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WBGO Kids Jazz Fall 2015 Concert Series


Discover America's original musical art form at the WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Series - a free concert series bringing jazz culture and performance to your neighborhood. WBGO presents these concerts during the Spring and Fall on Saturday afternoons. These interactive, hour-long concerts give kids opportunities to learn about the distinct qualities of jazz, and why it's a reflection of our community, our nation, and our world! Q&A sessions with the artists, small gifts, and a chance to win a door prize are just some of the reasons to come out and join us!


All concerts begin at 12:30 PM on Saturdays, and last for approximately one hour.

All five concerts are free and open to the general public. Thanks to the generous support of our members and sponsors below, WBGO is able to provide this enriching cultural experience at no cost to our guests. We welcome you to attend as many concerts as you would like, there are no limits to party size. Tickets are handed out in the lobby of each venue on the day of the performance only and on a first-come, first-served basis. Adults must be accompanied by at least one child per party. We cannot guarantee seats prior to each program, except for groups with reservations.

All venues are handicapped accessible. Sign language interpretation of performances available by request.


  • the firey string sistas

    Elio Villafranca & The Jass Syncopators present "Caribbean Tinge"

    Saturday, October 3, 12:30 pm
    Newark Museum
    49 Washington St
    Newark, NJ 07102
    Travel to the Caribbean through an interactive performance of Afro-Caribbean drums and rhythms. See the interaction between dancer and drums, and learn how Afro-Caribbean music historically influenced jazz, while clapping along to the beat.
    This concert includes free admission to the Newark Museum following the performance.
  • mimi jones

    Mimi Jones presents "Next Stop Harlem!"

    Saturday, October 10, 12:30 pm
    Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts
    35 Winans St
    East Orange, NJ 07017
    Hurry up and get on board the A Train for "Next Stop Harlem!" Bassist Mimi Jones uses music and the audience's help to tell a story of The Great Migration, when African-Americans moved from the rural south to the urban northeast, leading to the Harlem Renaissance.
  • oran

    Oran Etkin & His Timbalooloo Band present "Wake Up Clarinet!"

    Saturday, October 17, 12:30 pm
    Newark Symphony Hall
    1030 Broad St
    Newark, NJ 07102
    Oran Etkin warms up with audience with an introduction to the clarinet, tuba, and classic standards such as "Salt Peanuts" and "Duke's Place," along with familiar children's songs. Then, get ready for the grand finale when everyone is invited to dance with band in the song "All I Want to do is Dance"!
    This concert includes free activities, including an "Instrument Petting Zoo," brought to you by the Newark School of the Arts, before the performance between 12:00pm and 12:30pm.
  • vince ector

    Vince Ector presents "A Multicultural Musical Journey"

    Saturday, October 24, 12:30pm
    Clinton Elementary School
    27 Berkshire Rd
    Maplewood, NJ 07040
    Time travel around the globe as drummer Vince Ector traces the history of jazz from African roots to South America rhythms, New Orleans second line to soulful Blues, bebop to modern day jazz, and beyond!
  • brianna

    Brianna Thomas & The Jazz Travelers present "Swing Makes You Sing!"

    Saturday, October 31, 12:30 pm
    South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
    1 SOPAC Way
    South Orange, NJ 07079
    Hope You like to swing and sing, because that's how vocalist Brianna Thomas & The Jazz Travelers roll! Explore jazz music in a personal way on a musical journey through the history of Jazz music in America.

Transportation Fund

Helen Sung The KJCS Transportation Fund aims to alleviate the barriers of access between youth and the free concerts of the WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Series. Groups working with youth ages 4-18 who want guaranteed seating at the Kids Jazz Concerts and transportation funding to attend the concerts should apply. Established groups, schools and 501c3 organizations, specifically in Essex County and communities in need of cultural enrichment hold priority for funding, but all groups are encouraged to submit an application. More information about the Kids Jazz Concert Series Transportation Fund is available with the application below and by e-mailing

The KJCS Transportation Fund Application

Transportation Information for Groups


There are lots of ways to volunteer on the WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Series for people from close to WBGO headquarters in Newark, NJ or around the globe.

Volunteers close to Newark can:

  • volunteer at the Kids Jazz Concerts to help manage the WBGO table and the crowd;
  • join our Street Team to spread the word in your own community or where a Kids Jazz concert will be held;
  • help us in the office with organizing our major brochure mailing,
  • or reaching out to schools and organizations about our Transportation Funding.

Volunteers anywhere can:

  • help us virtually with our online social media campaign.

E-mail to find out more about volunteering opportunities.

Lead support for the Kids Jazz Concert Series comes from

  • The Agnes Varis Trust
    Supporting Affordable Access to the Arts, Education, and Healthcare

With major support from

  • United Airlines
    Official Airline Partner of the WBGO Kids Jazz Series

And additional support from

  • Robert A. Mills Foundation
  • PNC Foundation
  • Anita B. and Howard S. Richmond Foundation
  • Turrell Fund
  • Edward W. and Stella C. Van Houten Memorial Fund
  • The Lillian Schneck Foundation
  • Sylvan C. Coleman Foundation
  • Investors Foundation

To support the WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Series, please e-mail or call 97-624-8880 ext 248.

Past Seasons

Photos from last season

2014 Coloring Poster: "A great day at WBGO" By Ramsess

Great day at W B G O Click to download large version

Artists included in "A Great Day at WBGO," and the print's inspiration, the iconic photo "A Great Day in Harlem," in alphabetical order:

Red Allen, Buster Bailey, Count Basie, Emmett Berry, Art Blakey, Scoville Browne, Lawrence Brown, Buck Clayton, Bill Crump, Vic Dickenson, Roy Eldridge, Art Farmer, Bud Freeman, Dizzy Gillespie, Tyree Glenn, Benny Golson, Sonny Greer, Johnny Griffin, Gigi Gryce, Coleman Hawkins, J.C. Heard, Jay C. Higginbotham, Milt Hinton, Chubby Jackson, Hilton Jefferson, Osie Johnson, Hank Jones, Jimmy Jones, Jo Jones, Taft Jordan, Max Kaminsky, Gene Krupa, Eddie Locke, Marian McPartland, Charles Mingus, Miff Mole, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Oscar Pettiford, Rudy Powell, Luckey Roberts, Sonny Rollins, Jimmy Rushing, Pee Wee Russell, Sahib Shihab, Horace Silver, Zutty Singleton, Stuff Smith, Rex Stewart, Maxine Sullivan, Joe Thomas, Wilbur Ware, Dicky Wells, George Wettling, Ernie Wilkins, Mary Lou Williams, Lester Young.

Not included in the original photo:
Joe Williams at top left with microphone and Rashaan Roland Kirk with saxophones in back right.

More about the original "A Great Day in Harlem," available here:
Behind 'A Great Day In Harlem': Jean Bach On Piano Jazz
"A Great Day in Harlem," the film

Know your Jazz Artist

  • Frank Sinatra
  • Eddie Sanfranski
  • Gene Sedric
  • Charlie Parker
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Miguelito Valdez
  • Max Roach
  • Billie Holiday
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Dizzy Gillespie
  • Sylvia Syms
  • Nat King Cole
  • Thelonious Monk
  • Mary Lou Williams
  • Les<br>Paul

WBGO Kids Jazz Suggested Reading

WBGO Kids Jazz on Pinterest

Contact us

For more information and directions, email or call 973-624-8880 ext 0.
WBGO is located at 54 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102