Both fun and educational, Family Matinees provide a window into the exciting world of live jazz. Each one-hour matinee features live performance, audience participation, Q&A and amazing music. Although designed for elementary school students, our Family Matinees are open to music fans of all ages. The Marcus Shelby Trio hosts our spring Matinee series, highlighting the primary solo or “lead” instruments of jazz as well as the role of the vocalist. Each matinee will focus on a particular instrument used in jazz and explore the techniques and innovations developed by some of the most celebrated artists. Enjoyed individually or as a series, these Family Matinees will change the way you hear jazz.
From Kid Ory to J.J. Johnson and Melba Liston, jazz trombonists have paved the way for one of the most powerful lead “voices” in jazz, many of them also contributing as extraordinary arrangers. Slide trombones in particular represent the powerful, lush and low register that compliments the brash, explosive sound of the trumpets, and when played in a solo role can be one of the most emotive of instruments.