TD James Moody Jazz Festival Coming This November

September 21, 2017

The sixth annual TD James Moody Jazz Festival will take place from November 4 to 12 the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. 

The Manhattan Transfer will kick off the festival on November 4, and on November 5th, tabla master Zakir Hussain and bassist-composer Dave Holland will collaborate for Crosscurrents, a special performance melding that combines the music of India with American jazz. Other highlights of the festival include performances from Chris Botti,  John McLaughlin and Jimmy Herring, Grupo Niche, and Willy Chirino.

The festival ends with Ella and Dizzy: The Centennial Celebration, a celebration of Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie’s 100th birthdays that features Gregory Porter, Lizz Wright, Regina Carter, Valerie Simpson, Randy Brecker, Sean Jones, and the Christian McBride Big Band.

In addition, The Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition will return on November 12, offering singers the chance to win the “Sassy Award,” and Dorthann’s Place, NJPAC’s popular Sunday jazz and brunch combo held in NICO Kitchen + Bar, also begins its season with jazz baritone Kevin Mahogany on November 12.

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