By Roger Costa
Newark’s annual Jazz, R&B, dance and Latin Jazz celebration held at NJPAC, 1 Center Street, is back this November with the best tunes from acclaimed, top award-winning artists from the US and overseas. The 11th annual TD James Moody Jazz Festival will host free and ticketed events, kicking off the 2022 season on November 8th with a Free Virtual poetry event, followed by two on-stage shows on November 10th: the powerhouse and vibrant singer Fantasia with special guest Jazzmeia Horn, and the creative force Terence Blanchard along with his E-Collective and Turtle Island Quartet.
Other highlights include the sophisticated, smoothness of the YellowJackets on November 13th, and the much-awaited dance and jazz fusion of Carolyn Dorfman Dance entitled “Jazz Legends and the Power of Now!” on November 16th. Worth of a lot of attention are also the free shows at Clement’s Place reuniting community artists, and NJMEA all-state jazz band and choir formed by students introducing the performers of the future. Other more ambitious options are Pioneer master and Grammy-winner Maria Schneider bringing an experimental Orchestra, and Musical director Christian McBride’s showcase “Represent!” reuniting artists of jazz, community leaders, poetry and hip hop activists for a night of spoken word, music and poetry.
Fans of Latin Jazz won’t be disappointed. The electrifying energy of salsa, Cuban jazz and other Afro-Latin rhythms are embodied with perfect harmony through the collaboration between Cuba’s most famous salsa singer Isaac Delgado and one of Latin Jazz’s most influential multi-instrumentalist Alain Perez. They will join forces on stage on November 18th to perform new hits from their latest project, “Cha Cha Chá: Homenaje a lo tradicional” which granted the pair the Grammy Award last year. INFO: https://www.njpac.org/series/james-moody-jazz-festival/
@Museum of the Moving Image
One of the most influential horror films of all times, ‘Nosferatu” is turning 100 years. The classic of expressionism will be screening at MOMI, 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, Queens, in a special restored print from Friday thru Sunday, with a live piano accompaniment by Makia Matsumura on Sunday, October 30th. The event celebrates the 100th anniversary of F.W. Murnau’s beloved scary romantic tale as part of the museum’s annual series “Silent, Please!” which features several classics in restored prints. MOMI also offers tours through the galleries in Spanish, Workshops for Parents and Children, and special prices to visit their wonderful exhibitions which include the Sesame Street’s muppets of “The Jim Henson Experience”, the character animated figures of “Laika: Life in Stop Motion” and the thrills and gore designs of “Living with the Walking Dead” experience.