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WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Series Wraps Up Spring Season with Claire Daly
(Published: April 26, 2012)


WBGO'S Award-Winning Kids Jazz Concert Series Wraps Up Spring Season with Claire Daly, Saturday, April 28, 12:30 pm, at Newark Museum

NEWARK, NJ, April 26, 2012 - WBGO's award-winning, free Kids Jazz Concert Series, which brings jazz culture and dynamic performances to young people throughout the year, wraps up its Spring season this Saturday, April 28, at 12:30 pm, at Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, with baritone saxophonist Claire Daly's presentation of How Important Is the Melody?.

In this performance, the Claire Daly Quartet demonstrates what a melody is, why it's important and why it stands out. Melody is where harmony and rhythm come together. While enjoying music, the listener loves and learns the melody - it's what makes a song memorable. The program is presented in partnership with Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens.

Claire Daly will tell you that her life changed on September 23, 1971, when as a young musician playing saxophone for three months, she attended a performance of the Buddy Rich Band. When the saxophone section stood up for a solo, Daly's excitement stood up with them. After dragging her father to the stage door for autographs, she took one look at the tour bus and said, "I'd do anything to be on that bus." It was the kind of epiphany that only young enthusiasm can breed, but enthusiasm is still the motivating force in her musical life. After attending the Berklee College of Music, the baritone saxophonist set out to make a living as a musician. Her career has included anchoring the sax section in the Diva Big Band for seven years, freelancing in New York, recording five CDs with the composer/pianist Joel Forrester and their band, People Like Us, as well as her own CDs Swing Low, Movin' On and Heaven Help Us All. She is celebrating the release of the Mary Joyce Project: Nothing to Lose, a musical gift to her second cousin, who made a 1, 000-mile journey from Juneau to Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1935. The piece was premiered at the Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival in May. In addition, she has performed on numerous CDs, film scores and jingles, as well as at festivals and venues around the world.

The Kids Jazz Concert Series features interactive, hour-long programs that give young people opportunities to learn about the distinct qualities of jazz, and why it is a reflection of our community, nation, and world. Top jazz and blues artists produce programs tailor-made for young people, leaving time for further exploration of the music through Q&A sessions with the artists. In addition to the music, the event includes door prizes, a gift for each child and a fun-filled afternoon with other young jazz lovers.

Previous concerts in the series included Brandee Younger (March 31, Montclair Art Museum), Donald Harrison (April 14, Cicely Tyson Performing Arts Center) and Will Calhoun (April 21, New Jersey Performing Arts Center).

All concerts are handicapped accessible. Adults must be accompanied by a child.

Special thanks to sponsors Prudential Foundation, NJPAC's Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens, OHL Trust, PNC Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

For more information on the Kids Jazz Concert series and WBGO-FM, visit www.wbgo.org.

Founded in 1979, Newark Public Radio, Inc. is a publicly supported cultural institution that champions jazz at WBGO 88.3 FM in Newark, New Jersey and worldwide via wbgo.org. WBGO is the recognized world leader in jazz radio and one of the most respected jazz presenters in the country, and offers award-winning news and innovative children's programs. Beyond reaching 400, 000 weekly listeners (including 17, 000 contributing members) on air, online and via mobile devices, WBGO presents live broadcasts from prestigious jazz venues and produces acclaimed programs for NPR heard by millions. WBGO is Jazz Week magazine's 2010 Major Market Station of the Year.

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More Information: http://www.wbgo.org

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