NEWARK, NJ: WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM’s award-winning, free Kids Jazz Concert Series, which brings jazz culture and dynamic performances to young people in the Spring and Fall, continues this Saturday, October 20, at 12:30 pm when Antonio Hart brings In the Mood for Moody to the Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street. The concert is part of the TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival and Endless Arts October.
Born and reared in Baltimore, MD, alto saxophonist Antonio Hart was classically trained at the Baltimore School for the Arts, studied jazz at the Berklee College of Music and later earned his Master's degree in Music Composition and Performance at Queens College. At Berklee, he joined forces with trumpeter Roy Hargrove and, together, they toured worldwide and made a number of critically acclaimed recordings. In 1991, Hart made For the First Time, his debut recording as a leader. Since then, he has performed and recorded nearly 100 albums with jazz greats, including Nat Adderley, Monty Alexander, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ray Brown, Cyrus Chestnut, Dizzy Gillespie, Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath, McCoy Tyner and Nancy Wilson. In addition to performing and composing, Hart has led Peer-to-Peer Jazz Education Tours for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, and serves as a full-time professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. For this event, Hart will pay tribute to the late saxophonist and Newark native, James Moody, with songs and instruments showcasing Moody’s versatility as a musician.
The series presents top jazz and blues artists who produce programs tailor-made for young people, leaving time for further exploration of the music through Q&A sessions with the artists. The interactive programs give young people opportunities to learn about the distinct qualities of jazz, and why it is a reflection of the community, nation, and world. In addition to the music, the events include door prizes, a gift for each child and a fun-filled afternoon with other young jazz lovers.
The 2012 Fall Kids Jazz Concert Series, which kicked off October 6 with drummer Maurício de Souza followed by Maurice Chestnut on October 13, wraps up with saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin on October 27, at South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC).
The WBGO 88.3 FM Kids Jazz Concert Series is sponsored by The Agnes Varis Fund, F. M. Kirby Foundation, Inc., Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, NJPAC Jazz for Teens and Prudential Foundation.