WHEN: September 24-December 9, 2021
WHERE: NJPAC is located at 1 Center Street, Newark, New Jersey; a short walk from the Newark Penn Station stop by Newark-bound PATH Train or Amtrak
TICKETS: $29 and up. To purchase, contact NJPAC at 1.888.GO.NJPAC/1.888.466.5722 or visit NJPAC.org/jazz.
09.24 @ 8:00 p.m.
An Evening with Gregory Porter
Gregory Porter (vocals)
@ 8:00 p.m.
“Salsa Meets Jazz”
- Tito Nieves (vocals)
- Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
- Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra
@ 7:30 p.m.
Boney James (saxophone)
It’s smooth. It’s sultry. It’s got just the right amount of swagger. That’s the music of four-time GRAMMY® nominee and multi-platinum saxophonist Boney James. In June 2020, he released his 17th album, Solid. Solid follows his smash 2017 release Honestly which became his 11th #1 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album.
Fri 10.15 @ 7:30
Tierney Sutton & Ann Hampton Callaway – In Technicolor
- Tierney Sutton (vocals)
- Ann Hampton Callaway (vocals)
Sat 11.06 @ 7:00 p.m.
TD James Moody Jazz Festival: Pedro Giraudo + Nimbus Dance
Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet:
- Pedro Giraudo (bass, bandleader)
- Nick Danielson (violin)
- Rodolfo Zanetti (bandoneon)
- Ahmed Alom (piano)
Sat. 11.06 @ 8:00 p.m.
TD James Moody Jazz Festival: Chaka Khan with Special Guest Leela James
- Chaka Khan (vocals)
- Leela James (vocals)
The reigning Queen of funk, soul, and R&B—and 10-time Grammy Award winner—Chaka Khan returns to NJPAC for what’s sure to be a classic concert, featuring such iconic hits as “I Feel for You,” “Through the Fire,” “I’m Every Woman,” “Ain’t Nobody” and others. “The influence of a vocal institution such as Chaka Khan never fades far from the minds of millions of fans… She makes each tune she touches a standout that is hard to resist, and even harder to forget.” (Soul Tracks)
Leela James first burst onto
the scene with her 2006 debut album A Change is Gonna Come, introducing
audiences to her considerable vocal chops and garnering nominations for
Outstanding New Artist at the NAACP Image Awards and Best R&B/Soul or Rap
New Artist of 2008 at the Soul Train Music Awards. For Leela, it’s always
been about the soul. So much so that she was nicknamed Baby Etta as a little
girl growing up in Los Angeles.
Thu 11.11 @ 7:30 p.m.
TD James Moody Jazz Festival: New Jersey Premiere of Christian McBride’s The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons
- Christian McBride (bass, bandleader)
- Sonia Sanchez (orator)
- Willie Perdomo (orator)
- John Murillo (orator)
- Dion Graham (orator)
- Christian McBride Big Band (line-up TBA)
- Gospel choir (TBA)
@ 8:00 p.m.
TD James Moody Jazz Festival: Chris Botti
Chris Botti (trumpet)
Sat 11.13 @ 8:00 p.m.
TD James Moody Jazz Festival: Dianne Reeves and Artemis
Dianne Reeves (vocals)
- Renee Rosnes (piano)
- Anat Cohen (clarinet)
- Ingrid Jensen (trumpet)
- Nicole Glover (saxophone)
- Noriko Ueda (bass)
- Allison Miller (drums)
Five-time Grammy Award winner Dianne Reeves is the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world, known for her breathtaking virtuosity, improvisational prowess and unique jazz and R&B stylings. Among her many honors, she has received honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music and the Juilliard School, and the NEA designated her a Jazz Master—the highest honor the United States bestows on jazz artists.
Hailing from America, Canada, Israel, Chile and Japan, Artemis is an international, multi-generational all-star group featuring jazz musicians Renee Rosnes (lives in West Orange, NJ), Anat Cohen, Ingrid Jensen, Nicole Glover, Noriko Ueda & Allison Miller. It recently won Best New Artist by Jazz Times 2020 Reader’s Poll and Mid-Size Ensemble of the Year 2020 by Jazz Journalists Association. “Each individual member of this supergroup is a bona fide jazz titan,” says the President of Blue Note Records, Don Was. With passion, power and sensitivity, they create unforgettable performances of high-wire interplay and pure joy. TICKETS: $29-$79
Sun 11.14 @ 11:00 a.m. + 1:00 p.m.
TD James Moody Jazz Festival: Dorthaan’s Place: Cyrus Chestnut
Cyrus Chestnut (piano)
NJPAC continues Dorthaan’s Place, its popular Sunday jazz brunch series curated by Newark’s First Lady of Jazz, Dorthaan Kirk. The series made its debut during NJPAC’s 2012-13 season and has grown ever since. “The finest in jazz is on the menu…anticipation runs high at Dorthaan’s Place, whether you’re there for the music, the food, the scene, Dorthaan, or all of the above.” (All About Jazz)
This edition presents the piano stylings of Cyrus Chestnut, “the best jazz pianist of his generation” (Time). Taking a break from touring the world’s clubs, concert halls, and jazz festivals, he’ll stop by NICO Kitchen + Bar for a musical brunch that’s not to be missed. Learn why The New York Times calls Cyrus “a wildly imaginative improviser whose solos are free-associative delights, full of dark and swinging riffs, rumbling low notes, and splatters of upper register tickles.”
Sun 11.14 @ 3:00 p.m.
TD James Moody Jazz Festival: 10th Annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition
- Christian McBride (co-host, bass)
- Dianne Reeves (co-host, vocals)
- Steve Williams (judge)
- Jazzmeia Horn (judge)
- John Pizzarelli (judge)
- Sheila Jordan (judge)
The divine Sarah Vaughan—Newark’s greatest musical gift to the world—got her start as the winner of a talent contest. Now, NJPAC honors her legacy every year with the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. For this special 10th anniversary of “The SASSY Awards,” jazz greats Christian McBride (NJPAC’s Jazz Advisor) and Dianne Reeves will both co-host and and perform as guest artists. This event offers outstanding jazz singers a one-of-a-kind platform for embarking on a career in the music business—and offers audience members a chance to discover the jazz stars of tomorrow.
Sat 11.20 @ 7:30 p.m.
TD James Moody Jazz Festival: Swingin’ at 96: Anat Cohen and the Newport All-Stars Salute George Wein
- Anat Cohen (saxophone, clarinet)
- Christian McBride (bass)
- Kenny Barron (piano)
- Randy Brecker (trumpet)
- Lewis Nash (drums)
- Lew Tabackin (flute, tenor sax)
- Peter Washington (bass)
Thu 12.09 @ 7:30 p.m.
Jane Lynch: A Swingin’ Little Christmas Live in Concert
- Jane Lynch (host, vocals)
- Kate Flannery (vocals)
- Tim Davis (vocals)
- The Tony Guerrero Quintet
Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning actress Jane Lynch (Glee, Hollywood Game Night, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) is getting into the holiday spirit. Joined by her friends Kate Flannery (best known for her portrayal of “Meredith the Drunk” on NBC’s The Office) and Tim Davis (vocal producer for Glee), this festive concert includes fresh takes on classic Christmas carols and new nostalgia-inspired tunes. The bandleader, Tony Guerrero, fuses clever jazz arrangements with tight vocal harmonies performed by the jazz group, The Tony Guerrero Quintet. The show’s eponymous album A Swingin’ Little Christmas hit Billboard's Top 10 Adult Contemporary chart. TICKETS: On Sale July 18th
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