The TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival wrapped up another successful year at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark, N.J. The festival is named after saxophonist, flutist and singer James Moody (1925-2010), who grew up in Newark and became a revered jazz artist. “Moody was talented, generous and warm-hearted,” says NJPAC President and CEO John Schreiber, a lifelong jazz fan. “That’s the spirit we want to celebrate in naming the festival after him.”
The second annual festival was held from November 4th through the 10th and featured seven days of concerts, panel discussions and workshops in and around Newark, including an opening night performance by jazz tenor saxophonist Jimmy “Little Bird” Heath. The culminating weekend sported a stellar lineup with such powerhouse artists as bassist Christian McBride, pianists Eliane Elias and Barry Harris, and singers Dianne Reeves and Al Jarreau.