Jazz Day - Charlie Christian
Today we’re grabbing our saxophones and guitars to play some jazz music! We love all kinds of music, but today we’re celebrating the bluesy and swing sounds of jazz.
Today’s theme is inspired by Oklahoma Hall of Fame Member Charlie Christian. His hometown is Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Christian came from a musical family and the group used to perform in neighborhoods to earn extra money. He first played the trumpet, but was playing a cigar box guitar that he made by himself when he was 12! At 23, Christian moved to California and began touring the country with the Benny Goodman Band. Christian passed away at a young age due to an illness, but he had already changed the sound of jazz forever! You can learn more by reading Charlie Christian’s Oklahoma Hall of Fame biography.
Want to learn more about Jazz music? This is a fun resource on the history of Jazz music and here you can learn about Jazz instruments. You can also learn about Oklahoma Hall of Fame Member Wayman Tisdale who was a Jazz musician (and basketball star!).
Fun fact about the Museum: We are fortunate enough to have Charlie Christian’s guitar on display in our Pioneer Spirit Exhibit! We can’t wait for you to see it when we open again!
Chip Henderson Honors Charlie Christian
Keep learning more of Oklahoma’s Story! We hope that you have a fun time at home making your own music! As always, there’s more to this Oklahoma story, come back tomorrow and we’ll have more for you to explore! Please post pictures of your Jazz Day and share them with us: #ohofathome
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