WBGO Free Kids Jazz Concert Series Returns!

unnamedWBGO Free Kids Jazz Concert Series returns this Saturday.

Concerts (did we mention they are free!) begin at 12:30 p.m. (doors open at noon), and last for approximately one hour.

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. Here are the 2014 Fall Headliners:

Shamie Royston (pianist)
Shamie Royston (pianist)
October 4
Shamie Royston (Pianist)
South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
1 SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079

Bebop to Hip Hop
Through her performance, Royston will show young listeners examples of how jazz has influenced the music of today.

October 11
Onaje Allan Gumbs (Pianist)
Newark Museum
49 Washington St, Newark, NJ 07102

Connecting to Jazz
Young audience members will participate in the concert through group interaction, helping musicians to match music to different cartoon characters and even composing musical compositions.

The Newark Museum is graciously opening their museum space for guests to tour free following the concert.

October 18
Michael Carvin (Drummer)
Newark Symphony Hall
1030 Broad St, Newark, NJ 07102

Why Are The Drums Important In Music?
Master drummer, Michael Carvin explains and demonstrates how the drums create the style of the music. See and hear how, by altering the rhythm, any song can change from rock ‘n’ roll to bossa nova to bolero to jazz.

October 25
Lauren Hooker (Vocalist)
Clinton Elementary School
27 Berkshire Rd, Maplewood, NJ 07040

Music Legends presents Jazz 4 Kids
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. Allen Farnham on piano, Bill Moring on bass, Vince Ector on drums, and Lauren Hooker vocals and djembe drum.

Eddie Allen (trumpet)
Eddie Allen (trumpet)

November 1
Eddie Allen (Trumpet)
Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts
35 Winans St, East Orange, NJ 07017

Various Styles of Music
Allen will teach young audience members about some familiar, and some new, musical genres like R&B, reggae and the ¾ waltz; then perform examples for the crowd.

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