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Shakespeare in Jazz:

All The World's A Song

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Daniel Kelly - Composer & Pianist   “…stunningly original...visionary imagination...”   — Paul Pines, Artistic Director,  Lake George Jazz Festival

Daniel Kelly - Composer & Pianist

“…stunningly original...visionary imagination...”

— Paul Pines, Artistic Director, Lake George Jazz Festival

Frederick Johnson - Jazz Vocalist   “The world needs to hear Fred Johnson’s music.”   - Chick Corea

Frederick Johnson - Jazz Vocalist

“The world needs to hear Fred Johnson’s music.”

- Chick Corea

Text from Shakespeare’s Masterpieces are transformed into fresh and dynamic jazz songs that have audiences singing along in sheer delight.

Shakespeare in Jazz: All the World’s a Song is an engaging, participatory celebration of Shakespeare's work, offering an exciting new way to experience the his genius.  Great for those discovering his plays for the first time and for Shakespeare aficionados alike!

Throughout the concert, audience members will join Daniel's jazz group, featuring an amazing jazz vocalist, as they sing along to catchy, original songs based on Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Hamlet and many more!

Shakespeare in Jazz features the tremendous talents of jazz vocalist Frederick Johnson. Johnson has performed on stage with such musical greats as Chick Corea & Christian McBride and has performed as an opening act for Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Aretha Franklin, George Benson, B.B. King and many others.

School performances & workshops also available.

Shakespeare in Jazz: All the World’s a Song - 3-minute promo video

All the World’s a Stage (from As You Like It)

Full Fathom Five (from The Tempest)

Shakespeare Blues

Come Away, Death (from Twelfth Night) w/ Sarah Elizabeth Charles

Double, Double Toil & Trouble (from Macbeth)

O Mistress Mine (from Twelfth Night)

Double, Double, Toil & Trouble (duo)

We Gotta Create a New Reality was improvised at the Stella Adler Studios in NYC. At the end of an evening of singing Shakespeare to an ecstatic audience of theater students, we improvised this song about the power of words and how the words you use can make a difference in the world. Whether we're performing for elementary students or adults, this is one of the overarching themes we aim to convey in All the World's a Song - Shakespeare in Jazz. As you can hear by this audience's enthusiastic response, the message was taken to heart!


This program is ideal for school performances.
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Take a look at the Teacher Resource Guide created by New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) which includes curriculum standards: