Swinging with
the Cool School

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(Soft introduction to jazz)

  • Developed in 2006 as a form of music therapy at Children’s Hospital in the wake of Hurricane Katrina aftermath
  • Reached over 6000 kids nationally
  • Teaches all students about the blues, swing, standard American song form
  • Allows (especially underserved) students access to mostly acoustic music in an intimate setting
  • Encourages students to develop a relationship with music outside of what they hear on the radio or in the mainstream media
  • Often introduces students to the wide emotional range of instrumental music
  • The "Swinging with the Cool School" Music Program was generously supported by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.
  • The "Swinging with the Cool School" Music Program is generously supported by the New Orleans Tourism and Cultural Fund and the American Federation of Musicians.

2024 Swinging with the Cool School Events

  • Price Center East Ballroom

    February 6, 2024
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla, CA 92903

  • Soraya Center for Performing Arts

    February 7, 2024
    18111 Nordhoff St
    Northridge, CA 91330

  • Boise Jazz Society

    February 13, 2024
    Morrison Center
    Boise, Idaho

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    Eisenhower Elementary Charter School

    February 20, 2024: 9.35 a.m. to 10.34 a.m.
    3700 Tall Pines Dr., New Orleans, LA 70131

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    Willow School

    February 27, 2024: 2.15-3.00p.m.
    7315 Willow Street
    New Orleans, LA 70118

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    St Katharine Drexel Preparatory School

    May 1, 2024: 2.00-3.00pm
    5116 Magazine St
    New Orleans, LA 70115

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    International School of Louisiana

    May 21, 2024: 2.00-3.00pm
    Algiers Point
    502 Olivier Street
    New Orleans, LA 70114

Supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, as administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment of the Arts.

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    Ellis Marsalis Center for Music

    June 14, 2024: 10.00-11.00am
    1901 Bartholomew St
    New Orleans, LA 70117-5057

Supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, as administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment of the Arts.

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    Alice M. Harte Charter School

    June 18, 2024: 1.00-2.00pm
    5300 Berkley Drive
    New Orleans, LA 70131

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    Andrew H. Wilson Charter School

    June 20, 2024: 11.00-12.00pm
    3617 General Pershing St.
    New Orleans, LA 70125

2023 Swinging with the Cool School Events

April 3, 2023
Martin Luther King Elementary School
1617 Fats Domino Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117

April 4, 2023
Bethune Elementary School
2401 Humanity St., New Orleans, LA 70122

November 9, 2023
KIPP: Morial Middle School
7701 Grant St., New Orleans, LA 70126

November 14, 2023
Warren Easton High School
3019 Canal St., New Orleans 70119

December 12, 2023
Belle Chasse Academy
100 Fifth St., Belle Chasse, LA 70037

December 19, 2023
NOCCA
2800 Chartres St.,
New Orleans, LA 70117

December 21, 2023
Benjamin Franklin Elementary School
1116 Jefferson Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70115

Swinging with the Cool School Sponsors

Spring of 2023

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation

American Federation of Musicians (New Orleans Local) - Music Performance Trust Fund

Fall of 2023

New Orleans Tourism and Cultural Fund

American Federation of Musicians (New Orleans Local) - Music Performance Trust Fund

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