May 1st Peter and the Wolf -New England Jazz Ensemble

May 1, 2018

Peter and the Wolf was written by Serge Prokofiev in 1936, with the purpose of introducing children to the instruments of a Symphony Orchestra. it has just been rewritten for jazz band and recorded by the New England Jazz Ensemble. Not only are the classical instruments replaced by big band soloists, the narration has also been translated to the vernacular of jazz. The original melodies sound natural as jazz riffs, revealing the influence 20th century classical music had on jazz. For the past 75 years Peter and the Wolf has introduced children all over the world to classical music. Now it will introduce them to jazz. Peter and the Wolf is performed by the New England Jazz Ensemble and narrated by Giacomo Gates.