Jazz musicians have always been inspired by their peers and by the generations of musicians who came before them. This concert celebrates the founding father of jazz and the creative spirit of Louis Armstrong and provides an opportunity for Interplay’s faculty to honor Armstrong’s legacy in their own unique way. Armstrong was the source of inspiration and provided the model for a means of expression that lives on, bringing the joy of spontaneous, creative music-making to all. “Louis Armstrong is jazz. He represents what the music is all about.” — Wynton Marsalis
We’ll take you back to the heyday of swing dancing in Harlem’s Savoy Ballroom, when nightly dances attracted the best dancers in the New York area. Come and swing dance the night away to the sounds of Interplay’s student and faculty Big Band.
Every year, Interplay culminates and celebrates its week of teaching and playing together in an all-star jazz concert that typically includes internationally recognized artists, NEA Jazz Masters and Grammy Award-winning musicians letting loose with a rich mix of joyous and creative music.