“Gotta Be Jazz”

“Gotta Be Jazz”
4th Grade Music Production
Dear Fourth Grade Parents/Guardians,
September 12, 2014
The fourth graders have just begun learning the music for our upcoming performance, “Gotta
Be Jazz.” The kids are already having so much fun with this program! The performance will take
place on Thursday, November 6th at 6:30pm in the Gladden gym. Your child needs to be in the music
room by 6:15 so that we can get lined up and warm up our voices.
This mini-musical will feature many different styles of Jazz. We have been working very hard
and it takes each and every fourth grader to make our program the best that it can be. Therefore, it
is EXTREMELY important that all of the children attend the performance! Over the next week, many
of the fourth graders will be assigned speaking parts based on their interest in those parts. Any help
that you can give your student outside of school would be extremely beneficial. Attached you will
find the lyrics to the six songs which will be in our program. One big way that you can help your child
be successful is to have them sing the songs for you and check their words using the lyric sheet. Have
fun helping your child! Many of them are eager to sing these songs for an audience. Thanks for any
help and support with this!
You won’t want to miss this fun-filled program! The kids are so excited! Thank you again for
your support! Please e-mail me with any joys, concerns or questions at [email protected]
Sincerely,
Mrs. Brianna Wessley
Gladden Music Educator
“Gotta Be Jazz”
“Basin Street Blues”
Improvise,
ba dop bop, doo bee doo bop,
harmonize,
doo bee doo whee doo bop,
stylize,
ba dop ba,
that’s gotta be jazz.
Won’tcha come along with me,
to the Mississippi?
We’ll take the boat to the land of dreams,
steam down the river down to New Orleans;
The band’s there to meet us,
old friends there to greet us,
We’ll see the place where the folks all meet;
heaven on earth, they call it Basin Street.
Let’s celebrate,
ba dop bop, doo bee doo bop,
communicate,
doo bee doo whee doo bop,
swing or straight,
ba dop bop, that’s gotta be jazz!
From Satchmo to Duke Elington,
their roots were in the blues,
From Miles and Ella,
to ‘Trane and Bird,
they made their mark;
they paid their dues.
From New Orleans to Chicago,
from New York to West Coast cool,
oh, it all began in America,
where jazz broke all those old school rules.
Improvise,
ba dop bop, doo bee doo bop,
harmonize,
doo bee doo whee doo bop,
stylize,
ba dop ba,
that’s gotta be jazz.
Let’s celebrate,
ba dop bop, doo bee doo bop,
communicate,
doo bee doo whee doo bop,
swing or straight,
ba dop bop, that’s gotta be jazz!
That’s gotta be jazz!
That’s gotta be jazz!
That’s gotta be….
Doo bee doo whee doo bop,
Jazz!
Basin Street is the street
where the elite will always meet in New Orleans,
land of dreams, you’ll never know how nice it seems
or just how much it really means.
Glad to be; yes, siree where welcome’s free,
dear to me, where I can lose my Basin Street blues.
Basin Street is where we’ll always meet.
Ya gotta go there to meet the elite.
Dow’n Orleans; the land of dreams,
You know what I mean.
Glad to be; yes siree where welcome’s free,
dear to me, where I can lose my Basin Street blues.
My Basin Street blues.
“My Favorite Things”
Rain drops on roses and whiskers on kittens,
bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens,
brown paper packages tied up with strings,
these are a few of my favorite things.
Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels,
doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles,
wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings,
these are a few of my favorite things.
Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes,
snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes,
silver white winters that melt into springs,
these are a few of my favorite things.
When the dog bites,
when the bee stings,
when I’m feeling sad,
I simply remember my favorite things
and then I don’t feel so bad.
“Route 66”
If you ever plan to motor west,
travel my way, take the highway that’s the best.
Get your kicks on Route Sixty-Six!
It runs from Chicago to L.A.
More than two thousand miles all the way.
Get your kicks on Route Sixty-Six!
Now you go through Saint Louie,
Joplin, Missouri, and Oklahoma City is mighty pretty.
You’ll see Amarillo, Gallup, New Mexico,
Flagstaff, Arizona; don’t forget Winona,
Kingman, Barstow, San Bernadino.
Won’t you get hip to this timely tip,
when you make that California trip.
Get your kicks on Route Sixty-Six
Get your kicks on Route Sixty-Six
Get your kicks on Route Sixty-Six!
Yeah!
“It Don’t Mean a Thing”
What good is melody,
what good is music,
if it ain’t possesin’ something sweet?
It ain’t the melody,
it ain’t the music,
there’s something else that makes the tune complete.
It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.
Doo wah, doo wah, doo wah, doo wah,
doo wah, doo wah, doo wah, doo wah.
It don’t mean a thing all you gotta do is sing.
Doo wah, doo wah, doo wah, doo wah,
doo wah, doo wah, doo wah, doo wah.
It makes no difference if it’s sweet or hot,
just give that rhythm everything you got.
It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing
Doo wah, doo wah, doo wah, doo wah,
doo wah, doo wah, doo wah, doo wah.
Rhythm! Melody! Harmony! It’s music!
It makes no difference if it’s sweet or hot,
just give that rhythm everything you got.
It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing
Doo wah, doo wah, doo wah, doo wah,
doo wah, doo wah, doo wah, doo wah.
Doo wah, doo wah, doo wah, doo wah,
doo wah, doo wah, doo wah, doo wah.
Doo wah, doo wah, doo wah, doo wah,
doo wah, doo wah, doo wah, doo wah.
“Birdland”
Five thousand light years from Birdland,
but I’m still preachin’ the rhythm.
Long gone uptight years from Birdland,
an’ I’m still teachin’ it with ‘em.
Years from the land of the Birdland
I am still feelin’ the spirit.
Five thousand light years from Birdland,
but I know people can hear it.
Bird named it, Bird made it,
Bird hear it, then played it.
Well stated!
Birdland, it happened down in Birdland.
Birdland, I’m singin’ Birdland.
Birdland, ol’ wingin’ Birdland.
Down them stairs, lose them cares.
Where? Down in Birdland.
Total swing, bop was king there,
down in Birdland.
Bird would cook, Max would look.
Where? Down in Birdland.
Miles came through, ‘Trane came, too.
There down in Birdland.
Bassie blew, Blakey too.
Where? Down in Birdland.
Cannonball played that hall.
There, down in Birdland.
Where? Down in Birdland.
No cares down in Birdland tonight!