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James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival Announced for New Jersey

Christian McBride to serve as artistic adviser; Sarah Vaughan vocal competition also announced

Christian McBride

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), in Newark, N.J., and N.J.-based radio station WBGO Jazz 88.3FM have announced that they will inaugurate the James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival, in honor of the late saxophonist James Moody. Bassist and composer Christian McBride serves as artistic adviser to the festival, which will take place October 15-21 at the Arts Center and various community-based venues.

The Moody Festival is highlighted by two concerts: For Love of Moody: A Jazz Celebration featuring George Benson, the Manhattan Transfer, David Sanborn and others, and Miles Davis and Gil Evans: Still Ahead, an all-star recreation of the original Gil Evans arrangements of the classic Miles Davis recordings of Porgy and Bess, Sketches of Spain and Miles Ahead, featuring trumpeters Terence Blanchard and Sean Jones and others.

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