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Hundreds of Local NJ Students Celebrated International Jazz Day

Christian Wissmuller • News • May 4, 2022

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) hosted a free musical celebration in honor of International Jazz Day 4/30 featuring performances by 100+ young New Jersey musicians with special guest Newark Mayor Ras Baraka. Co-produced by NJPAC, City Verses, and Jazz House Kids, this popular concert unites youth musicians from NJPAC’s City Verses jazz and poetry initiative, NJPAC’s Jazz for Teens ensembles featuring James Moody Jazz Orchestra and The George Wein Scholars Ensemble, JAZZ HOUSE Big Band, and local high schools. Hosted by WBGO Radio’s Sheila Anderson aka “Queen of the Hang”, International Jazz Day in Newark highlights the power of jazz as a force for freedom and creativity, promotes intercultural dialogue through respect and understanding, and unites people from all corners of the globe.

“This marks NJPAC’s largest International Jazz Day celebration to date,” explains Mark Gross, Director of Jazz instruction and Artistic Director of Jazz for City Verses at NJPAC. “After two years of performing virtually, we are all ready to celebrate jazz together live and in person on the NJPAC stage. It is thrilling to provide a platform for community to join hands and support the next generation of jazz stars from the Greater Newark area.

Photo Credit: Norman DeShong

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