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Crescent City Collection - Marimba Tunes from the Big Easy for Grades 4 - 8

By Steven Kennedy (Book)  $29.95 - Available NOW!

Marimba Tunes from the Big Easy

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Crescent City Collection includes 12 originals and arrangements reflecting authentic New Orleans styles of early jazz music.  From James Booker to the Dixieland Jazz Band, these tunes carry the grooves of New Orleans.  A highlight of the collection is John Boutte's "Treme Song" (arranged by permission) from the HBO series. The tunes are for upper elementary and middle school marimba ensembles and can be played on traditional Orff instruments. 

The collection includes a CD ROM of supplemental materials including full scores and individual instrument parts and historical background information about the musicians and the music of New Orleans that inspired this collection.  Full audio versions of each tune are also included on the CD ROM.

From Steve:

"The Big Easy. The City That Care Forgot. Hollywood South. N’Awlins. NOLA. And, of course, The Crescent City, so named for the shape of the Mississippi River at the southern edge of the city. New Orleans has many names, including The Most Interesting City in the World. What makes this city interesting? The indigenous food, Mardi Gras, the French Quarter, the New Orleans Saints, the hurricane, the rebirth? All these influences make New Orleans a cultural mecca and that historic and present-day culture shapes the music.

This collection gives students and teachers the opportunity to perform and appreciate the music and culture I grew up on. This collection shares the music we New Orleanians see as commonplace in a city filled with history. "

About Steve

Steven A. Kennedy was born and raised in the Irish Channel of New Orleans, Louisiana. As a child he would walk out to St. Charles Avenue during Mardi Gras and watch the great Carnivale Krewes roll towards downtown.

He began playing guitar at 13.  Steven learned the basics of guitar and blues from his older brother Michael and also gained from “sitting in” with his uncle, Mississippi blues guitarist Larry Coney, and his band. 

Steven completed his double-emphasis masters degree in Guitar Performance and Music Theory and Composition in 2006.  Later that year, Steven made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Mississippi Guitar Quartet.

Steven’s music has been featured on the following television networks: Style Network, Discovery, MTV, BBC America, TLC, Destination America, Bravo, History Channel, VH1, CMTV, MTV, OWN and CNN. He is also finishing his first feature film score.  Read more about Steve's work on his website.

Steven has been featured on numerous radio shows including  MPB’s “Mississippi Soundstage” and WRTI’s “Crossover” in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Enjoy some of his fine playing:

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