Posted on 5/9/2012at 9:39 AM
Three-time Grammy Award winning bassist and composer Christian McBride serves as Artistic Adviser to the Festival, which will take place October 15-21, 2012 at NJPAC and various community-based venues.
The first in a series of major new programming initiatives to be unveiled by NJPAC for its 2012-2013 season, the Moody Festival is highlighted by two star-studded concerts: For Love of Moody - A Jazz Celebration, featuring jazz icons George Benson, The Manhattan Transfer, David Sanborn, and more; and Miles Davis and Gil Evans: Still Ahead, an all-star recreation of the landmark original Gil Evans arrangements of the classic Miles Davis recordings of Porgy and Bess, Sketches of Spain, and Miles Ahead, featuring trumpeter Terence Blanchard, bassist Christian McBride, drummer Peter Erskine, tuba master Howard Johnson (who performed live with both Davis and Evans), trumpeter Sean Jones, drummer Jimmy Cobb, and a jazz orchestra under the direction of Vince Mendoza. The James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival is sponsored, in part, by The Prudential Foundation and

In addition to the headliner concerts, the Festival will also feature the inauguration of The Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, and the world premiere of a new jazz musical for children, Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans, based on the much beloved books by best-selling author Mary Pope Osborne.

Additional community events in and around Newark, as well as complete details on The Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, will be announced in May when NJPAC unveils its full 2012-2013 season. To date, community partnerships include a WBGO Kids Jazz Concert at the Newark Museum, the 10th anniversary Gala for Jazz House Kids in NJPAC’s Victoria Theater, and other events at Bethany Baptist Church, the Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies, and WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM, as well as an all-star jazz brunch at NJPAC’s new destination restaurant, NICO Kitchen + Bar. The jazz brunch jam session will kick off a new monthly series at NJPAC, Dorthaan’s Place, named after and curated by Newark’s First Lady of Jazz, Dorthaan Kirk, Program Coordinator at WBGO.

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