The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival and the Women’s Association of NJPAC will host its annual free Day of Swing on Saturday, November 15 at NJPAC’s Center for Arts Education.
Day of Swing is an event where jazz aficionados of all ages are invited to participate in an exciting and fun-filled day of exploration and learning. Among the exciting events scheduled are master classes with Montclair’s own GRAMMY winner Christian McBride, who is also NJPAC’s Jazz Advisor, and world renowned jazz guitarist Romero Lubambo. Day of Swing will include a performance by the Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens and a Kids Swing Concert.
Another featured program during Day of Swing is the Jazz Orff Music Playroom taught by Doug Goodkin, who has been teaching music and movement to children for 38 years at The San Francisco School. Goodkin is an internationally recognized Orff Schulwerk teacher, instructing courses around the world. Goodkin has written eight books on music education.
Throughout the Day of Swing, families will learn how to listen to jazz, sing the blues, improvise and discover what makes Latin jazz “Latin.” Kids will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of sessions, including Explore-A-Jazz Story, where through stories and images will discover jazz-flavored literature. Older kids can participate in programs such as, the Business of Jazz workshop, where they will learn the ins and outs of the jazz music industry, including how to network, best management practices, tips on marketing their talent, the process of recording their music and much more. The day also offers a session for teens and their parents focused on college audition preparations and the process of applying for scholarships, hosted by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.
“Day of Swing offers fun, educational and engaging activities for children, teens and adults,” said Alison Scott-Williams, Acting Head and Assistant Vice President of the Arts Education Department at NJPAC.
“There are opportunities for the whole family to get involved. Among the numerous workshops that fill the day, we offer such things as, swing lessons to fine-tune your dance moves and art classes about crafting your own jazz-inspired collages. Many new and memorable experiences are created at the festival.”