Artist of the day: Hudson Middle School Jazz Band
Decked out in zoot-suit-esque getups, the group has been entertaining much older crowds since the mid-'90s, playing songs like My Funny Valentine and Spinning Wheel at venues around Florida and even outside the state. In 2002, they drove to New York to perform for an elementary school near the site of the 9/11 attacks. The group is gearing up for a performance in Atlanta soon.
The kids are kids, but they still respect the classics. While alto sax player Julia Patellis, 12, says she typically tunes into the likes of Lady Gaga and Katie Perry, she also enjoys playing the tunes of old. "It makes you want to dance."