Thursday, March 10, 2022

Dee Dee Bridgewater, SFJAZZ Collective & Eddie Palmieri Coming to SOPAC


Dee Dee Bridgewater, SFJAZZ Collective and Eddie Palmieri

WHERE: South Orange Performing Arts Center, 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange (behind the train station) 

The Bad Plus
: $28-$36

The Bad Plus is a critically acclaimed, avant-garde Jazz quartet that has been called "technically brilliant, beyond versatile" (The New Yorker) and is known for producing "moving, mighty music" (Rolling Stone).


Dee Dee Bridgewater & Bill Charlap
: $40-$54

An incomparable experience awaits when these two ignite their musical chemistry. Join us for the convergence of two of Jazz’s most legendary forces of nature on the intimate SOPAC stage. Drawing on the canons of luminary composers—Ellington, Porter, Sondheim, Lengrand, Simon and others, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Bill Charlap’s virtuosic interpretations traverse the musical spectrum from ballads to soulful grooves, delivered with daring expression borne of their musical chemistry. Triple Grammy winner, Tony winner, UN Goodwill Ambassador, producer, ASCAP Champion, Memphis Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and NEA Jazz Master are just some of the honors bestowed upon Dee Dee Bridgewater throughout her career. Ever the fearless voyager, explorer and pioneer, she was always one to fight for her rights and also serve as a mentor to young women. Grammy winning pianist Bill Charlap has performed with many leading artists including Phil Woods, Tony Bennett, Gerry Mulligan, Wynton Marsalis, Freddy Cole and Houston Person. In 1997, Charlap formed his trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington. He is known for his interpretations of American popular song and is currently the Director of Jazz Studies at William Paterson University in Wayne.

Celebrate the Sounds of New Orleans with

Dirty Dozen Brass Band & Nathan and The Zydeco Cha Chas
: $35-$48

This double-bill featuring world-famous music machines celebrates the feel-good sounds of The Big Easy!

Marc Broussard

Marc Broussard’s signature “Bayou Soul” style and rich voice are influenced by his Louisiana roots and musical father, a guitarist for the Soul band The Boogie Kings.

Tab Benoit
with special guest Whiskey Bayou Revue
Tickets: $35-$45

One of the most impressive guitarists to emerge from the rich Bayous of Louisiana, Tab Benoit’s guitar tone and his Otis Redding-like voice are iconic.

SFJAZZ Collective
Tickets: $58-$78

The SFJAZZ Collective is an award-winning supergroup comprised of nine of the finest performers/composers at work in Jazz today. The current ensemble features Gretchen Parlato on vocals, Martin Luther McCoy on vocals, Chris Potter on saxophones, David Sánchez on saxophones, Etienne Charles on trumpet, Warren Wolf on vibraphone, Edward Simon on keyboards, Matt Brewer on bass and Kendrick Scott on drums.

Carolyn Dorfman Dance: Returning to Reconnect

Carolyn Dorfman Dance returns to SOPAC for a joyous evening that will have audiences dancing in their seats. The program includes PRIMA!, a new work in which Dorfman and her versatile company explore the robust, driving and buoyant sound of Jazz great Louis Prima and his band.

Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band
MAY 21

The iconic ten-time Grammy Award winner and NEA Jazz Master skillfully fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner as well as his older brother, Charlie Palmieri.

Bria Skonberg Quartet
: $29-$39

Described as "one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation" (
Wall Street Journal) and "the shining hope of hot Jazz" (New York Times), triple threat trailblazer Bria Skonberg is a force to be reckoned with. This multi-award winning trumpeter, singer and composer combines her signature sound of fiery trumpet playing and smoky vocals. She blends Jazz, Blues and beyond with storytelling and adventurous concoctions of classics and soulful originals.

Jesse Cook: Tempest Tour II
Tickets: $34-$42

Jesse Cook is a global guitar virtuoso. The international appeal of this accomplished performer is his style of mixing Flamenco with Classical, Jazz, Zydeco, Blues and Brazilian samba 


At this time, all SOPAC patrons are required to show proof of vaccination, or a negative Covid-19 test and wear a mask. All current Covid-19 Precautions & Policies can be found at

About SOPAC:

Since 2006, SOPAC has been serving as a premier performing arts center in the region. SOPAC offers innovative artistic and cultural experiences for diverse audiences in an intimate, inviting environment. The arts center hosts a variety of live performances, community events and education programs for all ages. SOPAC is home for Seton Hall University Arts Council’s performances, including the Classical Concert Series, Jazz ‘N the Hall performances and Seton Hall University Theatre productions. SOPAC programs are made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For more information, visit