Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Visit Baton Rouge: Mo Gets Jazzy at the Manship Theatre

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Ok. I need you to teach me how to play. You have that mouth piece in your hand. Put your lips nice and tight together. See if you can get a sound. I sound like Duck Dynasty.

Mo Isom here for a master class at the Manship Theatre. Join me as I jam with jazz trumpeter John Gray and and get schooled by symphony conductor David Torns.

So you are Assistant Conductor of the orchestra here at the Shaw Center? That's right.

I'm going to be totally honest. It looks like you are dancing. We are in a sense, but everything you do is going to mean something to the musicians.

Because every part of your body is communicating, right? Right. Just like when I'm talking to you right now.

I have had this young lady. It's a girl? Mahalia. Ma-HELL-YEAH! I like that, too! (Laughter)

All the music is right here at the tip. Alright, so if you were going to draw something... That's what she said. (Laughter) Ok, let's stay away from the word tip and just handle the shaft. (Laughter)

(Plays trumpet) I like it. Ok.

(Sings) "Oh, Say can you see..."

Have you named your baton? Can you name it for me? How about Lafonda? Lafonda... I like it! A little flava! Lafonda!

Yeah, you got it. How long did it take you to learn this craft? like five minutes, but it's taken you a lot longer. No, I'm just kidding. No it takes a long time!

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