There will be no shortage of star power at fourth annual TD James Moody Jazz Festival, withTony Bennett, Dianne Reeves, Bruce Hornsby, Sharon Jones and many others performing. The fest takes place Nov. 7-15 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and other Newark venues.
Events will include a “One on One” evening of music and conversation with Hornsby and bassist Christian McBride, who is NJPAC’s jazz adviser; a tribute to Miles Davis’ classic Birth of the Cool album organized by pianist Bill Charlap; and a “Real Sinatra Songbook” concert that is part of NJPAC’s ongoing “Sinatra Centennial” series.
“The beauty of the annual TD James Moody Jazz Festival is that every year we get to reinvent ourselves,” said NJPAC president and CEO John Schreiber, in a press release. “The foundation of the festival is the spirit, heart and soul of James Moody, a brilliant player (and singer) whose humanity shone in every note he played.”
Here is the schedule.
Nov. 7: Wycliffe Gordon Quartet at Bethany Baptist Church.
Nov. 8: Judy Carmichael Trio with Harry Allen at NJPAC’s Chase Room.
Nov. 9: “The Real Sinatra Songbook,” featuring Tom Wopat, Sue Raney and Kevin Mahogany, at NJPAC’s Victoria Theater, with pre-curtain panel discussion, “Sinatra Standard Time,”led bySinatra historian and author Charles L. Granata in NJPAC’s Chase Room.
Nov. 10: Joe Alterman Trio at Gateway II.
Nov. 10: Screening of “Keep on Keepin’ On,” documentary about the late trumpeter Clark Terry and his mentorship of blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin, at Newark Museum.
Nov. 11: Dorado Schmitt & Django Festival Allstars at NJPAC’s Victoria Theater.
Nov. 12: Christian McBride with Bruce Hornsby: One on One,” at NJPAC’s Victoria Theater.
Nov. 12-13: Tony Bennett at NJPAC’s Prudential Hall.
Nov. 13: All-State Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Choir at NJPAC’s Victoria Theater.
Nov. 14: “Jazz, Soul and Funk” at NJPAC’s Prudential Hall. WithSharon Jones &The Dap-Kings,Dianne Reeves,Christian McBride (host and special guest).
Nov. 14: “Jazz Wives/Jazz Lives,” panel discussion led by James Moody’s widow, Linda Moody, at Newark Museum.
Nov. 14: Bill Charlap Presents: Mile Davis’ Birth of the Cool, at NJPAC’s Victoria Theater. Also featuring Jeremy Pelt, Frank Basile (baritone sax), Jon Gordon (alto sax), Jason Jackson (trombone), Jeff Scott (French horn), Bob Stewart (tuba), Peter Washington (bass) and Kenny Washington (drums).
Nov. 14: “Day of Swing” at NJPAC’s Center for Arts Education, featuring youth-focused workshops, rehearsals and jam sessions.
Nov. 15: Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, at NJPAC’s Victoria Theater.