HW Pick: The 5th Annual TD James Moody Jazz Festival At NJPAC

james-moody2

Check out the great lineup of shows for The 5th Annual TD James Moody Jazz Festival with a lineup featuring Omara Portuondo, Wynton Marsalis, Catherine Russell, Angelique Kidjo, Talib Kweli, The Brubeck Brothers Band, Dave Grusin, David Sanborn, Christian McBride, Sharon Jones, Bettye LaVette, Lee Fields, Dianne Reeves and many, many more!

Here’s some of the high points of the lineup with links to individual shows; you can also find the original press release, with additional show info, here. Please note that while we do have an outlying show on October 15 with Omara Portuondo, the majority of the series starts in earnest on November 1 and runs through November 20:

Saturday, October 15 at 8:00 pm at Prudential Hall
Buena Vista Social Club Presents Omara Portuondo Featuring Omara Portuondo, Roberto Fonseca, Regina Carter, Anat Cohen
The legendary Cuban singer celebrates her 85th anniversary in a rare concert tour with pianist Roberto Fonseca, clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen and violinist Regina Carter!
Tuesday, November 1 at 7:30 pm at Prudential Hall
Jazz in the Key of Ellison Featuring Wynton Marsalis, Catherine Russell, Talib Kweli, Angelique Kidjo, Patti Austin, Joe Morton, Andy Farber & His Orchestra
An evening of great entertainment is in store when renowned instrumentalists, singers and speakers gather to salute the great American novelist Ralph Ellison’s writings and passion for jazz.
Sunday November 6 at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm at The Chase Room
The Brubeck Songbook Featuring The Brubeck Brothers Band, Hilary Kole, Michael Borne
Musicians Chris and Dan Brubeck, sons of jazz giant Dave Brubeck, head a versatile band in concert with the celebrated Manhattan singer-pianist Hilary Kole and host Michael Bourne of WBGO Jazz88.3.
Sunday, November 13 at 3:00 pm at The Chase Room
Cole Porter from A to Z: Celebrating 125 Years Featuring Judy Kaye, Robert Kimball
Two-time Tony winner Judy Kaye sings all the great Cole Porter numbers (“Love For Sale,” “Let’s Do It,” “Begin the Beguine”) in a 125th anniversary salute hosted by Porter biographer Robert Kimball.
Wednesday, November 16 at 7:30 pm at Prudential Hall
FELA! The Concert: An Afro Beat Party
Full of energy and constant motion, FELA! The Concert radiates joy. Don’t miss this celebration of Afrobeat founding father Fela Kuti, featuring a 10-piece Afrobeat band and cast members of the original Tony-winning Broadway show!
Thursday, November 17 at 8:00 pm at Prudential Hall
GRP Jazz Revisited: Honoring Larry Rosen Featuring Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, David Sanborn, Phil Perry, The Yellowjackets
Many of the greatest artists of the jazz label GRP Records reunite to present, individually and collectively, music from the studio’s heyday: Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, Phil Perry, David Sanborn, and The Yellowjackets.
Friday, November 18 at 8:00 pm at Prudential Hall
Get On Up: A James Brown Celebration Featuring Christia n McBride, Sharon Jones, Bettye LaVette, Lee Fields, Ryan Shaw, Terrace Martin, Pee Wee Ellis, Danny “The Cape Man” Ray, Robert “Mousey” Thompson, Fred Wesley
Bassist Christian McBride, a passionate James Brown expert, presides over an all-star cast of artists to pay tribute to the Godfather of Soul.
Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 pm in The Victoria Theater
Sarah Vaughan Celebration Featuring Christia n McBride, Dianne Reeves, Lisa Fischer, Sheila Jordan
The Christian McBride Trio and special guests Dianne Reeves, Lisa Fischer and Sheila Jordan celebrate the legacy of Newark’s “Divine One” in an all-star jazz concert highlighted by rare film clips.
Sunday, November 20 at 3:00 pm in The Victoria Theater
The Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition
Following an intensive search, NJPAC and WBGO host the five finalists in the fifth annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, founded in honor of Newark’s “divine” jazz icon.

There’s also a host of additional free events including performances from Brandee Younger, The Antonio Hart Quartet, Winard Harper & Jeli Posse and quite a few more.

The complete lineup is available at http://www.njpac.org/buy -tickets/moodyjazz