TD James Moody Jazz Festival
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. 4-15, on and off the NJPAC campus, the festival opens with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and presents two performances with the incomparable Tony Bennett. The festival is the site of one of the 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.