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The information below will help you decide if AstroJazz is right for you and your venue. To book AstroJazz anywhere under the stars, use our Contact form.

What is AstroJazz?

AstroJazz is a public education program that integrates live jazz music (both standards and originals), stunning astronomical imagery, audience interaction, and a cosmic sense of humor. The jazz ensemble includes piano, bass, drums, and vocalist.

Who is AstroJazz?

Dr. Cherilynn Morrow is the Astronomy Chanteuse for AstroJazz. She is an education-focused professor of Physics & Astronomy at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA where she is sustaining her efforts to blend art and science in service to re-connecting humans with their extraordinary cosmos. For AstroJazz, she sings, co-composes songs, researches the astronomy content, prepares the PowerPoint slides, and negotiates with the space artists and photographers who are featured in AstroJazz performances

Who is the audience for AstroJazz?

The show is suited to diverse audiences. It not designed to run in a passive, background mode, but to have the full engagement of the audience in a multi-sensory experience. It can be tweaked to run as a more sophisticated evening for adults, or as a program for families. A derivative of AstroJazz for younger children, called Space Jazz, was successfully piloted in Broomfield, CO in the summer of 2006.

Where has AstroJazz played?

AstroJazz debuted in February 2005 at Fiske Planetarium on the campus of the University of Colorado. In March 2006 it was featured in the Science Sights & Sounds series at the Broomfield Auditorium in Colorado. Since that time AstroJazz has performed in planetariums and auditoriums across the US, and in Morocco. See Events page for a complete listing to date.

Performance venu considerations?

AstroJazz can perform in planetariums, auditoriums, hotel meeting rooms, and other venues suited to live musical performance with the additional capacity for large-screen projection via remote control of PowerPoint slides. There must be stage space for the musicians, instruments, and sound equipment.

Lighting is important to control. Ideally, there is modest illumination of the musicians (including small lights on the music stands) while the screen is dark to maintain the contrast of the images. Lighting must be adjusted during the show, for example when the Astronomy Chanteuse is leading a segment of interaction with the audience between tunes.

If performed in a planetarium, we welcome the opportunity for advance consultation with a planetarium operator to determine what special effects might be suited to run during some of the tunes.