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WBGO Kids Jazz Fall 2016 Concert Series

You Bring the Kids, We'll Bring the Jazz

The WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Series brings world-renowned jazz musicians to concert halls and venues throughout Essex County, New Jersey. These hour-long concerts give young listeners the chance to discover the enjoyment of jazz, improvisation, and musical collaboration. Come join us!

Admission is FREE

Our concerts are held once a month on Saturday's throughout the fall beginning in October. Doors open at 1pm, and concerts start at 1:30. Adults must be accompanied by at least one child.

All our venues are handicapped accessible, and sign language interpretation of performances is available if you give us sufficient lead time.

Bring a group of 15 or more, and you can reserve free seats! Email or call (973) 643-4763. There's even free transportation funding for groups and schools.


Mark your calendar and join us in the Fall 2016 at 1:30 pm:

  • benny benack

    Benny Benack III & The Benny Benack Band
    present "Jazz and Democracy"

    Saturday, April 2 at 12:30 pm
    Newark Symphony Hall
    1020 Broad Street
    Newark, NJ 07102
    Best for Ages: 5-15
    Trumpeter and vocalist Benny Benack III and his band show you how jazz is democracy in action. They'll demonstrate the role each instrument plays - and help you discover similarities with the freedom and organization of our own government.
  • brianna

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

    April 9, 12:30 pm
    Newark Museum
    49 Washington Street
    Newark, NJ 07102
    Best for Ages: 5-18
    Hope you like to swing and sing, because that's how vocalist Brianna Thomas & The Jazz Travelers roll! Explore jazz in a personal way as they take you on a musical journey through the history of jazz in America.
    This concert includes free admission to the Newark Museum following the performance.
  • Camille Thurman

    Camille Thurman & The Darrell Green Trio
    present "Rhythm and Justice: Music as a Voice of Social Justice"

    April 16, 12:30 pm
    Livingston Public Library
    10 Robert H. Harp Drive
    Livingston, NJ 07039
    Best for ages: 5-15
    Saxophonist Camille Thurman and The Darrell Green Trio explore how jazz musicians use music to voice civil injustice and bring social awareness to the community.
  • Winard Harper

    Winard Harper & Jeli Posse

    November 19, 1:30pm
    Newark Museum
    49 Washington St.
    Newark, NJ 07102
    Best for ages: 7-14
    Master drummer Winard Harper and his group Jeli Posse play "Food for the Soul" - jazz steeped in the traditions of African roots and Caribbean rhythms, music that brings joy to young listeners.
    Winard Harper and the Jeli Posse join NJPAC's TD James Moody Jazz Festival.
  • Elio Villafranca

    Elio Villafranca

    December 3, 1:30pm
    South Orange Performing Arts Center
    1 SOPAC Way
    South Orange, NJ 07079
    Best for ages: 7-14
    Elio Villafranca perform "Letters to Mother Africa: Music of Duke Ellington, Max Roach, and much more"

Michael Carvin and boy drummer

Free Transportation for Groups and Schools!

Bring your group or school, and you can reserve great seats - and even apply for free transportation to and from WBGO Kids Jazz Concerts. Thanks to the generosity and vision of the Agnes Varis Charitable Trust, NJ schools, established groups, and 501(c)(3) organizations who work with kids can get funding to bring kids and their families to these shows.

Learn more about it

Get Free Transportation Funding - Apply Here!

Any questions, please call 973-643-4763 or email

Lead support for the WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Series comes from:
  • Agnes Varis Charitable Trust
    Supporting Affordable Access to the Arts, Education, and Healthcare
With major support from:
  • United Airlines
    Official Airline Partner
And additional support from:
  • Robert A. Mills Foundation
  • PNC Foundation
  • Anita B. and Howard S. Richmond Foundation
  • The Turrell Fund
  • The Edward W. and Stella C. Van Houten Memorial Fund
  • Lillian P. Schenck Charitable Trust Fund
  • Sylvan C. Coleman Foundation
  • Investors Foundation
  • NJPAC Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens

To support the WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Series, please e-mail or call (973) 643-4763.

Photos from past seasons

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, Lawrence Brown, Scoville Browne, 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 Rahsaan 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

WBGO Kids Jazz Suggested Reading

WBGO Kids Jazz on Pinterest

Contact us

For more information and directions, email or call (973) 643-4763.
WBGO is located at 54 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102