Music from the Playground: Summer Is a ‘Swing Set’ with Jazzy Ash

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Multiple award-winning and nationally touring artist Jazzy Ash is back with her fourth album for all ages, Swing Set. Arranged and enhanced for a new generation, these 14 classic songs, rhythms and rhymes represent and celebrate a tradition handed down by African-American children, adults, and musicians from the mid-19th century to the early jazz era. Swing Set will be available from and national music retailers on July 21; pre-orders are available now via iTunes and Amazon.


After years of deep research, Jazzy Ash gathers up these time-tested tunes, polishes them up, and presents them to a new audience. The songs on Swing Set are interspersed with percussive playground rhymes. Each track is at least 90 years old. Produced by Chris Schlarb at his completely analog studio Big Ego, these tracks vary from sassy clapping playground rhymes, to soulful lullabies and classic New Orleans melodies, all presented in style by Jazzy Ash, her band, with children’s voices sprinkled in to invite listener engagement. Swing Set also features Washington DC based artist Uncle Devin on “Hambone,” and tap dancer Sarah Reich (Postmodern Jukebox) on “Ballin’ the Jack.”

Some songs, like “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain,” “Down by The Riverside” and “When the Saints Go Marching In,” are familiar; and some, like the swingy “Sister Kate” and the percussive “Head and Shoulders Baby,” are not as widely known.

“The history behind these songs and rhymes is so rich ,” explains Jazzy Ash, a longtime preschool educator as well as nationally touring artist. “As I was researching these and sharing my arrangements with my students and teachers in my workshops, I realized how many generations of people have been personally impacted by these traditional tunes. Many of these songs and games were largely carried along by little girls on the playground throughout time, and it’s not often that we celebrate the work of women. I wanted to convey the grit and soul of that grassroots heritage with these recordings.”



Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards, credit Steve Lorentzen

Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards

Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards at Wolf Trap and More!


Over the past five years, Jazzy Ash has built a reputation as one of the top touring family artist in the nation. Her music has been featured by the Los Angeles Times and NPR and continues to top radio charts. Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards have performed at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Symphony Space and Lincoln Center in New York, Pilgrimage Festival and World Café Live in Philadelphia, among many other venues.New Swing Set music videos are also coming soon.
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We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win a CD! To enter, leave a comment below! Deadline to enter is August 16th, 2017 at noon PST.

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  1. Looks/sounds like fun music

  2. Love to use this kind of music with my students!

  3. This brings back good memories…I remember singing some of these songs as a kid.

  4. Congrats K!

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