TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival

Newark will be the center of the jazz universe when NJPAC presents the TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival (Nov. 9-16). Now in its third year, this world-class event continues to grow and gain acclaim with each passing year of innovative programming.

“It’s a festival for aficionados, but it’s also a festival for beginners,” says John Schreiber, President and CEO of NJPAC. “We try to engage new audiences and bring them into the spirit and feeling of jazz. This festival is a really good place for people get into the music in a fun way.”

Major concerts in Prudential Hall include trumpeter Chris Botti (Nov. 14) as well as singers Michael Franks with Raul Midón (Nov. 15). There will also be a night called Jazz and Soul (Nov. 13): singers Fantasia, Philip Bailey and Blue Note Records’ rising star José James, backed by the Christian McBride Big Band with vocalist Jazzmeia Horn.

“I’m looking forward to playing with Béla Fleck (Nov. 22), Fantasia, and my friend José James, but I must admit that I’m beyond excited to work with Philip Bailey,” says bassist McBride, who is NJPAC’s Jazz Advisor. “His voice has not only been the sound of Earth, Wind & Fire for 40-plus years, but his voice has also been a major, major part of the soundtrack of my life.”

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