Live JAZZ Music & Dance Entertainment ReLoaded!

JAD Straight Ahead

Jazz Ain't Dead®: Straight, No Chaser
with the Jazz Ain't Dead Legacy Band

Although it's fun to play jazz all souped up and with the rhythm changed for today's young audiences, we don't always play the standards like jazz on acid. We also play the standards just like you always heard them...  Straight Ahead.  Accompanied by the Jazz Ain't Dead Legacy Band featuring the Lafayette Harris Jr. Trio, dancers slither and shimmy to the sounds of Swing and Blues reminiscent of a time where the boy always gets the girl, even though, the girl always plays hard to get.  Our tap dancer, spoken word, and vocal performers also set the vibe in the tradition of true jazz form through virtuosic displays of call-and-response and improvisation.  

Our music director, Lafayette Harris, Jr. (Music Director of Broadway's Color Purple and Bring in Da' Noise/Funk), is a well-traveled, accomplished jazz pianist, composer, and arranger who has performed with the greats in the most prestigious concerts halls. He is recognized as one of the premier jazz pianist of today.   He can put together a set of virtually any classic jazz standard paired with originals with the classical jazz sound; however, below is a list of music we are currently performing with dance choreography.  If you don't see your favorite standard listed, please feel free to contact us.   If you have a special occasion and want a particular standard, Jazz Ain't Dead can create a theatrical piece with dance, spoken word, and live jazz just for you!

Jazz Ain't Dead:  Straight, No Chaser Choreographed Standards
*We play all jazz standards.  The standards listed below are designed with dance choreography.

My Funny Valentine ( 
Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart)
Summertime (George Gershwin)
Is You Is, Or Is You Ain't My Baby (Louis Jordan)
Black Bird (Ray Henderson and lyricist Mort Dixon)
Love Poem (Text by Mo Beasley/Music straight ahead)
Zombie Blues (New Composition by Lafayette Harris, Jr.)
Life's a Bowl of Cherries/Tap Jam Session
Fever (Peggy Lee)
Goodbye (Benny Goodman)
Someone's Steppin' In/Down Home Blues (Z.Z. Hill)
Miss Celie's Blues (Rod Temperton, Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie)
My Heart Belongs to NoLa (New Composition by Kenneth Salters)
Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac (Dizzy Gillespie)
Red-Headed Woman (George Gershwin) 
Down Home Blues (Z.Z. Hill)