WBGO Plants Seeds for the Future of Pan and Jazz through it's Free Children's Jazz Series
 

Newark Museum - May 2003.

WBGO continually cultivates the next generation of pan jazz music lovers through its Free Children's Jazz Concert series which is a huge hit.   WBGO is recognized as one of the nation's most respected Jazz stations, and by default, one of the world's.  Educational outreach is an important part of the station's programming.  WBGO's Children's Jazz Series, now in its 11th year, operates under the theme of building the future of jazz, through continued exposure to the young.  The Children's Jazz Concert series was started by
Ms. Dorthaan Kirk, WBGO's Special Events and Programs Coordinator.

The May 1, 2004 session featured Saxophonist Oliver Lake and his Steel Quartet at the Newark Museum, in Newark, New Jersey.    Oliver Lake wowed the 200 plus, young and  enthusiastic crowd, many of whom were seeing and hearing the steelpan for the first time.  It was truly a session of "edutainment" as the musicians explained the history and physics behind their respective instruments.

Lyndon Achee, with his attractively oversized "Low F-Tenor Pan" demonstrated (pictured up top) how the notes emanated from the pan when he struck different areas of the instrument.  It is a natural marriage of the instrument and the jazz genre.  Pan is the only musical instrument invented in the 20th century, as Achee informed his fascinated audience, and jazz is the original musical art form.

"For many of the young attendees it was their first introduction to jazz.  The children's jazz series is part of the station's [WBGO's] way of providing access to those who would not normally have it," says Public Relations manager Arlana Arrington.   WBGO continues to capture the hearts, minds and imagination of the next generation as it celebrates its 25th anniversary...  Look out for their next Children's event in the Fall of 2004.


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