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TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival Full Line-Up Announced
(Published: October 25, 2013)

NJPAC and WBGO Jazz88.3 announced today the full lineup for the TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival, the centerpiece of a season's worth of jazz programming at the Arts Center. Newark's rich jazz legacy, built on the genius of hometown artists such as Sarah Vaughan and James Moody, features major concerts, free events, WBGO's annual Champions of Jazz gala and a free day of swing for the next generation of jazz artists and aficionados. The TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival is named for the revered saxophonist who helped put Newark music-making on a global stage.

Co-presented by NJPAC and WBGO Jazz88.3FM and composed of more than a dozen performances and special events citywide, the festival takes place from Nov. 4-10, opening with a free concert by the Jimmy Heath Quartet at Bethany Baptist Church. Christian McBride of Montclair, a Grammy-winning bassist, bandleader and composer, serves as NJPAC's Jazz Advisor, guiding programming for more than 20 NJPAC jazz events this season, including his big band, Al Jarreau, Dianne Reeves, Sérgio Mendes, Joe Lovano, Gerald Albright, Jimmy Heath, Esperanza Spalding, Geri Allen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bernie Williams, Vince Giordano and Barry Harris, among many others.

Throughout the day on Saturday, Nov. 9, NJPAC's Center for Arts Education hosts a free all-day Day of Swing - a family event where jazz aficionados of all ages are invited to participate in an exciting and fun-filled day of exploration and learning. Children and families will learn how to listen to jazz, sing the blues, improvise and distinguish what makes Latin Jazz Latin.

here will be a master class with Christian McBride and R&B singer and songwriter Jeffrey Osborne and Swing Along with Bucky Pizzarelli, a conversation-performance with the legendary jazz guitarist. Kids will have the chance to participate in a spoken word "jazz slam," showcasing their own work. Children ages 2 and up will enjoy an early entry into creative music-making with classes in "little-bopping," while older kids can participate in Jazz House Kids' Let's Build a Jazz House Workshop, and aspiring jazz musicians will delve into workshops for moderate to advanced improvisation, ensemble playing, developing one's own voices as a musician, and jazz during the Civil Rights era. The Newark Museum will also screen the award-winning documentary "The Girls in the Band."

A pair of concerts in NJPAC's Prudential Hall are the heart and soul of the weeklong celebration. Jazz Meets Samba on Friday, Nov. 8 puts Brazilian bandleader Sérgio Mendes in the spotlight, along with all-star guests joining him: Joe Lovano, Marivaldo Dos Santos, Lee Ritenour and Eliane Elias. On Saturday, Nov. 9, McBride gathers guest artists for Sing, Swing, Sing!, a tribute to vocalists of the swing era, with the Christian McBride Big Band featuring a the top jazz vocalists around, including three-time Grammy Award-winner Dianne Reeves; seven-time Grammy Award-winner Al Jarreau; versatile, fast-rising songstress Cyrille Aimée, winner of NJPAC's inaugural Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition; and Montclair vocalist Melissa Walker. Rounding out the bill are jazz marvels Jeffrey Osborne and Gerald Albright.

Free programs in and around Newark, including events at the Newark Museum, WBGO Jazz 88.3, Gateway Center, Bethany Baptist Church and area jazz clubs Shanghai Jazz, Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant, and the New Brunswick Jazz project, will complement the festival's lineup.

The TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival's title sponsor is TD Bank - America's Most Convenient Bank. It is sponsored, in part, by The Prudential Foundation, The PSEG Foundation, Audible.com, JAZZ ROOTS and Jazz Education Network (JEN). This performance is also made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and by Discover Jersey Arts.

The music and memories of last year's Moody Festival are chronicled in a free display of large-format photographs and colorful murals by Tony Graves and George Wirt in WBGO's lobby, 54 Park Place, Newark. The exhibit is open through Dec. 31 during business hours.

NJPAC has partnered with New Jersey jazz clubs Shanghai Jazz in Madison (shanghaijazz.com), Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant in Montclair (trumpetsjazz.com), The Priory, Bethany Baptist Church Jazz Vespers in Newark (bethany-newark.org/jazz-vespers.html) and the New Brunswick Jazz Project (nbjp.org) to kick off the festival around the area the weekend before it opens.

On Nov. 1, New Brunswick Groove Fusion will play at The New Brunswick Jazz Project, Nicki Denner brings her trio to Shanghai Jazz for Shades of Buena Vista Social Club, the Kate Baker Quartet featuring Vic Juris takes the stage at Trumpets and Jan Carden will play at The Priory. On Nov. 2, Victor Jones Orchestrio headlines a WBGO Kids Jazz Series performance at Clinton Elementary School, cellist Akua Dixon performs at Bethany Baptist Church Jazz Vesper Series, multi-GRAMMY-winning pianist Helio Alves and his trio perform at Shanghai Jazz, and Mel Davis & Friends perform at Trumpets. On Nov. 3, vocalist Alison Kurtz and guitarist Arturo Trio will perform at Shanghai Jazz as well.

More Information: http://njpac.org/moody

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