WBGO Presents Free Kids Jazz Concert at SOPAC on Saturday

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Pianist Shamie Royston will perform at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) in South Orange on Saturday, Oct. 4. The concert, hosted by WBGO, kicks off a 5-show season of free concerts for children held at various locations in New Jersey.

From Bebop to Hip Hop, Royston will show young listeners examples of how jazz has influenced the music of today. The concert begins at 12:30 p.m.; doors open at 12 p.m. Each concert is about one hour.

On October 25, vocalist and djembe drummer Lauren Hooker will perform at Clinton Elementary School as part of the Jazz for Kids concert, where 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.

For a full list of the concert series, visit the WBGO webpage.

Tickets are handed out in the lobby of each venue on the day of performance only and on a first-come, first-served basis. Seats cannot be guaranteed prior to each program, except for groups with reservations.

All venues are handicapped accessible. Sign language interpretation of performances by request. Funding to cover the costs of bus rentals is available for schools and non-profits in the community.

For more information and directions, email kids@wbgo.org or call 973-624-8880 ext 0.

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