Date: November 14- January 7
Venue: Virtual
Price: free
Grades: 9-12
Performing Arts Focus: Music, Theater
Curriculum Connections: Music, Social Studies, Theater

Teacher Resource Guide
Activity Sheet
Pre-show Video
Post-show Video

In this free virtual presentation, learn about the colorful life of Newark jazz pianist Willie “The Lion” Smith. Despite an incredibly difficult childhood in the early 1900s, “The Lion” went on to become one of the most influential jazz musicians of his time. From his story, we’ll learn how our experiences shape us, but don’t define us.


City Verses is conducted in partnership with Rutgers University-Newark. Support for this program was provided by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.