Join us in the lobby at 2PM for MardisGras themed activities the whole family can enjoy.
Celebrate Mardi Gras and the musical culture of New Orleans with children’s jazz artists, Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards! Backed by a five-piece band, your family can dance along to original tunes alongside some of the greatest songs from Creole folk music, blues, ragtime, jazz, and swing. Come see why this rip-roaring group is soaring up the children’s music charts. Join us early for Mardi Gras themed events in our lobby including mask decorating, a photo booth and our own Rex parade!
Family fun for kids 3+
Photos: Brock Christoval, Steve Lorentzen
Jazzy Ash grew up with her mother from New Orleans and her father from Trinidad. Music infused her home life every day, from jazz to Caribbean rhythms to the lively children’s music which was playing all the time for the kids in her mother’s home day care. She often spent summers in New Orleans with her aunts and grandparents, enjoying the culture and music that permeated their West Bank neighborhood.
Later on, after becoming mom to two sons, she earned a degree in early childhood development and embarked on her music education program, Leaping Lizards Music.
Jazzy Ash’s NOLA visits, expecially during Mardi Gras, reaffirmed the importance of exploring this part of her heritage.
“Learning about this music and performing it gives me a foundation. Truly, I’ve found myself through this experience. Even though I was born in California, I see myself as a second-generation New Orleanean, since New Orleans is so much a part of my family’s experience, going back at least seven generations.”
Jazzy Ash continues to focus on education, regularly teaching performing arts to children and music education to educators. Most recently, Jazzy Ash has hosted workshops for National HeadStart, NAEYC, and MaxFunCon.
Her music has been featured by LA Times and NPR, and continues to top the Children’s Music Charts. Her fourth album, Swing Set, will be released in July 2017.
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Now through August 31: Monday – Friday, Noon – 5pm
Beginning September 5: Tuesday – Saturday, Noon – 5pm & 3 hours prior to performance time through intermission
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