Nov 5, 2014 View All News

Free Community Event: Day of Swing at NJPAC


Saturday, November 15

Day-long festival features workshops and performances with Grammy-award winning bassist Christian McBride and renowned jazz guitarist Romero Lubambo

NEWARK, NJ – (November 5, 2014) New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival and the Women’s Association of NJPAC host a free Day of Swing for families and kids, starting at 11am on Saturday, November 15, at NJPAC’s Center for Arts Education, located at 24 Rector Street in Newark.  Day of Swing is an event where jazz aficionados of all ages are invited to participate in an exciting and fun-filled day of exploration and learning.  Among the exciting events scheduled are master classes with GRAMMY® winner Christian McBride, who is also NJPAC’s Jazz Advisor, and world renowned jazz guitarist Romero Lubambo Day of Swing will include a performance by the Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens and a Kids Swing Concert. All events during Day of Swing are free and open to the public. A full schedule of events appears at the end of the release.


Another featured program during Day of Swing is the Jazz Orff Music Playroom taught by Doug Goodkin, who has been teaching music and movement to children for 38 years at The San Francisco School. Goodkin is an internationally recognized Orff Schulwerk teacher, instructing courses around the world. Goodkin has written eight books on music education.


Throughout the Day of Swing, children and families will learn how to listen to jazz, sing the blues, improvise and discover what makes Latin jazz “Latin.” Kids will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of sessions, including Explore-A-Jazz Story, where through stories and images will discover jazz-flavored literature.  Older kids can participate in programs such as, the Business of Jazz workshop, where they will learn the ins and outs of the jazz music industry, including how to network, best management practices, tips on marketing their talent, the process of recording their music and much more. The day also offers a session focused on college audition preparations and the process of applying for scholarships, hosted by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.


Day of Swing offers fun, educational and engaging activities for children, teens and adults,” said Alison Scott-Williams, Acting Head and Assistant Vice President of the Arts Education Department at NJPAC. “There are opportunities for the whole family to get involved. Among the numerous workshops that fill the day, we offer such things as, swing lessons to fine-tune your dance moves and art classes about crafting your own jazz-inspired collages.  Many new and memorable experiences are created at the festival.”


NJPAC’s TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival is a weeklong (Sunday, November 9 through Sunday, November 16) celebration of jazz.  Other events include, NJPAC’s new Brick City Jazz Orchestra, a collective of the most gifted high school jazz musicians in Greater Newark, which kicks off the festival with a concert on Sunday, November 9, featuring special guest Paquito D’Rivera. The concert is part of this season’s Dorthaan’s Place, which is a series of Sunday jazz brunches taking place at NICO Kitchen + Bar from November 2014 through April 2015.


The week of jazz festivities will offer a number of free admission shows hosted by NJPAC. Percussionist Ray Mantilla performs at Bethany Baptist Church in Newark on Monday, November 10. A screening of the new documentary by Adam Kahan about the multi-instrumentalist, Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Case of the Three-Sided Dream, will be shown on Tuesday, November 11 at Bethany Baptist Church in Newark. Wednesday, November 12 brings saxophonist, songwriter and bandleader Marcus Miller to perform with his group Wave Music at a lunchtime jazz concert in the Gateway Center in Newark. Also on Wednesday, Steve & Iqua Colson will jam with Oliver Lake, Kelvyn Bell, Santi Debriano and Tyshawn Sorey in a dynamic performance at the Newark Museum.


Additionally, during that week an electrifying lineup of GRAMMY® winners will perform in NJPAC’s Prudential Hall on Thursday, November 13 including: Fantasia, Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire, José James, Christian McBride Big Band, and Jazzmeia Horn, winner of the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. The annual All-State Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Choir concert, presented by NJPAC’s Arts Education Department and the New Jersey Music Educators Association, will take place on Friday, November 14. World-renowned trumpeter and composer Chris Botti will also take the stage at NJPAC on Friday, November 14.  NJPAC's third annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition takes place on Sunday, November 16. For information on tickets to these shows please visit


November 15 – Day of Swing Workshop Descriptions


Address: NJPAC’s Arts Education Center, 24 Rector Street, Newark

Time: 11am-3pm

Free admission and open to public.


