St. Mary’s Church took a night off from spirituals and was filled with the sound of old-school jazz last Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2023.
That’s because children in grades 2 through 4 were there for a four-week program called “Scattin’ with Ella (Fitzgerald),” offered by the Newport County Youth Chorus.
Classes began Jan. 22 at the church, with a second group of children meeting at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Newport on Tuesdays. It’s free to participate and no audition is necessary.
In “Scattin’ with Ella,” children practiced music sung by the iconic performer, digging into her vast songbook of jazz classics. They also developed musical skills and experienced how their unique voice positively impacts the ensemble’s sound.
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