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The 11th annual TD James Moody Jazz Festival presents dozens of free and ticketed events! This year’s program offers events combining jazz luminaries in collaboration with artists known for R&B, poetry, hip hop, and so much more. The powerhouse vocalist Fantasia takes the stage on November 10th with Jazzmeia Horn.  NJPAC’s talented jazz advisor Christian McBride leading a night of jazz, hip hop, and spoken word with Represent! presented as part of NJPAC’s City Verses program.

The festival kick-starts in person on November 10th with two powerhouse concerts: one of today’s most creative forces in the contemporary jazz scene, Terence Blanchard, will be joined by his E-Collective and Turtle Island Quartet for a special tribute to Wayne Shorter.  The spirit of jazz takes center stage with two dance-jazz collaborations: NJPAC dance advisor Savion Glover joins vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater on November 12th and renowned violinist Regina Carter performs with Carolyn Dorfman dance company in a world premiere commissioned by NJPAC.

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The Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition or the Sassy Awards also pays homage to another Newark jazz legend, Sarah Vaughan. On a Wednesday night in 1942, teenager Sarah Vaughan went to the Apollo Theater to compete in an amateur singing contest. Her win helped launch a career that would transform America's original art form and an icon who elevated the craft of jazz vocal music and garnered the respect and adoration of millions. After a year-long search, the finalists of the Sassy Awards will dazzle audiences. 

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