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WBGO Kids Jazz Spring 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.


This spring, WBGO's Kids Jazz Concert Series presents five multi-media concert experiences for kids featuring The Metta Quintet, the resident ensemble of JazzReach.

  • Saturday, March 28 at 12:30pm
    Montclair Art Museum | 3 South Mountain Avenue | Montclair, NJ 07042

    "Hangin' with the Giants" featuring METTA QUINTET
    A fun, high-energy program designed to promote the inclusiveness and accessibility of jazz while highlighting the legacies and music of some of the art form's central contributors. Staged as a late night talk show, Hangin' with the Giants features animated likenesses of jazz greats like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Dizzy Gillespie.

    a Production

    This concert includes free admission to the Montclair Art Museum following the performance.

  • Saturday, April 11 at 12:30pm
    Newark Symphony Hall (Terrace Ballroom) | 1020 Broad Street | Newark, NJ 07101

    "Ellington!" featuring METTA QUINTET
    An interactive, multi-media introduction to one of the most celebrated musicians in history; the great American composer, pianist and bandleader, Duke Ellington! New generations will experience a wide variety of Duke's broad musical achievements, from hit songs to blues riffs to scores for stage and screen.

    a Production

  • Saturday, April 18 at 12:30pm
    Newark Museum | 49 Washington Street | Newark, NJ 07102

    "She Said, She Says: the history & status of women in jazz" featuring METTA QUINTET
    Celebrate some of the many important achievements of female jazz composers, arrangers, instrumentalists and vocalists from early 20th century through present-day.

    a Production

    This concert includes free admission to the Newark Museum following the performance.

  • Saturday, April 25 at 12:30pm
    NJPAC (Victoria Theater) | One Center St | Newark, NJ 07102

    "Get Hip!" featuring METTA QUINTET
    An introduction for jazz young cats that illuminates the art form's cultural origins, improvisation and creative self-expression. Meet each member of the band and learn how through teamwork, collaboration and cooperation; they all must work together to make great music.

    a Production

  • Saturday, May 2 at 12:30pm
    Livingston Public Library |10 Robert Harp Drive | Livingston, NJ 07039

    "Big Drum, Small World" featuring METTA QUINTET
    Travel around the world meeting composers from West Africa, Israel, Cuba, India, and the United States speaking one common language, Jazz. See how traditional American jazz has inspired each, blending with their individual cultural heritages, and created their artistic visions.

    a Production


Established in 1994, JazzReach is a nationally recognized New York City-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, performance, creation and teaching of jazz music.

Through the presentation of innovative, widely acclaimed live multi-media educational programs for young audiences (in grades 3-12), captivating main-stage concerts for all audiences and informative clinics and master-classes for student musicians, JazzReach is fiercely dedicated to fostering a greater appreciation, awareness and understanding of this rich, vital American art form. The organization presents more than 65 educational performances in over 28 U.S. communities annually. Since inception, JazzReach has served well over 350,000 young people through its efforts.

METTA QUINTET is the official resident ensemble of JazzReach. A highly creative unit featuring some of the most acclaimed, sought-after artists on the scene today, the ensemble is as dedicated to blazing new artistic territory as it is to serving young audiences and ensuring that students nationwide have access to information and engaging opportunities to experience the music live.

Jazzreach Metta Quintet

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

The KJCS Transportation Fund - Application Guidelines


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

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