NJ Ballet and Jazz House Kids Celebrate the Garden State’s 350th Birthday

 Jazz House Kids

New Jersey Ballet Company is teaming up with Montclair-based Jazz House Kids for an evening of dance and music built around America’s original music form — jazz — on Saturday, March 15. It’s all a part of the NJ350 celebrations. The Garden State is celebrating 350 years of history this year!

The program will include four world premiere dances celebrating New Jersey jazz legends from the past and present — Count Basie, James P. Johnson, Wayne Shorter and Christian McBride — and a concert performance with the award- winning Jazz House Big Band directed by Julius Tolentino. The Big Band will be joined on stage by very special guest 11-time GRAMMY winning legend Paquito D’Rivera.

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate New Jersey!

Jazz House Kids is honored to be tapped to help celebrate this auspicious occasion with NJ Ballet. The 20- member Jazz House Big Band is fresh from last month’s performances at the Charles Mingus High School Competition and Festival, where it took home first place in its category plus six Jazz House Kids musicians were presented with outstanding soloist awards. In May 2014, the Jazz House Big Band will return to Jazz at Lincoln Center for this year’s competition.

Jazz House Kids and NJ Ballet rehearsing for the big show. Photo credit: Richard Conde.
Jazz House Kids and NJ Ballet rehearsing for the big show. Photo credit: Richard Conde.

New Jersey Ballet with Jazz House Kids 
Who: Families
What: New Jersey Ballet teams up with Montclair-based Jazz House Kids for an exciting evening of dance and music built around America’s original music form, jazz. Choreographer Earl Mosley takes on music by Wayne Shorter and Count Basie, and choreographer Ray Mercer works with two compositions by Christian McBride. Jazz House Kids student Esteban Castro is featured in a James P. Johnson stride piano medley. Music is performed by the award-winning Jazz House Big Band with special guest, 11-time Grammy-winning Cuban legend, Paquito D’Rivera. It’s all happening under the umbrella of “New Jersey Ballet Celebrates the Garden State’s 350th Birthday.”
Where: Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South Street, Morristown, NJ
When: Saturday, March 15 at 8 pm
Cost: Tickets are $29 – $59 and are available here or by calling 973-539-8008.

 

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