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WBGO Kids Jazz 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. Please join us for as many concerts as you'd like – and bring everyone you think would enjoy them! 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. Bringing a group of 15 or more? Email and we'll reserve seats for you.

All venues are handicapped accessible. Sign language interpretation of performances is available with prior arrangement.


Mark your calendar! Join us every Saturday in April, at 12:30pm:

  • April 2 Newark Symphony Hall
  • April 9 Newark Museum
  • April 16 Livingston Public Library
  • April 23 NJPAC
  • April 30 Montclair Museum

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

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

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