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The Mother Goose Jazz Band

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35 years ago, composer, musician and educator, Josh Greenberg, along with co-writer, Bill Vitek, created the Mother Goose Jazz Band.
“As a father of three and as an elementary band teacher for over thirty years, I have seen how children instinctively respond to the Blues and to Jazz rhythms. They move and sing…their response is uninhibited.”
Greenberg and keyboardist Vitek have created a body of works that respects this natural spirit of playfulness in children. Through it, they nurture an appreciation for a variety of musical styles. From a Thelonious Monk-inspired “This Little Pig Went to Market,” to a Latin jazz version of “This Old Man Came Rolling Home,” familiar nursery rhymes are given jazzy arrangements that young children can easily absorb.
Their 2002 release, “See How They Run,” features Chris Brubeck on Bass, Laurel Massé on vocals, Lee Shaw on Piano, Josh Greenberg and Mark Vinci on saxophones, Chuck d’Aloia on guitar, and Gene Garone on drums. Adaptations of familiar nursery rhymes in the styles of Jazz masters Sonny Rollins (“This Old Man” and “Jack B. Nimble”), Charlie Parker (“Fuzzy Wuzzy”) and the Dave Brubeck Quartet (“Peanut Butter Cookies”) bring the rich heritage of Jazz to a whole new generation.

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