Calling all jazz aficionados, tune into what happening at WBGO, Newark Public Radio this fall… it’s one of America’s top radio stations for jazz and listened to from all over the world.



WBGO presents a concert series held every first Wednesday of the month at lunchtime.


Vincent Herring

Vincent Herring

Gateway - September 7

@ 12PM

Herring is a saxophone virtuoso with a uniquely intense and vigorous musical voice. He is considered one of the premier saxophonists of his generation.

WBGO - King Solomon Hicks

King Solomon Hicks 

 Gateway - October 5th 

@ 12PM

Solomon is a jazz and blues guitarist, singer, and composer. An eclectic musician, Solomon excels at a number of styles ranging from jazz, blues, classical, gospel, R&B, funk and classic rock.


Brandee Younger

Brandee Younger

 Gateway - November 16

@ 12PM

Ms. Younger delivers a consistently fresh take on the ancient instrument as an educator, concert curator, performer and leader of the Brandee Younger Jazz Harp Quartet. 

WBGO - Winard Harper

WBGO Kids Jazz Concert
Winard Harper & Jelli Posse Jazz

 Newark Museum - November 19 

@ 1:30 PM

The WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Series brings world-renowned jazz musicians to concert halls and venues throughout Essex County, New Jersey. These hour-long concerts give young listeners the chance to discover the enjoyment of jazz, improvisation, and musical collaboration.


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Jose Manuel Cruz


Return of The Native Son
Works by Jose Manuel Cruz

On display through October 15, 2016

Open: Monday through Friday, 9AM to 5PM

About the artist:

Jose Manuel Cruz was born on April 13, 1966 in Newark, New Jersey. His parents are Armando Cruz, a proud Puerto Rican and Gladys Cruz, a proud Columbian. He has five siblings. Sister Barbara and brothers, Jesus, James, David and Fernando. He is married to Dawn Lyerly-Cruz and they have two beautiful and dynamic daughters, Ariana who is twenty and Alana who is sixteen. He attended the Newark Public School System.


Jose Manuel Cruz


Jose Manuel Cruz

Description of Work:

Portraits of my People Series:

In this series of six, I wanted to use the power of the oils and airbrush to bring out the muscles that the color has on the simple complexity of the portrait.

Shades of Women in Color Series:

In this series of three, I wanted to use the soft graphite drawings to juxtapose the powerful use of color and brush strokes and bring them both together with a simple, colorful pattern.

Urban Bricks Series:

In this series of 11, I bring to you the essence of spray-paint on canvas and the use of enamel markers, which were the key graffiti combination for me as a native from Newark (Brick City).