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"A little magic, a little mystery and a whole lot of great music."

- Christian McBride, NJPAC Jazz Advisor

Hear the best in jazz, presented with that extra-special touch of sophistication in NJPAC’s elegant Prudential Hall – it’s all part of the prestigious TD James MoodyJazz Festival, celebrating its seventh year from November 4-18!

Here are just a few of the many highlights:

Dianne Reeves and Gregory Porter, two of the greatest voices in jazz today in one unforgettable night …

Congas y Canto: An Evening of Latin Jazz, featuring  superstars Sheila E.Eddie PalmieriTito Nieves and the Christian McBride Big Band 

Marcus Miller with special guest David Sanborn and the extraordinary vocals ofLalah Hathaway.

NJPAC’s Victoria Theater offers an intimate setting for the big sound of the Count Basie Orchestra, with the talents of Kurt EllingJon FaddisStefon Harris andCatherine Russell. Also at “The Vic,” drummer Antonio Sánchez, composer of the score to Birdman, provides the live accompaniment for a unique screening of that Oscar-winning film.

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Jazz Jam Sessions

Celebrating its fourth season, NJPAC’s free jazz series moves to Clement’s Place, the intimate new club in Newark’s downtown.

Oct 18 , 2018 - Jun 20 , 2019
Free

Bethany Jazz Vespers: Roy Hargrove Quartet

For three decades now, Roy Hargrove has been one of America's premier jazz players, a hard bop specialist London Jazz News calls “brassily brilliant … one of the greatest trumpeters of our day.”

Nov 3 , 2018
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Django Festival Allstars with special guest Edmar Castañeda

NJPAC’s TD James Moody Jazz Festival hosts an afternoon of virtuosic, high-energy jazz with the Gypsy stylings of the Django Festival Allstars, performing here with internationally renowned harpist Edmar Castañeda.

Nov 4 , 2018
Free

Bobby Sanabria & ¡Quarteto Aché!

Get ready for lunchtime Latin jazz with GRAMMY-nominated percussionist and composer Bobby Sanabria, who performs with ¡Quarteto Aché!, his red-hot group hailed a "classic" by Modern Drummer magazine.

Nov 7 , 2018
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Antonio Sanchez: BiRDMAN LiVE

Experience Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Oscar-winning film like you never seen it before – at this special screening featuring the acclaimed score performed live by its composer, jazz drummer Antonio Sánchez.

Nov 8 , 2018
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Dianne Reeves & Gregory Porter

This concert will feature two of the greatest vocalists in jazz: GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter Gregory Porter, whose latest LP is the acclaimed Nat King Cole & Me, and 5-time GRAMMY winner and 2018 NEA Jazz Master Dianne Reeves.

Nov 8 , 2018
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Guitar Passions, with Sharon Isbin, Romero Lubambo and Stanley Jordan

An evening that combines jazz, classical, rock and Brazilian styles, featuring three brilliant instrumentalists Guitar World says “were meant to play together … like a love triangle of soulmates who finish each other's sentences."

Nov 9 , 2018
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Congas y Canto: An Evening of Latin Jazz

An evening of Latin jazz and more with superstar drummer Sheila E. (The Glamorous Life), GRAMMY-winning pianist-composer Eddie Palmieri, and legendary salsa vocalist Tito Nieves, all backed by NJPAC favorite Christian McBride and his Big Band.

Nov 9 , 2018
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WBGO Children's Concert: Oran Etkin

Multi-instrumentalist, composer and rising world music star Oran Etkin takes young audiences on an interactive, musical journey around the world!

Nov 10 , 2018
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Look For The Silver Lining Tribute To Jerome Kern

Following an astonishing 14-year run at the Waldorf-Astoria, vocalist-pianist Daryl Sherman makes her NJPAC debut with an afternoon devoted to Jerome Kern, the father of modern American musical theater.

Nov 10 , 2018
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Marcus Miller & Friends with special guest David Sanborn
Lalah Hathaway

GRAMMY-winning multi-instrumentalist Marcus Miller shares the stage with some of his favorite musicians, including longtime collaborator David Sanborn – a sax superstar known for his smooth blend of jazz, pop and R&B – and soul-stirring vocalist Lalah Hathaway.

Nov 10 , 2018
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Jazz Vinyl Revisited: Joni Mitchell’s Mingus & Terri Lyne Carrington’s Money Jungle

Jazz Vinyl Revisited double bill! 3 top vocalists rendezvous with Mingus – Joni Mitchell’s tribute album to the great jazz bassist – and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington performs Money Jungle, her exciting take on Mingus’ 1962 classic collaboration with Duke Ellington and Max Roach.

Nov 11 , 2018
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The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra™, directed by Scotty Barnhart, with special guests

NJPAC’s TD James Moody Jazz Festival presents an evening of unforgettable Swing Era jazz with The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, directed by Scotty Barnhart, and acclaimed special guests: vocalists Catherine Russell and Kurt Elling, trumpeter Jon Faddis, and vibraphonist Stefon Harris.

Nov 15 , 2018
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NJMEA All-State Jazz Band

Discover the next generation of jazz artists at this annual concert, which brings together some of NJ’s very best young jazz musicians for a dynamic group performance.

Nov 16 , 2018
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Cécile McLorin Salvant: Ogresse

One of the jazz world’s brightest new stars – powerhouse vocalist, songwriter, and two-time GRAMMY winner Cécile McLorin Salvant – arrives with Ogresse, her new song cycle.

Nov 16 , 2018
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Dorthaan's Place: Eric Alexander Quartet

Tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, known for his incredible agility with both hard bop and post-bop jazz, will perform with his all-star quartet, featuring pianist Harold Mabern, bassist John Webber and drummer Joe Farnsworth.

Nov 18 , 2018
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Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition: SASSY Awards

Discover the jazz greats of tomorrow today at this exciting afternoon of performances by the five finalists in this seventh annual event, initiated in 2012 by NJPAC and WBGO in honor of Newark’s “divine” jazz icon.

Nov 18 , 2018
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