Wynton’s Joy2Learn e-presentation is now available !

The previously announced Joy2Learn e-presentation about jazz is now available !
The presentations are menu-driven collections of video vignettes, with performances, commentary, historical examples, and interactive games and quizzes. The content is completely free. It can be run from the site or downloaded for later classroom use (requires a password), and many teacher helps are available directly through the modules.

In this program, Wynton tells us about growing up in a musical family, his early struggles with practicing and his love of classical music. He discusses the trumpet and its history, and he demonstrates how the trumpet is played.

In the History of Jazz we learn of its origins in African music and the evolution of the form, including ragtime, bebop, latin and fusion. In the section called Nuts and Bolts of Jazz, Wynton discusses the blues, swing, the composition of the jazz band and the importance of improvisation to the playing of jazz. Wynton also introduces us to jazz legends from Scott Joplin, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington to Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck and John Coltrane. Each section features live action clips, music, and a two-part quiz game. This e-presentation is accompanied by an extensive glossary, Things to Think About and a resource section for teachers.

Now is it possible to view the presentation online in real time. It requires a broadband connection and Flash plug-in.
This is a wonderful free online resource about Wynton and jazz music !

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  1. Good evening Dear Mr Winston Marsalis,

    My name is Anouschka. I am a fervent and faithful admirator of your Art and Talent. Today, I was lucky and very happy to attend your concert at Parc Floral in Paris.

    God bless you as well as New Orleans for your gift and work devoted to the Music and the Community of Men.

    Hoping to listen to you very soon at your forthcoming concerts,
    With kindest regards,


    GIRAUD ANOUSCHKA on Jul 28th, 2007 at 4:36pm

  2. I went through the presentation with my 3 year old niece who has expressed interest in playing. We both thoroughly enjoyed. She especially enjoyed going through the quizzes. Great learning tool for both children and adults.

    Sonalii on Jul 26th, 2005 at 4:19pm

  3. Sonali-
    So good to see you introducing your niece to Wynton’s educational material. He is a master at many things and teaching all ages is just another of his many talents.

    Did you show your niece other parts of that site? Gregory Hines tap dancing as another African American Great is also a ‘joy’ to behold. Wynton would be the first to tell anyone-Learn from all the gooduns-That site is a fabulous introduction to the Arts in general. I’t right about the spped for 3 to 103!

    me on Jul 8th, 2005 at 8:20pm