The top 12 artistic events of the NJ week: TD James Moody Jazz Festival; Kelli O’Hara; Small feat, more


This year TD James Moody Jazz Festival began on November 5 and continues this week at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and other venues in Newark. Concerts and other events include:

• “The Movement Revisited” by Christian McBride, November 11 at 7:30 pm at the Prudential Hall of the NJPAC. The ambitious work of the bassist and composer for orchestra, singers, choirs and orators pays homage to icons of the civil rights movement Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and the Reverend Martin Luther King as well as Barack Obama with spoken word segments which will be read by Sonia Sanchez, Willie Perdomo, John Murillo and Dion Graham. The evening will also include a performance by the revolutionary group Last Poets (Abiodun Oyewole, Umar Bin Hassan and Babadon Babatunde), joined by the mayor of Newark (and published poet) Ras J. Baraka.
• Tony Award-winning actress (for “The Life”) Lillias White’s “Divine Sass” tribute to Sarah Vaughan on November 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Chase Room at NJPAC.
• Trumpeter Chris Botti, November 12 at 8 p.m. at NJPAC’s Prudential Hall.
• The documentary “The WBGO Story: Bright Moments From Newark to the World” on November 13 at 2 pm at Bethany Baptist Church. (The screening is free.)
• Singer Dianne Reeves with the band Artemis (pianist Renee Rosnes, clarinetist / saxophonist Anat Cohen, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, saxophonist Nicole Glover, bassist Noriko Ueda, drummer Allison Miller), November 13 at 8 p.m. at the Prudential Hall of the NJPAC.
• Dorthaan’s Place Jazz Brunch: Cyrus Chestnut, November 14 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the NICO Kitchen + Bar at NJPAC.
• Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, November 14 at 3 p.m. at the Victoria Theater in NJPAC. Christian McBride will host and star with Dianne Reeves. Competitors will include Andrea Miller, April May Webb, Arta Jekabsone, G. Thomas Allen and Vik Gecyte.

Other events are taking place in the state until November 18:



• Kelli O’Hara isn’t just a seven-time Tony candidate; she has been nominated for every Broadway show she has appeared in since 2005, and won in 2015 for “The King and I.” Also a Grammy-nominated artist, she will perform in concert at the McCarter Theater Center in Princeton on November 13 at 8 p.m.

• Small feat will present an “on demand” show – fans can vote for the setlist on – at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown on November 13 at 8 pm. The group currently includes three members who were part of the band when they made classic roots rock albums in the ’70s – keyboardist Bill Payne, percussionist Sam Clayton and bassist Kenny Gradney – as well as guitarists Fred Tackett and Scott Sharrard. , and drummer Tony Leone. Jack Broadbent will open the 8 p.m. show.

• New Jersey Hall of Fame Tommy james and his band The Shondells will headline the fourth annual benefit concert for the homeless, presented by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark, on November 13 at 8 p.m. at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway . Proceeds will be used to support homeless services and programs provided by the organization in Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union counties. James, who grew up in Ohio and Michigan but has lived in New Jersey since the early 1970s, enjoyed a string of notable hits in the 1960s and 1970s including “Hanky ​​Panky,” “Mony Mony, ”“ I Think We ‘re Alone Now, ”“ Crimson and Clover, ”“ Crystal Blue Persuasion ”and“ Draggin’ the Line ”- and remains a dynamic concert artist.

• Richie Furay will present a “Farewell” concert at the Concert Hall at Drew University in Madison on November 14 at 7 pm. A Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (as a member of Buffalo Springfield) who also co-founded the Poco and Souther-Hillman-Furay Band, Furay will be supported by a group of nine musicians and will include, in the show, a tribute to Poco members Paul Cotton and Rusty Young, both deceased this year. He will also be releasing a new song which will be filmed for an upcoming documentary about him. A 5 p.m. meetup with Furay and dinner at Drew’s Mead Hall are available for an additional fee, and there will also be a meet and greet, dinner, rehearsal concert and Q&A on November 13 at 8 p.m. at the Alphawave. Studios in Whippany.


• Arranger, conductor and producer Ryan truesdell, leader of the Gil Evans Project, will feature a tribute to Mile Davis’ flagship 1957 album Birth of cold (co-arranged by Evans), featuring nine musicians playing the original scores, November 14 at 4 p.m. at the Shea Center for Performing Arts at William Paterson University in Wayne. There will also be a meet and greet with the performers (free for ticket holders) at 3:00 p.m. at the Shea Recital Hall.

• Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny presents his Side Eye project, which features a rotating cast of emerging musicians, at the State Theater in New Brunswick on November 12 at 8 p.m. He will be accompanied by keyboardist James Francies and drummer Joe Dyson.

• Pianist Jenny lin will play music by Philip Glass (Mad Rush, Passacaille, Etude n ° 2 and Study n ° 6) as well as pieces by Franz Schubert, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, György Ligeti and JS Bach-F. Busoni, November 14 at 2 p.m. at the Bickford Theater at the Morris Museum in Morris Township.


• As the Nutcracker season approaches, Princeton Ballet School will present “Nutcracker Suite: Scenes from a Holiday Classic” – featuring students from Princeton Ballet School, pre-professional interns and professional dancers from American Repertory Ballet – outdoors at Welkovits Pavilion in Highland Park, November 13 at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.


• Combat Hippies, a Miami-based Puerto Rican military veteran and entertainer ensemble, presents its “Amal” at the Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts at Ramapo College in Mahwah, November 16 at 8 p.m. According to Ramapo’s website, the play “explores the search for meaning, purpose and identity through Rico’s cultural and military history … (and) explores the impact of war on combatants and non-combatants alike. fighters as people of color, and shares Veterans’ experiences of adjusting to life after the war. (see the trailer below)

The cover of “Made in Hollywood: All Access With the Go-Go’s” by Gina Schock.


• Gina Schock, drummer for The Go-Go’s (who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month), will promote her memoir “Made in Hollywood: All Access With the Go-Go’s” with an appearance at Bookends in Ridgewood, November 18 at 6 p.m.

• Poet Paul Muldoon, professor at Princeton University and Pulitzer Prize winner, this year hosted Princeton Poetry Festival, which will take place at the Berlind Theater at the McCarter Theater Center, on November 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. poetry and readings by Dugdale, Polina Barskova, Victoria Chang, Laura Kasischke, Daljit Nagra, Patricia Smith, Reginald Dwayne Betts and Javier Zamora.

• The New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival will take place at Showboat in Atlantic City, November 12-14, with screenings, souvenir vendors, cosplay and appearances from actors including Tom Sizemore, Kimberly J. Brown, Felissa Rose, Alex Vincent, Mark Metcalf and John O’Hurley; musicians Lita Ford and Richie Ramone; comedian Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling; and others.


“No nuclear” film and CD, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

“Dear Jack, dear Louise,” presented by George Street Playhouse at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center. (Until November 21.)

“What doesn’t kill you” at the NJ Repertory Company, Long Branch. (Until November 21)

“Color riot! How color changed Navajo textiles » at the Montclair Art Museum. (Until January 2)

“Doug Herren: Shapes-colors / Ceramic structures” at the Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton. (Until January 9)

“In and Out of the Street: Urban Art from New Jersey” at the Morris Museum, Morris Township. (Until February 27)

“Bruce Springsteen Live! “ at the Grammy Museum Experience Prudential Center, Newark. (until March 20)

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