A Jazz chant is a poem that uses jazz rhythms to illustrate the natural stress and intonation patterns of conversational American English.
Jazz Chants provide an innovative and exciting way to improve student's speaking and listening comprehension skills while reinforcing the language structures of everyday situation.
--> Carolyn Graham is the creator of Jazz Chants,which connect the rhythm of spoken American English to the beat of jazz. She developed the technique of jazz chanting during her twenty-five years of teaching ESL in the American Language Institute of New York University. She has also taught at HarvardUniversity and has conducted workshops in the NYU School of Education, ColumbiaTeachers College in New York and Tokyo, and elsewhere throughout the world. Ms. Graham is the author of numerous Jazz Chants books, all published by Oxford University Press (Carolyn Graham nowadays).
Who did you see?
Who did you see? I saw John
John who? John Brown
I can't hear you! I said John Brown
I can't hear you! I said John Brown I can't hear you ! I said John Brown, John Brown, John Brown!!
What did he say? Who? John Brown. John Brown? Yes, What did he say? He didn't say anything Nothing? Not a word
I don't believe it!! I don´t believe it!!! Big Mouth John Brown
didn't say a word?Not a word.
I don't believe it!! . I don´t believe it!!! Big Mouth John Brown Big Mouth John Brown didn't say a word?didn't say a word.
When a man has once loved a woman he will
do anything for her except continue to love
Who, being loved, is poor?
Women are made to be loved, not understood.
Music makes one feel so
romantic – at least it always gets on one’s nerves -which is the same thing
Women spoil every romance by trying to make it
Those who are faithful know
only the trivial side of love: it is the faithless who know love’s tragedies.
The mystery of love is
greater than the mystery of death.
Where there is no
extravagance there is no love, and where there is no love there is no
One should never trust a
woman who tells her real age. If she tells that, she’ll tell anything.
Long engagements give
people the opportunity of finding out each other’s character before marriage,
which is never advisable.
A man can be happy with any
woman, as long as he does not love her.
Hatred is blind, as well as
Keep love in your heart. A
life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.
Men always want to be a
woman’s first love – women like to be a man’s last romance.
One should always be in
love. That is the reason one should never marry.
And here's a PRESENT for anyone who wishes to enjoy it. From me to you.
(from 1'20'' to 5', the rest is ovation)
".. 20’ Thank you, thank
you. I, I’m, I’m delighted to be invited here tonight to sing for you. Being this
my very first time here and to help celebrate 750 years and I hope that you
invite me back again. Thank you . And I would like to end with one from my old
time favourites ‘This Is My Life’." Meet, Shirley Bassey.
1968 Dame Shirley Bassey performed at the Sanremo Song Festival in
Italy singing the song "La vita" (Amurri & Canfora). She received
the greatest ovation from the audience but alas did not win. This song
is known better by it's english title "This is my life" and is a true
Bassey anthem. For many years she sang it to close her concert
performances and many fans would love her to sing it live again. The English version of the song was released as a single in 1968 in the UK
and an album of the same name was also released although a different
studio version was used. Sanremo Song Festival 1968 'La Vita' (Amurri & Canfora)