TD James Moody Jazz Festival

"Our TD James Moody Jazz Festival celebrates its fifth year in November! This season, I'm especially looking forward to leading all-star concert tributes to two of Newark's legendary musicians-the "Divine" Sarah Vaughan and saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter-and hosting an afternoon of music and conversation with four-time Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding. I'm also beyond excited to be part of a very special reunion of James Brown alumni in Prudential Hall with guests including Sharon Brown, Bettye Lavette and more to come. Now and throughout the season, you'll be hearing from Cecile McLorin Salvant, The Buena Vista Social Club, Wynton Marsalis, the greats of GRP Records, and many others. That's the kind of company we keep. Expect big turnouts and I recommend you get yourself to the box office early."

- Christian McBride
Multi_GRAMMY Award winner, NJPAC Jazz Advisor

Nov 1 , 2016

Jazz in the Key of Ellison Jazz

Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, singers Catherine Russell, Angélique Kidjo and Patti Austin and music director Andy Farber and His Orchestra perform in a words-and-music tribute to great American novelist Ralph Ellison and his remarkable jazz collection. Special guest readers include actor Joe Morton, hip-hop artist Talib Kweli, Don Katz and Robert O'Meally.

Nov 6 , 2016

The Brubeck Songbook Jazz

Musicians Chris and Dan Brubeck, sons of jazz giant Dave Brubeck, head a versatile band in concert with the celebrated Manhattan singer-pianist Hilary Kole and Michael Bourne of WBGO Jazz88.3.

Nov 12 , 2016

Antonio Hart Quartet Jazz

The celebrated, Grammy-nominated alto saxophonist leads a top-notch quartet in a free concert at Newark’s Bethany Baptist Church as part of the TD James Moody Jazz Festival. Free admission!

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Nov 13 , 2016

Cole Porter from A to Z: Celebrating 125 Years Jazz

Two-time Tony winner Judy Kaye sings all the great Cole Porter numbers (“Love For Sale,” “Let’s Do It,” “Begin the Beguine”) in a 125th anniversary salute hosted by Porter biographer Robert Kimball.

Nov 16 , 2016

The Brandee Younger Quartet Jazz

WBGO Jazz88.3FM presents harpist Brandee Younger and her musicians in a lunchtime concert at Newark’s Gateway II. Admission is free!

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Nov 16 , 2016

FELA! The Concert: Afro Beat Party Jazz

Full of energy and constant motion, FELA! The Concert radiates joy. Don’t miss this celebration of Afrobeat founding father Fela Kuti, featuring a 10-piece Afrobeat band and cast members of the original Tony-winning Broadway show!

Nov 17 , 2016

GRP Jazz Revisited: Honoring Larry Rosen Jazz

Many of the greatest artists of the jazz label GRP Records reunite to present, individually and collectively, music from the studio’s heyday: Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, Phil Perry, David Sanborn and the Yellowjackets.

Nov 18 , 2016

All-State Jazz Fest Other

NJPAC and NJMEA present

Nov 18 , 2016

Get On Up: A James Brown Celebration! Jazz

Bassist Christian McBride, a passionate James Brown expert, presides over an homage to the GRAMMY-winning Godfather of Soul with special guests Sharon Jones, Bettye LaVette, Lee Fields, Ryan Shaw, Terrace Martin and James Brown Band alumni Pee Wee Ellis, Danny “The Cape Man” Ray, Robert “Mousey” Thompson and Fred Wesley.

Nov 19 , 2016

Day of Swing Arts Education

Calling all music lovers! Join in a fun-filled day of activities in celebration of New Orleans and the roots of jazz. Admission is free!

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Nov 19 , 2016

WBGO Presents Winard Harper and Jeli Posse Jazz

Exuberant, swing-savvy drummer and percussionist Winard Harper and his band Jeli Posse are modern griots who draw on Afro-Caribbean influences with scintillating results.

Nov 19 , 2016

Sarah Vaughan Celebration Jazz

The Christian McBride Trio and special guests Dianne Reeves, Lisa Fischer and Sheila Jordan celebrate the legacy of Newark’s “Divine One” in an all-star jazz concert highlighted by rare film clips.

Nov 20 , 2016

Renee Rosnes Quartet at Dorthaan’s Place Jazz

One of the premier jazz pianists and composers of her generation, Renee Rosnes performs in NJPAC’s Sunday brunch series at NICO Kitchen + Bar. Accompanying are vibist Steve Nelson, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Carl Allen.

Nov 20 , 2016

Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition Jazz

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

TD Bank Jazz Series

Jan 22 , 2017

Toshiko Akiyoshi and Lew Tabackin Quartet at Dorthaan’s Place Jazz

One of the greatest marriages in jazz history! NEA Jazz Master pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi and virtuosic saxophonist-flutist Lew Tabackin are a treat for the ears at NJPAC’s jazz brunch series at NICO Kitchen + Bar.

Feb 12 , 2017

Kevin Mahogany at Dorthaan’s Place Jazz

Kevin Mahogany, the renowned jazz baritone from Kansas City, performs in NJPAC’s Sunday brunch series at NICO Kitchen + Bar.

Mar 12 , 2017

Rob Paparozzi at Dorthaan’s Place Jazz

Jersey-based frontman, singer and harmonica player Rob Paparozzi brings a wide range of musical styles to NJPAC’s jazz brunch series at NICO Kitchen + Bar.

Apr 2 , 2017

The Bucky Pizzarelli / Ed Laub Duo at Dorthaan’s Place Jazz

The accomplished guitar duo perform American Songbook selections and classic 1930s guitar duets in NJPAC’s Sunday jazz brunch series at NICO Kitchen + Bar.

Apr 7 , 2017

Here Is the Place, Our City Jazz

A collection of stellar artists gathers for the spirited premiere of Adegoke Steve Colson’s jazz-flavored tribute, commissioned by NJPAC in honor of Newark’s 350th anniversary.

Apr 21 , 2017

Cecile McLorin Salvant with Sullivan Fortner Jazz

Double Grammy nominee Cécile McLorin Salvant performs unique, theatrical interpretations of rare jazz and blues songs, Sullivan Fortner dazzles on piano, and the Emmet Cohen Trio opens with verve.

Apr 22 , 2017

Wayne Shorter: Weather Report and Beyond Reimagined Jazz

Jazz all-stars Christian McBride, Rachel Z, Joe Lovano, Steve Wilson and former members of Weather Report salute saxophonist Wayne Shorter, the subject of a weekend-long celebration at NJPAC.

Apr 23 , 2017

Christian McBride with Esperanza Spalding: One on One Jazz

Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding, the innovative, genre-bending composer, bassist and vocalist, joins bassist Christian McBride in an afternoon of conversation and music in the intimate Victoria Theater.

Apr 23 , 2017

Wayne Shorter Quartet, with special guest Herbie Hancock Jazz

Acclaimed saxophonist-composer Wayne Shorter and electronic jazz and R&B icon Herbie Hancock, former colleagues in the Miles Davis Quintet, together on stage! Vocalist Gretchen Parlato opens.