Sitka Jazz Festival: Artists talk inspiration, performing
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Kramer told students that tap dancing is like having a conversation — you say something and the other person responds. (Photo by Anne Brice/KCAW)
The Sitka Jazz Festival brought some of the world’s greatest musicians to Sitka last week. Along with performing in nightly concerts, artists also visited schools and conducted workshops, from basic jazz theory to learning the art of improvisation.
On Friday, Katherine Kramer tap danced and taught basic rhythm to students at Baranof Elementary School and Tom Scott played songs like, Toy Story’s “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” for a gym-full of kids at Keet Gooshi Heen.
This is the first of a series of audio postcards that take a behind-the-scenes look at the 2013 Sitka Jazz Festival. In this, Kramer and Scott discuss what sparked an interest in jazz and how it feels to perform.
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