TD James Moody Jazz Festival

November 7-15

For the fourth year, the TD James Moody Jazz Festival, one of the largest gatherings of jazz fans on the East Coast, showcases an all-star lineup of the country’s best musicians, with many more artists to be announced. Held from Nov. 7-15, on and off the NJPAC campus, the festival is the site of one of three Frank Sinatra centennial concerts planned this season: The Real Sinatra Songbook, with a cast of singers recognized for their virtuosity on Broadway and beyond, on Nov. 9. The second installment of a new series, One on One with Christian McBride, brings Bruce Hornsby to the stage on Nov. 12 for music and talk. Renowned jazzmakers Judy Carmichael, Dianne Reeves, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Bill Charlap, the T.S. Monk Sextet and Dorado Schmitt & Django Festival Allstars are all on board.  Festival-goers can expect the return of the always in-demand, Sunday brunch concerts at Dorthaan’s Place in NICO Kitchen + Bar, as well as performances by five of the crème-de-la-crème of female singers during the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition on the festival’s final day. And another centennial, this one in honor of Billie Holiday, is cause for celebration at Day of Swing, an afternoon packed with free family activities, on Nov. 14.

Nov 8 , 2015

Judy Carmichael Trio with Harry Allen Jazz

Grammy-nominated pianist Judy Carmichael, one of the world’s leading interpreters of stride piano and swing (earning her the nickname “Stride” from Count Basie), performs a repertoire of standards and swing with Harry Allen on tenor sax.

Nov 9 , 2015

The Real Sinatra Songbook Jazz

“Come Fly with Me” … “Ring-A-Ding-Ding” … “I’m a Fool to Want You” … A stellar cast of vocalists – Tom Wopat, Sue Raney and Kevin Mahogany, under the musical direction of Ken Peplowski – perform songs that might not even exist if it weren’t for Frank Sinatra.

Nov 11 , 2015

Dorado Schmitt & Django Festival Allstars Jazz

Hot-swing jazz, direct from France! Dorado Schmitt & Django Festival Allstars carry on the musical legacy of “gypsy” guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli, one of the great partnerships in European jazz history.

Nov 12 , 2015

Christian McBride with Bruce Hornsby: One on One Jazz

Multi-Grammy-nominated singer and pianist Bruce Hornsby (“The Way It Is,” “Mandolin Rain”) appears in concert and conversation with Grammy-winning bassist Christian McBride.

Nov 14 , 2015

Bill Charlap: Miles Davis’ Birth of the Cool Jazz

Bill Charlap, one of the world’s premier jazz pianists, leads a musical tribute to trumpeter Miles Davis’ groundbreaking 1957 album Birth of the Cool.

Nov 14 , 2015

Dianne Reeves / Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Jazz

A superb evening of jazz , funk and soul is in store for music lovers when Dianne Reeves, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, and bassist Christian McBride, host and special guest, perform in Prudential Hall.

Nov 15 , 2015

T.S. Monk Sextet Jazz

Jazz drummer T.S. Monk, son of the legendary pianist Thelonious Monk, demonstrates his remarkable talents as a bandleader, arranger and musician at Dorthaan’s Place.

Nov 15 , 2015

Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition Jazz

Following an intensive search, NJPAC hosts the five finalists in the fourth annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, founded in honor of Newark’s “divine” jazz icon.

TD Bank Jazz Series

Sep 17 , 2015

Christian McBride with Pat Metheny: One on One Jazz

A must-see event for music fans! Twenty-time Grammy winner Pat Metheny (“Last Train Home”) appears in concert and conversation with Grammy-winning bassist Christian McBride.

Nov 4 , 2015

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis – NEW DATE! Jazz

Please note: Due to a venue scheduling conflict, this performance has been rescheduled to November 4.

Apr 17 , 2016

Michel Camilo: Solo Piano Jazz

From the Dominican Republic to NJPAC for the very first time, pianist and composer Michel Camilo gives a rare solo piano concert of his critically acclaimed songs, including “Caribe,” “From Within” and “Why Not!”

Jun 18 , 2016

Bill Charlap: Solo Piano Other

A rare solo recital with one of the world’s premier jazz pianists. Two-time Grammy nominee Bill Charlap has performed with many leading artists of our times, from Phil Woods and Tony Bennett to Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis.