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WBGO Kids Jazz Spring Concert Series 2014
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!
SATURDAYS AT 12:30 PM, FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
All concerts begin at 12:30 PM, and last for approximately one hour. Please arrive 30 minutes early to ensure seating.
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. More info for groups below.
All venues are handicapped accessible. Sign language interpretation of performances by request.
Saxophonist, flutist, vocalist and composer
The Camille Thurman Quartet
- Saturday, March 29, 12:30 pm
- New Jersey Historical Society
- 52 Park Place
- Newark, NJ 07102
The Origins of the Blues: What is The Blues?An interactive, fun, and engaging performance to learn about the blues and its presence in today’s music.
The New Jersey Historical Society is graciously opening their museum space for guests to tour free following the concert.
Jazz & blues pianist, composer, singer and producer
The Eli Yamin Quartet
- Saturday, April 5, 12:30 pm
- Montclair Art Museum
- 3 South Mountain Avenue
- Montclair, NJ 07042
I Met Dave BrubeckMeet America’s favorite composer, pianist & bandleader through performances of his groundbreaking hits like “Take Five” & “Blue Rondo a la Turk;” while we hear stories about his life.
The Montclair Art Museum is graciously opening their museum space for guests to tour free following the concert.
Jazz vibraphonist and composer
Joe Locke & Force of Four
- Saturday, April 12, 12:30 pm
- NJPAC (Victoria Theater)
- One Center St
- Newark, NJ 07102
Recording SessionThe band will share a look behind the scenes of recording from rehearsing and what the band needs to do get ready for a recording session.
Bassist and composer
The Nilson Matta Quartet
- Saturday, April 26, 12:30pm
- Newark Symphony Hall (Terrace Ballroom)
- 1020 Broad Street
- Newark, NJ 07101
Nilson Matta's Samba Meets JazzMatta will take children on a music journey revealing how Brazilian music is connected to Jazz.
- Saturday, May 3, 12:30 pm
- Luna Stage
- 555 Valley Road
- West Orange, NJ 07052
The Tenor Sax in Jazz and BluesWilliams will perform examples of tenor greats as well as teach the saxophones’ place in jazz history through examples like the “Pink Panther theme”, “My Favorite Things,” as well as other popular tunes. The audience will also be invited to participate in a blues sing-along.
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 email@example.com
Spring 2014 Coloring Poster: "A great day at WBGO" By Ramsess
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
- PNC Foundation
- Turrell Fund
- Investor's Bank
- The Clarence B. Coleman and Joan F. Coleman Charitable Foundation
- Margo Moss
- NJPAC Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens
- New Jersey State Council on the Arts
Photos from last season
WBGO Kids Jazz Suggested Reading