WBGO Kids Jazz: Spring 2013
WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Series - a free concert series bringing jazz culture and performance to our 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! 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.
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.
Saturday, April 6 at Newark Symphony Hall
Families will be introduced to the idioms, concepts, and historical timeline of intoxicating Afro-Caribbean and Pan-American rhythms fused with the elevated harmonic structure and instrumental virtuosity of jazz.
Saturday, April 13 at Montclair Art Museum
A blues history lesson focusing on the origin, structure, and affects on the music throughout our time. Performance will include audience participation for all ages lead by Bassist Mimi Jones.
Saturday, April 20 at Newark Museum
The Lenny White Quartet will perform jazz for all audiences, featuring internationally recognized 16-year-old Georgian pianist Beka Gochiashvili, with Tom Guarna (guitar), Daryl Johns (bass), and Lenny White (drums).
Saturday, April 27 at Luna Stage
Audiences will be lead through the origins of Jazz including a participatory African "Call and Response" song, Slave songs and spirituals, improvisational Scat singing, and Jazz's global influences on music like Calypso. Children will be exposed to jazz legends Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Miles Davis.
Saturday, May 4 at NJPAC
Pianist Michael Wolff brings blues back to jazz exploring different styles of blues including old standards, rock and roll, Be Bop and beyond.