Jazz for Children in New York City!

Posted on Feb 2, 2012

Love Jazz and want your children to begin to listen to it? 

Musical appreciation can be a visit to the Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong museum in Queens or attending a live musical production.

Families love going to Dizzy’s Coca Cola to enjoy a dinner before the show. Doors open at 6:00 PM.  The performers are on an elevated platform with floor to ceiling glass wall overlooking Central Park at Columbus Circle.  It’s a beautiful way to see and hear the performance.

I live in the West Village with 10 of the best world class jazz clubs within walking distance to my apartment.  Combing a walking tour of the neighborhood with lunch at once of the jazz clubs is a fun way to spend the day. 

The best NYC jazz spots that not only welcome kids, they cater to them include:

Jazz for Kids at the Jazz Standard – Kips Bay
116 East 27th Street between Park Avenue South and Lexington Avenue
Sundays at 2pm, doors open at 1pm
$5 suggested donation, brunch costs extra.
Every Sunday afternoon, the talented Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra—a varied group of tri-state area musicians, some as young as 10—take to the stage under musical director David O’Rourke to play tunes by the likes of Charlie Parker, George Gershwin and Miles Davis. This is a pretty cool experience on a bunch of levels: jazz for kids, by kids, in a actual jazz club, where you can feast on barbecued brunch treats from the famed Blue Smoke restaurant upstairs.

Jazz Kids! – Greenwich Village
55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street between Seventh Avenue South and Waverly Place
Sundays, February 26, March 25, April 29, May 27 at 2pm
The last Sunday of every month, singer Amy Cervini puts on an interactive, hour-long jazz show specifically aimed at children ages 2 to 6. Little jazz lovers hear her belt out a variety of short and sweet tunes, and are encouraged to get up and dance, sing along and even play with the instruments (when they’re not being used by the pros, of course).

Jazz for Young People Family
– Upper West Side

Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, 60th Street and Broadway
Saturdays, February 11 and April 21 at 1 and 3pm
Lincoln Center hosts three jazz concerts for kids throughout the season, each one with a different theme. The February 11 edition asks What is Improvisation? and features drummer Matt Wilson and his Arts and Crafts ensemble. On April 21, families will learn What is New Orleans Jazz? through interactive music and movement activities.

WeBop – Upper West Side
Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, 60th Street and Broadway
$330 for an eight-week session
Lincoln Center offers top-notch jazz education programs developed by celebrated jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. During the weekly class, tots between 8 months and 5 years are grouped by age and learn the fundamentals of jazz by listening to live and recorded music, and trying out a variety of percussion instruments like maracas, bongos, congas, tambourines and the glockenspiel. Visits from jazz pros round out the fun. The winter term is sold out for most age groups so plan early if you want to snag a spot in the spring or call us for a private group session at 212-370-1319.

Harlem-based Jazzmobile presents free outdoor concerts throughout the five boroughs. Every July, the organization partners with the Central Park Conservancy to produce Great Jazz on the Great Hill, a one-day-only concert and swing dance party.

Which is your favorite jazz venue?  

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