Free Family Day of Swing at NJPAC

Day of Swing
Christian McBride

On Saturday, November 9, as part of the TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival, NJPAC’s Center for Arts Education will host a free all-day Day of Swing—a family event where jazz aficionados of all ages are invited to participate in an exciting and fun-filled day of exploration and learning.

In partnership with Montclair’s Jazz House Kids, children and families will learn how to listen to jazz, sing the blues, improvise and what makes Latin Jazz Latin.  There will be a master class with Christian McBride and R&B singer and songwriter Jeffrey Osborne and Swing Along with Bucky Pizzarelli, a conversation-performance with the legendary jazz guitarist.

Kids will have the chance to participate in a spoken word “jazz slam,” showcasing their own work.  Very young children, ages 2 and up, will enjoy an early entry into creative music-making with classes in “little-bopping,” while older kids can participate in the Let’s Build a Jazz House Workshop, while aspiring jazz musicians will delve into workshops for moderate to advanced improvisation, ensemble playing, developing one’s own voices as a musician, and jazz during the Civil Rights era.

Performance highlights include concerts with the award-winning Jazz House Kids Big Band and NJPAC’s Jazz for Teens ensembles.  The Newark Museum will also screen the award-winning documentary The Girls in the Band:


day of swingFamily Day of Swing at NJPAC
 All ages
What:  A family event where jazz aficionados of all ages are invited to participate in an exciting and fun-filled day of exploration and learning!
Where: NJPAC, 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ
When: Saturday, November 9 beginning at 10 am
Cost: Free

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