Explore-A-Jazz Story  (Room 202: 11:45am – 12:15pm & 1:30pm – 2pm)

Stories leap off the page and illustrations spring to life as children discover jazz-flavored literature through music, movement and laughter. Ages 3-8

Business of Jazz (Room 317:  1:30pm – 2:30pm)

Get an inside look at the jazz music industry. Learn about management, networking, marketing, recording, radio air play and other aspects. Ages 12 and up


Capoeira and Afro-Brazilian Jazz ( Room B-07: 12:00pm – 1:00pm & 1:15pm – 2:15pm)

Venture through a musical survey of the history, its movements, influences and instruments of Capoeira – from its African roots to today – and its impact on Afro-Brazilian jazz. Ages 8 and up


Creative Movement: Jazz Style (Room 202: 11:00am – 11:30am & 12:30pm – 1:00pm)

Groove to the beat! This creative movement class encourages children to move their bodies in imaginative ways with rhythms, sounds, stories and songs. Ages 3-8


Family Art Project: Romare Bearden and Jazz (Room 218: 11:00am – 1:00pm & 1:30pm – 3:00pm)

Roll up your sleeves and create colorful collages inspired by jazz, just like the preeminent American artist Romare Bearden. Open to all ages


The Art of Improvisation: Art-Romare Bearden  (Room 213: 11:00am – 1:00pm & 1:30pm – 3:00pm)

Designed for older children, this hands-on workshop delves into the history of jazz through the exploration of the techniques and influences in Bearden’s art. Ages 10-18


Jazz Orff Music Playroom (Room 114: 11:15am – 11:45am, 12:15pm – 12:45pm &  1:00pm – 1:30pm)

Jam with your children!  Kids can swing and bop to the story of jazz through movement, improvisation and interactive play on tambourines, Orff xylophones, congas, djembes and shakers. Ages 3-8


Jazz and American Culture: History of the Big Band (Room 317: 12:15pm – 1:00pm)

Dig into the era of the big band in a multimedia workshop with James Burton III, NJPAC’s Director of Jazz Education and conductor of the Brick City Jazz Orchestra. Ages 12 and up


Latin Jazz: Percussion & Rhythms (Room 323:  12:00pm – 1:00pm & 1:15pm – 2:15pm)

Not to be missed if you can’t resist a Latin beat! This high-energy session journeys through Latin jazz’s syncopated rhythms and percussion instruments of the Americas, the Caribbean and its roots in Africa. Ages 10 and up


Master Class with Christian McBride (Horizon Black Box: 11:00am – 12:00pm)

Acclaimed bassist Christian McBride, NJPAC’s Jazz Advisor, offers students a one-of-a-kind opportunity to achieve a deeper understanding of jazz and blues. Ages 8 and up


Master Class with Romero Lubambo (Horizon Black Box: 12:15pm – 1:15pm)

World renowned jazz guitaritst Romero Lubambo brings the essence of Brazilian music and fuses it with American jazz.  Ages 8 and up


Monk Institute: College Auditioning (Room 105:  1:45pm – 3:00pm)

Dr. JB Dyas of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz shares insights on how to prepare for college auditions and secure music scholarships. Ages 12 and up


Swing Dance (Room 313: 11:45pm – 12:45pm & 1:45pm – 2:15pm) and Swing Dance Live (Horizon Black Box:  2:15pm – 3:00pm)   

Put on your dancing shoes and join us for a swingin’ good time! Learn not only the basic steps, but about swing dance’s history and elegance.  Later, demonstrate your new skills on the dance floor, accompanied by the NJPAC’S jazz faculty and student musicians. Open to all ages


The Art of Improvisation: Dance (Room 313: 11:15am – 11:45am & 1:00pm – 1:30pm)

Members of the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company show youngsters how to expressively improvise in a cool and funky jazz style. Ages 5 and up


Voices of Jazz (Room 105: 12:30pm – 1:30pm)

Jazz singers Jackie Jones and Charenée Wade demonstrate how to have fun in harmony by coaching participants in vocal techniques like call-and-response, scat and improvisation. Open to all ages




Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens Student Performances (Horizon Black Box: 1:30pm – 2:00pm)


Kids Swing Concert (Room 105:  11:30pm – 12:00pm)

Calling all music-makers! Sing a tune or play with the band, led by the Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens faculty. Open to all ages


About Women’s Association of NJPAC

The Women’s Association of NJPAC (WA) was formed in 1994, before NJPAC opened its doors. Today, WA has over 2,000 members and has contributed over $41 million to NJPAC and its Arts Education programs.



The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is among the largest performing arts centers in the United States and is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey – where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day.  NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the State’s and the world’s best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city.  Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts.  NJPAC has attracted nearly 9 million visitors (including more than 1 million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents.  Visit or call 1-888-GO-NJPAC for more information.