FREE: The Mother Goose Jazz Band Is Back in the Spotlight
Photograph by Ed Conway
April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and around Greater Nippertown there’s no better way to introduce the next generation to the wide wonderful world of jazz than the Mother Goose Jazz Band, who will be performing a pair of free concerts this week.
Under the direction of composer-saxophonist Josh Greenberg, the jazz-for-kids band features vocalist Cathy Olsen, keyboardist Diane Geddes, bassist Mike Moss and drummer Gene Garone, as well as special guest guitarist Chuck D’Aloia.
The free concerts will be held at 6:30pm Thursday (April 20) at the William K. Sanford Public Library in Colonie and at 2pm on Sunday (April 23) at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library in Clifton Park.
The concerts will also feature a youth chorus of students from Berlin Central Schools where Greenberg taught elementary band for more than 20 years. The music is easily accessible to children, encouraging them to sing and dance, while at the same time appealing to adults who can share in the musical experience.
Celebrating their 35th anniversary this year, the Mother Goose Jazz Band presents music that respects the natural spirit of playfulness in children. Their music nurtures an appreciation for a variety of musical styles – from a Thelonious Monk-inspired “This Little Piggie Went to Market” to a Latin jazz version of “This Old Man,” as well as familiar nursery rhymes are given creative arrangements that bring the rich heritage of jazz to a whole new generation.
Over the years, the band has recorded with the likes of Chris Brubeck, Laurel Masse, Lee Shaw and Mark Vinci, earning awards from the American Library Association, Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media, Oppenheim Best Audio, Family Life Magazine and The Times Union along the way.