Saturday, October 13, 12:30 pm, at Newark Symphony Hall
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 13, at 12:30 pm when Maurice Chestnut brings Jazz & Tap! to Newark Symphony Hall.
Chestnut began dancing at age five and became a professional dancer four years later as an original member of the New Jersey Tap Ensemble. He garnered critical acclaim when he joined the national touring company of Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk as well as performing in numerous Off-Broadway productions. In addition to performing with his own band, he has performed with prominent jazz musicians, including Christian McBride, Cyrus Chestnut, T. S. Monk and Geri Allen. As a featured soloist and choreographer, Maurice continues to further develop his signature style of “playing tap” as a “live instrument.” He seamlessly weaves complex dance steps to interplay with musical notes, creating a powerful and distinctive energy that resonates with his audiences. At Newark Symphony Hall, Chestnut will dance and explain how jazz and tap blend together.
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, continues with saxophonist Antonio Hart, October 20, at Newark Museum and saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin, 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.