching valve trombone—became his main instrument. Since his father was an arts critic, he was able to see many first class acts as a child. Later, he went on the road with a couple popular funk and jazz bands playing clubs after attending Michigan State University. Then he moved to South Lousiana and had some amazing musical experiences, sometimes literally out in the swamps


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A Kid's View On Jazz

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Not a lot of kids my age (13) like jazz, or have even heard it before, and I believe it's because the exposure of jazz to children is almost at a point of no exposure. It's almost as if you said to someone “How do you like jazz?" and that someone responded “What's jazz?" The younger ...


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Jazz From my Point of View

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Music runs in my family for a long time. It was almost forced upon my brother and I to play a musical instrument. Saxophone was the instrument for me, while my brother played the piano and the flute. We were first exposed to Classical music, much like most young musicians. We grew up just playing our ...


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If Jazz Were On MTV

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If we took a close look into the CD collections of let's say, a thousand teenagers, Jazz CD's would most likely be a rarity. Why is it that jazz music seems to by dying among the teens of the new millennium? What is it about the music that doesn't appeal to the kids? We'll take a ...


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Summer Hiatus 2001

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Sunburn and shorts are familiar sights during the summertime for most kids. On the other hand, some kids spend their summers hopping from music camp to music camp, practicing for hours on end. There are also those who immerse themselves in jazz and listen to it day in and day out. That describes my summers for ...


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A Chat with Tim Hagans

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Tim Hagans is undoubtedly one of the biggest risk takers in jazz right now. Along with Bob Belden he ventures into the area of drum and bass music mixed with jazz. The result is a exciting type of music. I had the opportunity to sit down with this two time Grammy nominated trumpeter where he shares ...


Jazz for Kids

Label: Big Bang Records
Released: 2002
Track listing: Are You Sleeping?; When You Wish Upon a Star; This Old Man; Never Never Land; Flintstones; Somewhere over the Rainbow; Route 66; Someday My Prince Will Come; Hip Kids Blues; I'm An Old Cow Hand; My Favorite Things; Blues Shuffle; If You're Happy and You Know It


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The David Leonhardt Jazz Group: Jazz for Kids

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Easton, PA, which sits at the fork of the Leigh and Delaware Rivers is not only the home of Lafayette College and the Crayola crayon factory, but is the site for one of jazz music's most prolific and multi talented pianists of our time, David Leonhardt. in addition to "regular jazz albums, he has released CDs ...


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