The second annual TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival, scheduled for Nov. 4-10, will offer seven days of concerts, panel discussions and workshops around Newark, N.J., in honor of saxophonist and bebop pioneer James Moody.
The festival kicks off on November 4 at 7 p.m. with a concert by tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath and his quartet at Bethany Baptist Church.
The rest of the schedule is as follows:
Nov 5 at 7 p.m.
A Celebration of Amiri Baraka’s “Blues People” at 50
Free event celebrating Blues People, the highly influential exploration of African-American music by Newark author and activist Amiri Baraka.
Nov 6 at 12:00 p.m.
The Dave Stryker Organ Trio
Free event with guitarist Dave Stryker
Nov 6 at 6:00 p.m.
WBGO Champions of Jazz Gala
The Champions of Jazz Gala will allow WBGO radio to continue its mission to ensure the future of this art form for generations to come.
Nov 7 at 7:30 p.m.
A Good Place: Celebrating Lorraine Gordon
A one-night-only musical tribute to a woman who’s spent her entire life at the vanguard of jazz.
Nov 8 at 8 p.m.
Jazz Meets Samba
An evening of hot samba, smooth bossa nova and more of the very best Latin jazz with Brazilian music legend Sérgio Mendes and his special guests.
Nov 9 at 10 a.m.
Day of Swing
A free Day of Swing in partnership with Jazz House Kids.
Nov 9 at 2 p.m.
Portrait of Duke
Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks strike up a big-band salute to the genius of Duke Ellington.
Nov 9 at 8pm
Sing, Swing, Sing!
Dianne Reeves, Al Jarreau, Jeffrey Osborne, Gerald Albright and Cyrille Aimée join the Christian McBride Big Band with vocalist Melissa Walker.
Nov 10 at 11a.m. and 1 p.m.
Dorthaan’s Place: The Paquito D’Rivera Quartet
Grammy winner Paquito D’Rivera and his quartet bring a set of jazz and Latin rhythms to the intimate setting of NICO Kitchen + Bar.
Nov 10 at 3 p.m.
International Jazz Vocal Competition
NJPAC’s second annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition.
The NJPAC box office is open Tuesday-Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. The box office is closed on Mondays. Phone calls to 1-888-GO-NJPAC (466-5722) for single-performance ticket orders are answered seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.