Jazzin It Up in Maplewood with WBGO and Marcus Printup

By mark-slade October 23, 2011

WBGO Brings Jazz to Kids in Maplewood

I love living in Maplewood and this would be one more reason.
Mark Slade
Keller Williams

The County-wide series changes locations weekly and visits Maplewood Middle School on October 22. Also, Maplewood’s own world-class trumpeter Marcus Printup visits the Newark Museum on Oct. 29.

By Carol Selman

October 22, 2011

Drop that mop and get your kids over to one or all of WBGO Jazz Radio 88.3FM free Saturday afternoon “Kids Jazz” programs this October. The 18-year-old takes place every Saturday at 12:30 p.m. this month at different locations in the city or its suburbs — including a gig in Maplewood on October 22.

Jazz is America’s premiere contribution to world culture and Newark-based station WBGO is America’s premiere jazz broadcaster. It’s also a premiere cultural and civic institution with an art gallery, in-studio live broadcasts, media sponsorships of area jazz festivals, and not incidentally, it has a crackerjack news department.

Behind much of this outreach is WBGO stalwart Dorthaan Kirk, the station’s special events and programs coordinator, and a key player in the Newark cultural scene and at the station since the 1970s.

Kirk talked about the “WBGO Kids Jazz” series: “This program is designed to introduce young people to jazz,” she said. “My main focus is not the big name jazz star; it’s presenting a program young people can understand.”

Each season — there is also a spring edition which starts in April 2012 — each of the one-hour programs explore a given instrument, style or component of jazz. This season the main themes are the jazz organ, song, Latin jazz and expressing emotion in jazz.

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