Dixieland Jazz for Children


Dixieland Jazz for Children


Winner of “Parents’ Choice Approved Award”

Staying true to her Louisiana musical roots, Johnette collaborates with Jimmy LaRocca’s Original Dixieland Jazz Band to introduce children of all ages around the world to the joyful sounds of Dixieland Jazz; the music she heard growing up as a child in New Orleans. Nineteen original songs blend the upbeat, happy sounds of Dixieland Jazz with lyrics for children and their extended families. It is our hope that this authentic and innovative recording for children keeps the tradition alive with a new generation of Jazz lovers.


AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden

Vocalist Johnette Downing and fellow New Orleans native Jimmy LaRocca (son of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band's Nick LaRocca) joined forces on this Dixieland CD targeted at children. But rather than rehash old and familiar material, they chose to focus on original music and lyrics. They manage to capture the flavor of New Orleans in their music, particularly with "Alligator Snap," "It's Time for Mardi Gras," and "Throw Me Something Mister." In addition, they revisit Nick LaRocca's time-tested "Tiger Rag," which has become a staple of several styles of jazz, while updating its lyrics a bit. The band includes clarinetist Tom Fischer (a favorite on the jazz party circuit), trombonist Ben Smith, and LaRocca on trumpet and vocals in the front line, all of whom do a commendable job. Parents and grandparents interested in Dixieland jazz will definitely enjoy sharing this consistently swinging music with their youngsters, while having a band take the time to contribute new works to the Dixieland repertoire proves rather refreshing, as opposed to yet another album filled with golden but tired oldies.


  1. Ladybug
  2. Bug Band
  3. Bed Bugs
  4. Itsy Bitsy Spider
  5. Bugs on the Rug
  6. Skip to My Lou
  7. A Little Caterpillar
  8. Backyard is Buzzin’ Alive
  9. Arachnid
  10. Ants in Your Pants
  11. Sly Slug
  12. Milli the Millipede
  13. Flower Limerick
  14. Love Bug
  15. Cockroach
  16. Mariposa
  17. Head Thorax Abdomen
  18. There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Bugs
  19. Twenty Bees
  20. Five Little Butterflies

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Item #: JD08
Genre: Kids/Family: General Children’s Music
Release Date: 2008
CD: 20 Songs
UPC #: 634479678257

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