Sonny LaRosa & America's Youngest Jazz Band

Sonny LaRosa & America's Youngest Jazz Band


Sonny LaRosa, formerly a trumpet player with Sam Donahue, among others, is the director, arranger and nurturer of America's Youngest Jazz Band. It's a big band and the players are from six to 12 years old.


Sonny LaRosa is a 76-year-old trumpet player who lives in Safety Harbor, FL. For more than six decades, he prayed to become a famous trumpet player. He wanted his music to make him immortal.

But he never had enough talent, he says. So he took to teaching.

He shows children as young as 5 how to play an instrument, read music and count time. He teaches them about Tommy Dorsey and Duke Ellington. He shows them how to swing.

He has taken his band to the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Preservation Hall in New Orleans, on the Today show. In June, they shared the stage with Roberta Flack and Al Jarreau at the Syracuse Jazz Festival. The band has released two videos, a DVD and a CD


CD: March Of Jazz
DVD: The History, Concerts and Wonderful Times with Sonny LaRosa and America's Youngest Jazz Band

Set List

Bugle Call Rag
Tuxedo Junction
Sugar Blues
Stormy Weather
Satin Doll
Harlem Nocturne
Bye Bye Blues
Lullaby Of Broadway
Swingin' The Blues
The Continental
Ain't Misbehaving
Cherry Pink
I'm Beginning To See The Light
I Don't Know Why
Them There Eyes
Crazy Rhythm
Over The Rainbow
So Rare
Why Don't You Do Right
Ain't Misbehaving
Crush On You
Sentimental Mood
September In The Rain
Goody Goody
I'm A Big Girl Now
Lulu's back in town
St Louis Blues
Be Happy
Where Or When
Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me
Blue Moon
Blue And Sentimental
Sophisticated Lady
Gershwin Medley
One O'Clock Jump