Jerry Zee grew up in Mobile, Alabama. His childhood was full of adventure and magic. "We had bicycle clubs and baseball teams, nightly games of kick-the-can and even Mardi Gras parades. The floats were those red Flexible Flyer wagons pulled down the sidewalk. Kids wearing costumes stood in them throwing candy whether anyone was watching or not."
As an adult, Jerry found himself in Atlanta working at Paideia, a well-respected independent school. This is where his love of teaching and music became one. The result is a self-produced CD of original children's songs called "Boogie Woogie Bullfrog." that won the NAPPA Gold Award in 1995. Jerry has appeared on the FOX Network, various children's radio programs and has toured schools throughout the eastern United States. His music has been heard around the globe on a children's program in Spain.
Twelve years of educating children and over thirty years of playing music makes Jerry Zee a dedicated artist and entertainer. Jerry's concerts are friendly and interactive with an emphasis on learning through fun and humor. The many styles of music he plays are enjoyed by young and old alike.
Jerry was an elementary school teacher for thirteen years and loved being in the company of his students. "Kids are honest," he said. "They possess unconditional love and are affectionate without strings attached. Kids are very real." The result of his years of interaction with children in his classroom is apparent in the songs he has written on his debut recording entitled Boogie Woogie Bullfrog.
The Kid Show
Jerry Zee's zany antics begin from the moment he appears onstage until the last note is sung! This "Parents Choice Gold Award" winner brings his original music to life in a very interactive and educational show. He encourages audience participation with the use of multiple props, musical instruments, movement and sing-a-longs.
Jerry's songs cover a variety of topics such as environmental awareness, cultural diversity and building friendships. The show's highlight is the appearance of a larger than life, colorful character named Boogie Woogie Bullfrog. Zalnoski said his classroom ideals carry over to his musical goal; he's always trying to teach kids, even when he's Jerry Zee. "I'm trying to teach through the music," he said of the CD, which in an earlier incarnation included an instruction book for teachers. "Every song has something important in it for kids to learn."
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