"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 Moody Jazz Festival, celebrating its seventh year from November 3-18!

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 Rojas 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.


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.

Nov 15 , 2018 - Jun 20 , 2019

The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra™ with Kurt Elling, Jon Faddis, Stefon Harris & Catherine Russell

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

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

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

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 and drummer Joe Farnsworth.

Nov 18 , 2018

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