Today, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Blue Engine Records releases Jazz for Kids, a new digital album from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. In the Orchestra’s masterful hands, the simplicity and familiarity of childhood favorites like “Old MacDonald” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider” afford a world of musical possibilities for audiences young and old.


On a unique interpretation of “Wheels on the Bus,” the Orchestra is joined by co-anchor of NBC News’ TODAY and co-host of TODAY with Hoda and Jenna Hoda Kotb, who narrates the beloved nursery rhyme, accompanied by a special solo by Wynton Marsalis.

Recorded in 2011 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz for Kidsexplores the universal appeal of jazz, providing younger audiences with an access point to the music and making tried-and-true jazz lovers feel young at heart. Showcasing the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s greatest strengths—unprecedented stylistic versatility and a creative roster of expert arrangers—Jazz for Kids demonstrates how jazz can transform even the most familiar song to take listeners on an unforgettable ride.

Wonderful for both young and old, either as an introduction to jazz or a reminder of the music’s ability to supercharge your imagination, this collection of children’s classics with a jazz spin is available now on all digital platforms. 


1. Baa Baa Black Sheep

Arranged by Sherman Irby

Solos: Kenny Rampton (trumpet), Vincent Gardner (trombone), Sherman Irby (alto saxophone), Marcus Printup (trumpet—fills), Chris Crenshaw (trombone—fills), Walter Blanding (tenor saxophone—fills)

  1. Old MacDonald

Arranged by Ted Nash

Solos: Sherman Irby (alto saxophone—fills), Dan Nimmer (piano), Vincent Gardner (trombone—fills), Wynton Marsalis (trumpet), Joe Temperley (baritone saxophone), Walter Blanding (tenor saxophone), Ali Jackson (drums)

  1. Mah Nà Mah Nà

Written by Piero Umiliani

Arranged by Wynton Marsalis

Solos: Jonathan Russell (violin), Carlos Henriquez (bass, vocals)

  1. Itsy Bitsy Spider

Arranged by Wynton Marsalis

Solos: Ted Nash (flute), Chris Crenshaw (trombone—fills)

  1. La Cucaracha

Arranged by Wynton Marsalis

Solos: Marcus Printup (trumpet), Victor Goines (clarinet), Chris Crenshaw (trombone), Dan Nimmer (piano), Carlos Henriquez (bass), Ali Jackson (drums)

  1. Wheels on the Bus (feat. Hoda Kotb)

Arranged by Sherman Irby

Solos: Hoda Kotb (vocals), Ali Jackson (brushes), Wynton Marsalis (trumpet)

  1. It Ain’t Easy Being Green

Written by Joe Raposo

Arranged by Ali Jackson

Solos: ,Vincent Gardner (trombone), Wynton Marsalis (trumpet), Marcus Printup (trumpet)

  1. I Like to Take My Time

Written by Fred Rogers

Arranged by Sherman Irby

Solo: Ryan Kisor (trumpet)

  1. Rubber Duckie

Written by Jeff Moss

Arranged by Vincent Gardner

Solos: Dan Nimmer (piano), Wynton Marsalis (trumpet), Vincent Gardner (trombone), Sherman Irby (alto saxophone), Ali Jackson (drums), Wynton Marsalis (trumpet—hollers)

  1. Pop Goes the Weasel

Arranged by Wynton Marsalis

Solos: Ted Nash (alto saxophone), Elliot Mason (trombone)

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