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Get jazzed up at this special event, featuring a collective of New Jersey's most promising young jazz musicians and vocalists.
Virtuoso violinists Kev Marcus and Wil B are Black Violin – dynamic, classically trained musicians on a mission to prove that classical music can be cool. Their electrifying style mines the synergy of classical, jazz, blues, R&B and hip-hop. Whether you lean toward Bach or Beyoncé, Black Violin's innovative style is sure to entrall – and rock the house to its core. The talented teen musicians of the Brick City Jazz Orchestra – NJPAC's "Ambassadors of Jazz" – open the free concert with some special accompaniment by Black Violin.
Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, featuring guitarist Vernon Reid of Living Colour and conductor Greg Tate, performs sets in tribute to James Brown and Steely Dan in an exciting mix of musical tradition and cutting-edge technology.
In a free performance as part of NJPAC's Sounds of the City outdoor concert series, the group freely juggles a wide swath of the experimental soul-jazz-hip-hop spectrum. This accomplished crew has playing credits with Toshi Reagon, DJ Logic, Phish and others.
Trumpeter and composer Chris Botti ("Emmanuel," "When I Fall in Love") has established himself as one of the leading innovators of the contemporary music and jazz worlds.
NJPAC's new Brick City Jazz Orchestra, a collective of the most gifted high school jazz musicians in Greater Newark, kicks off the TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival.
Bandleader and pianist Eddie Palmieri, last year's recipient of the Latin Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award, returns with his Salsa Orchestra to NJPAC's Sounds of the City outdoor concert series. Admission is free. Palmieri is known for his bold, innovative drive in a career that spans more than 50 years as the leader of salsa and Latin jazz orchestras. The winner of nine Grammy Awards, he was declared a 2013 Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts. Chembo Corniel Trio opens.
With a six-decade career and 200-plus albums, including his latest, Band of Brothers, Willie Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and continues to forge paths as an author, actor and activist. One of Nashville's longest reigning singer-songwriters and seven-time Grammy winner, he is the creative force behind timeless songs like "Crazy," "On the Road Again," "Always On My Mind," "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys," and dozens of other jukebox favorites.
Grammy, Stellar and Dove Award-winning gospel greats Fred Hammond ("Blessed") and Donnie McClurkin ("We Fall Down") unite on stage for the Festival of Praise Tour 2014, an evening of soul-stirring music.
Throughout a 31-year history, the Funky Meters ("Fiyo on the Bayou") have grooved their way around the globe as the founding fathers of funk. Originally featuring brothers Art and Cyril Neville, the New Orleans band has performed with the Rolling Stones, Dr. John and Paul McCartney. The regrouped Meters retain their trademark sound, blending funk, blues and dance grooves with a Big Easy vibe. High and Mighty Brass Band! opens the free concert.
A giant in the symphonic musical tradition, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra – Mendelssohn's orchestra – presents an all-Mendelssohn program under the baton of the dynamic Riccardo Chailly, La Scala's next Music Director.
Jazz meets soul in an electrifying lineup of Grammy winners Fantasia and Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire and one of today's hottest jazz vocalists – José James – along with the Christian McBride Big Band and singer Jazzmeia Horn.
Six-time Grammy nominee Tierney Sutton joins radio host Jonathan Schwartz for a concert and conversation in the intimate Victoria Theater. The performance, which takes place before a live audience, will be taped for future broadcast on The Jonathan Channel and WNYC 93.9FM.
The hard-rocking, Grammy Award winning Living Colour performs greatest hits ("Cult of Personality," "Glamour Boys") at NJPAC's hottest outdoor music series. The band first achieved fame when it was "discovered" by Mick Jagger and toured as the opening act for the Rolling Stones. Formed in the mid-'80s, the group is reunited for this sizzling concert. Danielia Cotton opens.
Be among the first to hear opera stars of the future in a series of Sunday afternoon recitals by gifted performers trained or chosen by the Metropolitan Opera.
Two music legends, together in one megashow! Twenty-time Grammy winner Pat Metheny ("Last Train Home") performs together and in solo sets with multi-Grammy-nominated singer and pianist Bruce Hornsby ("The Way It Is"). Campfire Tour 2014 includes the Pat Metheny Unity Group's music from KIN (←→), their new release, as well as some catalog favorites. Hornsby's hard-driving blend of jazz, classical and bluegrass will feature Sonny Emory on drums.
Red Baraat, a pioneering eight-piece band from Brooklyn, merges hard-driving North Indian bhangra rhythms with elements of jazz, go-go, brass funk and hip-hop. The band's powerful live performance can be experienced at NJPAC's Sounds of the City free outdoor concert series. This party jam, led by founder and percussionist Sunny Jain, includes tracks such as "Halla Bol," a "raise your voice" anthem sung in Hindi, and "Burning Instinct," which plays like a Quentin Tarantino car chase. House of Waters opens.
Sensual singer Michael Franks ("The Lady Wants to Know") and singer-guitarist Raul Midón ("State of Mind") meet onstage in a gentle and witty celebration of romance as part of the TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival.
The dynamic jazz partnership of pianist Steve Colson and singer Iqua Colson is on full display when they jam with their all-star band at the Newark Museum as part of the TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival.
Percussionist Ray Mantilla, a virtuoso who can be heard on more than 200 albums, stands among the most recognized jazz musicians in the international spotlight.