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Agenda Cultural: 6 January, 2023


By Roger Costa


Kick off the New Year with a set of energized jazz performed by some of the world’s most accomplished musicians. The iconic and centennial music venue The Town Hall, 123 43rd Street in Manhattan, will host a great celebration of jazz innovations. Multi-Grammy-winning pianist, composer, and arranger Arturo O’Farrill will lead the stunning 18-piece Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra on Saturday January 14th at 8pm. The spectacle “Dizzy, Chano and Chico- The Original Influencers: 75 Years Later at Town Hall” will pay tribute and revive the legacy of those great jazz pioneers as well as presenting fresh talents. The night’s special guests include Cuban percussionist and singer Pedrito Martinez, jazz legends trumpeter Jon Faddis and saxophonist Big Chief Donald Harrison, and others. Tickets start at $43. INFO:


After enchanting audiences with their gorgeous take on Nutcracker, the amazing State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine returns to the stage of NJPAC, 1 Center Street in Newark, for the much awaited performance of “Sleeping Beauty”. The charming fairytale love story adaptation signed by Tchaikovsky is danced by some exquisite young and veteran dancers, filled with colorful costumes, splendorous sets and uplifting music. It’s a not-to-be-missed fun and inspiring event for the whole family. Sunday, January 15th at 6pm. Tickets $39-$89. INFO:


As part of the annual series The Contenders, which gathers the best films of the year, MoMA, 11 West 53rd Street, will screen the acclaimed Brazilian film “Dry Ground Burning” on Saturday January 14th at 5pm. Directed by Joana Pimenta and Adirley Queirós, it blends fiction and documentary to portrait a gang of female motorcyclists making a revolution to get control of their Sol Nascente Favela in Brasilia. They steal oil from underground pipes and turns it into a profit while protesting the authoritarian government and leaving their radical mark. Tickets $12. INFO:


Pianist/composer Fred Hersch and vocalist/bassist/songwriter esperanza spalding are among the most inventive artists in modern jazz. They have just released a new album with their collaborative work and will be performing at The Village Vanguard, 178 7th Ave S, from January 10tyh thru 15th.  The duo will grace listeners with the show Alive at the Village Vanguard, a rare opportunity to enjoy the singular and thrilling collaboration between two marquee jazz artists at the top of their game. They will also perform a 2-set show at NJPAC in Newark on January 29. Tickets $50. INFO:

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