Top 20 NJ Arts Events of the Week: TD James Moody and Exit 0 jazz festivals, more

NJ jazz festivals preview

Marcus Miller will perform at both the TD James Moody Jazz Festival in Newark and the Exit 0 Jazz Festival in Cape May.

A roundup of arts events taking place around the state, through Nov. 12:


This year’s edition of the annual TD James Moody Jazz Festival began on Nov. 3 and continues through Nov. 18 at NJPAC and other Newark venues. But most of the big events are this week, including:

Nov. 8 at 8 p.m.: Gregory Porter and Dianne Reeves at NJPAC’s Prudential Hall.
Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m.: Antonio Sánchez: “BiRDMAN LiVE” at NJPAC’s Victoria Theater. Screening of the 2014 movie with a live performance of its score by drummer Sánchez, its composer.
Nov. 9 at 8 p.m.: “Congas y Canto: An Evening of Latin Jazz” with Sheila E., Eddie Palmieri and Tito Rojas with the Christian McBride Big Band at NJPAC’s Prudential Hall.
Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m.: “Guitar Passions” with Sharon Isbin, Stanley Jordan and Romero Lubambo at NJPAC’s Victoria Theater.
Nov. 10 at 8 p.m.: Marcus Miller with David Sanborn and Lalah Hathaway at NJPAC’s Prudential Hall.
Nov. 10 at 3 p.m.: “Look for the Silver Lining: A Tribute to Jerome Kern” with Daryl Sherman at NJPAC’s Parsonnet Room.
Nov. 11 at 3 p.m.: Jazz Vinyl Revisited: Joni Mitchell’s Mingus and Terri Lyne Carrington’s Money Jungle, with Carrington, Jo Lawry, Kate McGarry and Luciana Souza at NJPAC’s Victoria Theater.

The Exit 0 Jazz Festival, now in its seventh year, has put together its most impressive lineup yet, with 27 acts playing about 70 sets at theaters, bars and restaurants throughout Cape May, Nov. 9-11. Marcus Miller and Dianne Reeves will co-headline with concerts at the Schmidtchen Theater at Lower Cape May Regional High School, Nov. 9 and 10, respectively, and a pre-festival concert, featuring Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, will take place at Cape May Convention Hall, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. Other performers will include Stefon Harris, Kurt Elling, Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra (conducted by Carla Bley), the Bob James Trio and the Terell Stafford Quintet. For the schedule and videos of all participating artists, click here.

John Fogerty will perform at BergenPAC’s Fall Gala, Nov. 8.

Legendary rocker John Fogerty will headline the annual Fall Gala at BergenPAC in Englewood, Nov. 8. He’ll perform at 8 p.m., after a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception at 6 p.m. For VIP tickets, visit The former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman’s last studio album was Wrote a Song for Everyone, in 2013. The Blues and Bayous Tour, which teamed him with ZZ Top, came to the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City and the BB&T Pavilion in Camden this summer.

David Sancious, a Monmouth County native and an original E Street Band member, has scheduled a rare Asbury Park concert. It will take place Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at The Saint, and also feature drummer Will Calhoun (best known as a member of Living Colour). Other dates on Sancious and Calhoun’s Open Secret Tour will include The Iridium in New York, Nov. 11 at 8:30 p.m. Sancious, 64, played keyboards on Springsteen’s first two albums as well as on the title track of Born to Run. He left the E Street Band in 1974 to form his own jazz-fusion band, Tone, and subsequently worked with Peter Gabriel, Sting, Eric Clapton, Stanley Clarke, Jon Anderson (of Yes) and many others.

Three master musicians with an experimental streak and a disregard for the customary boundaries of genre convention — banjo player Béla Fleck, tabla player Zakir Hussain and bassist Edgar Meyer — are touring together, and will be at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Thirty years after he died, Roy Orbison is on tour this fall — in the form of a hologram. “In Dreams: Roy Orbison in Concert – The Hologram Tour” comes to the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Live musicians will back the hologram on the tour, which has been approved by Orbison’s estate.

Steve Forbert — who celebrates the 40th anniversary of his debut album, Alive on Arrival, this year — will perform at the Golden Nugget Saloon at Wild West City in Byram Township, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. Jesse Bardwell (formerly of the Quimby Mountain Band) will open the show, and also accompany Forbert, whose recent project include a book, “Big City Cat: My Life in Folk Rock,” as well as an album, The Magic Tree.

