Jazz in the Garden: Mark Gross

36831865_10157242786674460_3323915434217963520_nThursday, July 12th 12:15 – 1:45 in the Garden at the Newark Museum

The Newark Museum is kicking off the new season of its Jazz in the Garden lunchtime concert season with a performance by Mark Gross. Attendees are welcome to bring lunch or purchase it onsite. Admission is free for Museum Members and Newark residents; $5 for non-members. Performance will be held indoors in the event of inclement weather.

Baltimore-born jazz alto saxophonist Gross, who comes from the hard bop tradition, has been compared to Cannonball Adderley and credits his prolific sound to the rich appreciation for Gospel music that resounded through his parents’ home. Gross has recorded on over forty notable jazz recordings, including the two Grammy winning Dave Holland Big Bands-What Goes Around (ECM) and Overtime (Dare 2 Records). He will be performing music from his third and newest release,

Additional performances in the series are as follows:

* Thursday, July 19 — Marc Cary

* Thursday, July 26 — Bobby Sanabria

* Thursday, August 2 — Carla Cook

Support provided by Whole Foods.

FREE: Bethany Jazz Vespers: Jazzmeia Horn

jazzmeia-horn-300x230-319a051a03Saturday, January 6th at 6 PM.  Bethany Baptist Church – 275 W Market St, Newark, NJ

Meet the future of jazz when the Bethany Jazz Vespers series presents this intimate, free concert starring rising star Jazzmeia Horn, a recent winner of both the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition and NJPAC’s own Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition.

With a musical confidence far beyond her years, this Texas-born singer has been influenced by a range of jazz legends (from Sarah Vaughan to Rachelle Ferrell), and has formed a distinctive, delectable repertoire that combines classic jazz with modern flavors drawn from gospel and neo-soul. On her recently released debut album, A Social Call, Horn offers a fresh take on evergreen standards (“I Remember You,” “East of the Sun”), hard-bop anthems (“Afro-Blue”), spiritual songs (“Wade in the Water,”), R&B nuggets (“People Make the World Go ‘Round”), and much, much more.

“Jazzmeia Horn is a singer who stands apart from many of her peers because she takes on every song she sings so naturally,” says London Jazz News. “Every word, gesture and ornament becomes an expression of her total conviction … she completely comes alive in the moment.” DownBeat says that Horn possesses “both astounding technique and an acute artistic vision. She has a thrilling presence, with a musical sensibility that strikes a deft balance between mid-century jazz and contemporary neo-soul.”

This free event is presented by Bethany Jazz Vespers and NJPAC.

Free Jazz for Kids

20150355057b84211e8Saturday, April 18 at 12:30pm
Newark Museum | 49 Washington Street | Newark, NJ 07102
Time: 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

WBGO FREE Kids Jazz Concert Series presents She Said, She Says: the history & status of women in jazz

Celebrate some of the many important achievements of female jazz composers, arrangers, instrumentalists and vocalists from early 20th century through present-day.

This season’s five multi-media concert experiences for kids feature The Metta Quintet, the resident ensemble of JazzReach. The free and interactive, hour-long concerts give kids opportunities to learn about a new jazzy theme each Saturday and will take place in Essex County, NJ.

Q&A sessions with the artists, small gifts, and a chance to win a prize, are just some of the reasons to come out and join us! Full series runs Saturdays March 28th to May 2nd , calendar at www.wbgo.org/kids .

This concert includes free admission to the Newark Museum following the performance.

The concerts are free and open to the general public. Tickets are handed out in the lobby of each venue on the day of performance only and on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot guarantee seats prior to each program, except for groups with reservations. Adults must be accompanied by a child. All venues are handicapped accessible. Sign language interpretation of performances by request. Groups may reserve seats in advance and may be eligible for transportation funding; email Kids@wbgo.org for info.