Twice a year, WBGO 88.3 makes it its mission to get kids be boppin’ and scatting. Profressional jazz musicians entertain and teach families about the distinct and cultural qualities of jazz. My family has enjoyed the concerts held at MAM.
On October 9 at 12:30 pm, the Fall Series concerts kick off at Newark Symphony Hall Grammy nominated Latin percussionist, “Chembo” Corniel. These free weekly Saturday concerts will follow:
October 16, 12:30 pm at University Heights Charter School in Newark.
Pianist/composer Geri Allen, vocalist Carmen Lundy, saxophonist Rev. Dwight Andrews, bassist Kenny Davis, drummer Kassa Overall and Newark’s own, tap dancer, Maurice Chestnut will come together with the children and their families in a celebration of sound, film, words and dance in tribute to the spirit of the great Mary Lou Williams, in honor of her Centennial.
October 23, 12:30 pm at Maplewood Middle School in Maplewood.
Vocalist Carolyn Leonhart has toured with Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs & Michael McDonald. Her group, featuring pianist Helen Sung, will perform original compositions, standards and children’s songs with interactive singing and movement activities.
October 24, 12:30 pm at The Burgdorff Center for Performing Arts in Maplewood
featuring the Steven Berstein Band Baby Loves Jazz. The band will perform music from the CD, “Go Baby Go,”, which takes classic children’s melodies and jazzes them up. From the bebop version of “Old McDonald” to the funk/soul of “Paw Paw Patch,” the group puts their owntake on the melodies and lyrics in the best jazz tradition
October 30, 12:30 pm at NJPAC in Newark.
Closing out the series this Fall, bassist/vocalist/composer Mimi Jones has created a highly interactive program entitled: The Blues: No Matter What Age, We All Get the Blues! Her approach includes fun descriptions with musical examples about the Origins of the Blues and the effect it has had on Gospel, R&B, Rock and of course, Jazz.
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.
(Photo of Geri Allen from her website)