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WBGO Kids Jazz Fall 2014 Concert Series

YOU BRING THE KIDS, WE'LL BRING THE JAZZ

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!

SCHEDULE...COMING SOON

SATURDAYS AT 12:30 PM, FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
All concerts begin at 12:30 PM, and last for approximately one hour.

Tickets are handed out in the lobby of each venue on the day of performance only and on a first-come, first-served basis. The concerts are free and open to the general public. Adults must be accompanied by a child. We cannot guarantee seats prior to each program, except for groups with reservations.

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

Transportation Fund

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 kids@wbgo.org

Spring 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

The WBGO Kids Jazz Series is sponsored by

  • The Agnes Varis Trust - Supporting Affordable Access to the Arts, Education, and Healthcare
  • United Airlines
  • PNC Foundation
  • Turrell Fund
  • Investors Bank
  • NJPAC Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens
  • New Jersey State Council on the Arts
  • Robert A. Mills Foundation

Photos from last season

WBGO Kids Jazz Suggested Reading