Jazzy Ash & the Leaping Lizards | Moss Arts Center



Saturday, October 5, 2019, 4 PM

Moss Arts Center, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg, VA 24061
Street and Davis Performance Hall, Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre

$15 general admission
$5 students with ID and youth 18 and under

Celebrated songwriter and music educator Jazzy Ash invites the whole family to come along on a music adventure with her New Orleans jazz band, the Leaping Lizards. Ash’s music encourages kids and their grown-ups to celebrate the music of New Orleans as part of the American folk music heritage. In concert, Jazzy Ash & the Leaping Lizards perform originals like Throw Me Something Mista, as well as jazz standards including When the Saints Go Marching In and Louis Armstrong’s Heebie Jeebies, in front of gorgeous projected images of New Orleans, Congo Square, and the Louisiana bayou.

Ash’s songs celebrate the magic of movement, with a lot of sugar and sass thrown in. Every musician in the band is also a professional music educator, which means kids get to dance and learn about New Orleans music and culture—all at the same time!

Ash’s latest album, Swing Set, features 14 classic songs, rhythms, and rhymes that celebrate a tradition handed down by African-American children, adults, and musicians from the mid-19th century to the early jazz era, arranged and enhanced for a new generation.

“The history behind these songs and rhymes is so rich,” explains Ash. “As I was researching these and sharing my arrangements with my students and teachers in my workshops, I realized how many generations of people have been personally impacted by these traditional tunes. Many of these songs and games were largely carried along by little girls on the playground throughout time, and it’s not often that we celebrate the work of women. I wanted to convey the grit and soul of that grassroots heritage with these recordings.”

Ash grew up dually influenced by the music from her mother’s hometown of New Orleans, as well as by her father’s Trinidadian culture. She trained professionally in music and theatre through her high school and college years and holds a degree in early childhood education. She is praised by Sirius XM Radio/Kids Place Live as their “favorite new musical discovery.” Ash has had the joy of performing for kiddos and grown-ups in over 50 venues across the country, including World Café Live in Philadelphia, The Rumpus Room (Sirius XM Radio), the National Head Start Conference, Louisiana Children’s Museum, and Getty Center.


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