PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Win Tickets to see Esperanza Spalding at the Calvin

An Evening with Esperanza Spalding
Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA
Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 8pm

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Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

Continuing our fall promotions, we are pleased to offer a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to see Esperanza Spalding at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA at 8pm on Saturday, October 4th, 2014.

Win tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. Deadline to enter to win is Monday, 09/30/14 by 11:59pm (EST). More details below.


Esperanza Spalding was one of the biggest breakout stars of 2011, garnering Best New Artist at the 53rd Grammy® Awards. Her journey as a solo artist began with the 2006 release of Junjo followed in 2008 by Esperanza which topped Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart, becoming that year’s best selling jazz album worldwide. She was invited by President Barack Obama to appear at both the White House and the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony. She performed at the 84th Academy Awards and on the Late Show with David Letterman. (Letterman and Paul Shaffer proclaimed the young musician the “coolest” guest in the program’s three-decade history.) Spalding collaborations include with Wayne Shorter, Prince, Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Mae, Bruno Mars, and Janelle Monáe. Her latest album, Radio Music Society (see video) featuring a mosaic array of guest artists, is another expectation-defying chapter in the Esperanza Spalding story, as she continues on her journey of new musical horizons. —

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HFVS Jazz for Kids Episode with Guest DJ, David Tobocman (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Jazz for Kids Episode
with Guest DJ, David Tobocman

David Tobocman guest DJs with a Jazz for Kids show this week that features some of his own swingin’ tunes as well as an in-studio performance of his “Lemonade School” story song.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Nov 10th & 11th, 2012
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: “Home” by David Tobocman. –

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  • Duke Ellington – “The Purple Gazelle” [Afro-Bossa]
  • Louis Jordan – “Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens” [Jivin’ with Jordan]
  • Shorty Rogers and His Giants – “Martians Go Home” [The Swingin’ Mr. Rogers]
  • Nat “King” Cole – “Three Blind Mice” [King Cole for Kids]
  • David Tobocman – “No Time Like the Present” [Lemonade School]
  • Chris McKhool – “Spider-Man” [FiddleFire!]
  • Ella Fitzgerald – “Old MacDonald” [Whisper Not]
  • Count Basie – “Jumpin’ at the Woodside” [The Complete Basie on Decca]
  • Glenn Miller Orchestra – “(I Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo” [The Essential Glenn Miller]
  • STORY BREAK: David Tobocman – “Lemonade School” (live performance)
  • Count Basie – “Oh, Lady Be Good” [Count Basie and the Kansas City 7]
  • Oran Etkin – “High Low” [Wake Up Clarinet]
  • Lori Henriques – “Happy to Be Me” [Outside My Door]
  • Ahmad Jamal Trio – “Surrey with the Fringe on Top” [Live at the Pershing]
  • Coal Train Railroad – “Snuggling Suits Me Just Fine” [Coal Train Railroad]
  • David Tobocman – “Brush Your Teeth” [Very Helpful Songs]
  • Dave Brubeck Quartet – “When You Wish upon a Star” [Dave Digs Disney]

Music Giveaway – Putumayo Kids Presents: Jazz Playground

New Music Giveaway
Putumayo Kids Presents: Jazz Playground
Bebop, swing and all that jazz: cool tunes for global kids!

Hilltown Families and Putumayo Kids have partnered up to offer a chance to win Putumayo Kids’ recently released Jazz Playground, a new CD collection of international jazz songs for children. From bebop and swing to Latin and African jazz, this multicultural CD celebrates the vibrant diversity and global influence of jazz and will get the whole family grooving!  Jazz Playground demonstrates how artists in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania have adopted jazz and made it their own.

Featuring a new, colorful storybook-style booklet and glossary of musical terms (image below), Jazz Playground pairs sophisticated sounds with kid-friendly lyrics. “Mary Had a Little Lamb” gets a jazzy new twist in the hands of New York City-based Israeli saxophonist and jazz educator Oran Etkin and Brooklynite Charanee Wade, while American artist Barbara Morrison delivers a smooth and cool version of the British classic “Sing a Song of Sixpence.”


Featured artist Lewis Franco will share his love of jazz with all-ages audiences in Amherst, MA at the Eric Carle Museum on a special concert tour March 28th, 2010 at 1pm. The concert is free with museum admission. Lewis Franco has been entertaining Vermont audiences of all ages for many years. Franco’s most recent music features mostly original swing tunes about family life.


Your chance to win a free copy of the new Putumayo Kids Presents: Jazz Playground CD is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)! To win simply

  1. POST A COMMENT BELOW and be sure to tell us your
  2. FULL NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) Must include your town and state to be eligible. We’ll randomly draw a winner from those who leave a comment (along with their full name and town/state) and contact the winner via email.  So be sure to leave an
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL in the email field of the comment box (we never share your email address).

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Sunday, March 28th, 2010 @ 7pm (EST).

Vintage Jazz Episode on HFVS (05/02/09)

Vintage Jazz Episode

WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA
Saturday mornings from 9-10am

05/02/09 PLAYLIST

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  • Count Basie – “Boogie Woogie” [The Best of Early Basie]
  • Fats Waller – “Your Feet’s Too Big” [Nicky’s Jazz for Kids]
  • Phil Harris  – “The Thing”
  • Clifford Brown – “Joy Spring” [Jazz Immortal]
  • Harry Belafonte – “Day-O”  [Very Best of Harry Belafonte]
  • Bela Fleck & The Flecktones – “The Sinister Minister” [Bela Fleck and The Flecktones]
  • Swing Shift Big Band – “Theme From Sesame Street” [One More Time]
  • Tony Bennett – “Firefly” [The Playground]
  • Max Bygraves – “You’re a Pink Toothbrush'”
  • Count Basie – “Topsy” [The Best of Early Basie]
  • Guy Mitchell – “She Wears Red Feathers”
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks []
  • Bing Crosby – “Aren’t You Glad You’re You?” [Big Rock Candy Mountain]
  • Louis Armstrong – “West End Blues” [That Devilin’ Tune: A Jazz History (1895-1950) Vol. 2]
  • Ella Fitzgerald – “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” [Nicky’s Jazz for Kids]
  • Benny Goodman – “Goodbye” [The Yale University Music Library, Vol. 2: Live at Basin Street]
  • Louis Prima – “Yes, We Have No Bananas” [Beepin’ & Boppin’]
  • Carmen McRae – “Something to Live” [For Here to Stay]
  • Squirrel Nut Zippers – “Flight of the Passing Fancy” [Hot]

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