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Artist of the day: Hudson Middle School Jazz Band




Until now, your favorite middle school jazz band has probably been Jazz Times 10. That may change after you hear the 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."

Click here for Michele Miller's recent profile of the Hudson Middle Jazz Band.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 8, 2012 2:36pm]


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