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Tea for Thought: Jazz, Tea & Black History

Here I am on another Tuesday morning enjoying a cup of  PG Tips tea with my lovely friend Gillian listening to Jazz on WBGO. We are having a discussion about Black History Month and how important it is that our kids recognize and appreciate the history of different cultures. A great reminder as we listen to Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald calmly sing “They Can’t take that away from me”, recorded in 1956. This song has been sung by many artists, but this version is one of my favorites, what a dynamic duo. It was written by George and Ira Gershwin and first sung by Fred Astaire in 1937 in the film “Shall We Dance”.
Video – “They Can’t take that away from me”

The way you wear your hat,
The way you sip your tea,
The memory of all that,
No, no they can’t take that away from me…
Ella Fitzgerald, an American Jazz Artist known as the “Queen of Jazz” and “First Lady of Song” was born in Newport News, Virginia in 1917. She took the music world by storm and was in the business for 59 years, winning 13 Grammys and selling over 40 million albums.  She had a mellow smooth sound with clear diction.  She was a master at scat singing, improvising making rhythms sound like honey.

Ella Fitzgerald 1917-1996

Louis Armstrong, nicknamed “Satchmo”, had the ability to transcend race in a time when it was difficult. A world renowned American Jazz Trumpeter, composer and also recognized for his very distinctive voice and scat singing. He had the ability to improvise easily with unbelievable charisma and stage presence. He is a legend and household name, well recognized beyond the world of Jazz.

Louis Amstrong – 1901-1971 (Born in New Orleans, Louisana)

This is as good as it gets,  again I am reminded how social and simple a cup of tea can be.

How are you educating yourself and your kids on different cultures and experiences? What are you doing to celebrate and learn more about Black History Month? Share your thoughts…..

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