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The 10th annual TD James Moody Jazz Festival presents dozens of free and ticketed events, including the incomparable Chaka Khan, the powerhouse vocalist Dianne Reeves with supergroup Artemis, NJPAC’s talented jazz advisor Christian McBride’s ambitious project The Movement Revisited.

Experience the brilliance of trumpeter Chris Botti, and the piano stylings of Cyrus Chestnut over brunch at Dorthaan’s Place, or discover the jazz stars of tomorrow at the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition.

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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. 

TD James Moody Jazz Festival

Sponsored by The Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers