Presented by Bethany Church Jazz Vespers & NJPAC

For 150 years, The Bethany Baptist Church of Newark has been one of the leading African American houses of worship, and for 20 of those years, the Church has featured monthly jazz in its Saturday evening Vesper services.

April’s featured performer is jazz vocalist Samara Joy. With a voice and style mature beyond her 22 years, this is a rising star you won’t want to miss. Samara won the 2019 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition at NJPAC and released her self-titled debut album just last year. Join us for this free event at Bethany Baptist Church, 275 W Market Street, Newark, New Jersey.

“Samara Joy has a voice that seems to have a gravitational pull keeping the planets in orbit.”


 You can also stream this performance live on YouTube HERE


Your safety is our priority. Please read about all of NJPAC’s health precautions and safety requirements before purchasing your ticket.

A fee of $3.50 has been added to all performance tickets to offset the cost of COVID-19 upgrades and maintenance for performances taking place between September 1, 2021, through July 1, 2022.

NJPAC values the safety of our audiences, artists, and staff. It regularly updates its COVID protocols and procedures based on CDC, federal, state, city, and other scientific data. NJPAC reserves the right to alter safety protocols at any time and at its sole discretion including but not limited to social distancing, vaccines/testing, masks, food service limitations, venue capacity, and entrance requirements as it deems appropriate.