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Take Five Video
Take Five Brubeck Dave Quartet 1961

This clip came from a collector in the Netherlands who taped it from a Dutch jazz TV show in 1961. Dave Brubeck's Quartet plays it's most famous tune called Take Five recorded in Holland.

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Snow Doesn’t Stop The Music

A Personal Message from Rochelle Koskie

Despite the heavy snow storm on January 28th, I and about 60 participants came together to enjoy a special moment in time. Caregivers, drivers, and social workers and participants shared a beautiful experience. Here’s how it started.


Gil Dodick, who does programming for Reena Foundation reached out to me a few months ago, as Director of our Outreach program. He wanted to know if they qualified for a concert as part of JPEC's outreach program. The audience was a group of adults who have developmental disabilities, some quite severe, at Reena Foundation (www.reena.org). Reena serves adults of all nationalities, within the framework as described on their website.

Aaron Lightstone, who is a music therapist, (www.musictherapytoronto.com) and Aviva Chernick, vocalist, presented that concert, paid for by JPEC. How fortunate we are to have someone with their backgrounds work with us.

As the hour unfolded, it was heartwarming and truly amazing to watch the audience and how they responded to the songs of many cultures, by clapping, dancing or simply smiling, or rocking in their chairs. At one point, one individual took Aviva’s hand, and with smiles on both their faces, would not let go. Another woman led the group, clapping to the rhythm of the song. Another two got up and danced; Another sang -- in disjointed words but thrilled to participate.

We at JPEC know the value of music and how it affects the brain, by the studies we have published on our website. (Jazz Education). But seeing it in action is quite another thing.

Thanks to the Reena Foundation for letting us have this special moment.

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