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Sponsored by The Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutger

"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, always an enticing and eclectic celebration of America’s original music.

The festival, now in its eighth year, presents dozens of free and ticketed events, including a triple bill of Steps Ahead, Michael Franks and Spyro Gyra and starry salutes to the music of Erroll Garner and Nat King Cole. Experience the brilliance of guitarist Lee Ritenour and his special guests, and the incomparable Houston Person over brunch at Dorthaan’s Place. As always, the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition closes this amazing festival.

Free

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.

Jun 20 , 2019
Jazz

Jazz Vespers: Bobby Sanabria

An evening of free, live music with eight-time GRAMMY Award nominee Bobby Sanabria, an acclaimed drummer, composer, arranger and educator, long known for his groundbreaking work in Latin jazz.

Nov 9 , 2019
Dance

Nimbus Dance

Nimbus Dance presents a program of bold modern dance with jazz at its roots, including Falling Sky, a world premiere collaboration with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and NJPAC.

Nov 14 , 2019
Jazz

Chaka Khan

One of the reigning divas of R&B and soul, 10-time GRAMMY™ winner Chaka Khan (“I Feel for You,” “Through the Fire,” “I’m Every Woman,” “Ain’t Nobody”) returns to NJPAC.

Nov 14 , 2019
Jazz

NJMEA All-State Jazz with Steve Turre

Discover the next generation of jazz artists at this annual concert, which brings together some of N.J.’s best young jazz musicians for a dynamic group performance. This year’s special guest is master trombonist Steve Turre.

Nov 15 , 2019
Jazz

After Midnight: The Music of the King Cole Trio

For this Nat King Cole centennial spectacular, an all-star group of singers and musicians will gather to celebrate the dual legacy of extraordinary vocalist-keyboardist Nat King Cole.

Nov 15 , 2019
Jazz

Steps Ahead, Michael Franks and Spyro Gyra

NJPAC’s TD James Moody Jazz Festival hosts this one-night-only concert featuring three of the top hitmakers in jazz.

Nov 15 , 2019
Jazz

The Roots with A Christian McBride Situation

The TD James Moody Jazz Festival hosts an eclectic evening of cutting-edge R&B, funk, jazz and hip hop with The Roots – The Tonight Show’s GRAMMY-winning house band – with A Christian McBride Situation, bassist extraordinaire McBride’s experimental ensemble.

Nov 16 , 2019
Jazz

Lee Ritenour with Dave Grusin & Friends

The TD James Moody Jazz Festival presents an eclectic evening with GRAMMY Award-winning jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour (Captain Fingers, 6 String Theory) and pianist-composer Dave Grusin.

Nov 21 , 2019
Jazz

Christian Sands Presents the Erroll Garner 3 Piano Summit

An evening of top-notch, contemporary piano jazz with emerging keyboard star and GRAMMY nominee Christian Sands, who will be joined by two other pianists to be announced.

Nov 22 , 2019
Jazz

Dorthaan's Place: Houston Person

Tenor saxophonist Houston Person, one of the most eclectic players in all of jazz, is known for his mastery of swing, hard bop and soul jazz – and for his singular approach to the Great American Songbook.

Nov 24 , 2019
Jazz

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 eighth annual event, initiated in 2012 by NJPAC and WBGO-FM in honor of Newark’s “divine” jazz icon.

Nov 24 , 2019
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