Singer-songwriter Johnny Irion — who some may know through his touring and recording with his wife, Sarah Lee Guthrie — will perform with multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone at the Hopewell Theater, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. Sansone has been a member of Wilco since 2004, and also teams up with fellow Wilco member John Stirratt in the side band The Autumn Defense. (For a chance to win two tickets, send an email to by midnight Nov. 8, with the word “Irion” in the subject line.)

An expanded, 50th anniversary version of The Beatles’ The White Album (originally released as The Beatles), featuring an abundance of previously unreleased demos and alternate takes, will be released on Nov. 9. This happens to be the second day of the Nov. 8-11 “The Beatles’ The White Album: An International Symposium” at Monmouth University in West Long Branch. And so the symposium will include a listening party at midnight Nov. 8, with special guests such as Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn and White Album co-producer and keyboardist Chris Thomas, who will make other appearances at the symposium as well. Guests throughout the four days will include former Apple Records manager Ken Mansfield, journalist Rob Sheffield and musicologist Walter Everett.

Also, the symposium will feature a performance by the Beatles-inspired band The Weeklings, who will focus on White Album songs; the premiere of a documentary, “The Beatles in India”; and a walking tour of music-related sites in Asbury Park, led by Jean Mikle and Stan Goldstein. Academic presentations will include “The White Album: The Beatles at Their Peak — or Past It?,” “War, Race, and Music: The Beatles, The White Album, and American Popular Culture in the Revolutionary Sixties” and “Lady Madonna: From First Take to Final Remix.”

Mickey Hart’s acrylic painting, “Seashore.”


Mickey Hart — drummer-percussionist for The Grateful Dead, Dead & Company and other groups — will show his artwork and make appearances at two New Jersey galleries this week He’ll be at the Wentworth Gallery at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Nov. 9 at from 6 to 8 p.m., and the Wentworth Gallery at the Mall at Short Hills, Nov. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. Hart calls his artwork vibrational expressionism. According to his website: “Expressionism is the depiction of emotional experiences through art. Music is the depiction of emotional experiences through vibration and rhythm. The fine art of Mickey Hart, combines the two into art that transforms the vibrations of the universe into a powerful and emotional artistic journey. Hart’s music is more than just vibration, and his art is more than just Expressionism: together they create these unique and thought provoking works of art.”


The Two River Theater in Red Bank presents August Wilson’s “King Hedley II,” with previews starting Nov. 10, the official opening night on Nov. 16, and the last show on Dec. 16. The Tony- and Pulitzer-nominated play is part of Wilson’s celebrated Pittsburgh Cycle, which includes 10 plays exploring different aspects of African-American life in the 20th century (with one taking place in each decade of the century). “King Hedley II” is set in the 1980s.

The Ridgewood Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company will present a new version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Mikado” — set in the present, on the fictional island of Palan, rather than Japan, and retitled “The Island Mikado” — Nov. 10-11 at 2:30 p.m., Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. at Ridgewood United Methodist Church.


Now in its fourth year, the SouthNEXT festival continues to explore the idea of “creative collisions,” with a series of talks and other presentations on a variety of provocative topics touching on the arts, politics, technology and more. The event takes place Nov. 10 from noon to 6 p.m. at The Loft at the South Orange Performing Arts Center, and Nov. 11 from noon to 6 p.m. at McNulty Hall at the Science & Technology Center at Seton Hall University in South Orange.

Story2 founder Carol Barash will give the keynote address, and other offerings on Nov. 10 will include “The Point of Us: Reclaiming the Purpose of Humanity in the Age of Machines”; “Tarab: Musical Ecstasy and Mystical Practice in Morocco”; “Inter-Generational Jeopardy!”; “Managing Arousal in the Era of Fitbit” and “Technology in Music Over the Last 50 Years: Boon or Bane?”

On Nov. 11, the schedule will include “System Overload: Don’t Let Your Tech Rule You,” “Magic, Leadership and Transcendence,” “Privacy vs. Censorship vs. Technology,” “The Merry Metaverse: Communal Well-Being in Immersive Reality,” “Tools of Hope” and “Mindfulness in Our Community: SHU Students and Local Residents Discuss What Comes Next.”

Inspired by the success of the “Hamilton” musical, Anne and Ridley Enslow will talk about Hamilton and perform 18th century music, wearing period dress and playing instruments appropriate to the Colonial era, Nov. 11 at 1 and 2:30 p.m. at the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum in Bedminster.

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