TONIGHT! An Evening with Lenny Kravitz hosted by Questlove

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Tonight (9/18) at NJPAC starting at 8 PM

Celebrating the release of his latest album, Raise Vibration, the GRAMMY® Museum Experienc(TM) Prudential Center in association with NJPAC, will welcome four-time GRAMMY winner Lenny Kravitz to NJPAC’s Victoria Theater. Moderated by five-time GRAMMY winner Questlove, a musical force all his own, Kravitz will discuss the creation of, and inspiration behind his latest work. Regarded as one of the preeminent rock musicians of our time, Kravitz has transcended genre, style, race and class over the course of a 20-year musical career. Reveling in the soul, rock and funk influences of the ’60s and ’70s, the writer, producer and multi-instrumentalist has won four consecutive GRAMMY Awards, as well as set a record for the most wins in the Best Male Rock Vocal Performance category.

Jazz in the Garden: Mark Gross

36831865_10157242786674460_3323915434217963520_nThursday, July 12th 12:15 – 1:45 in the Garden at the Newark Museum

The Newark Museum is kicking off the new season of its Jazz in the Garden lunchtime concert season with a performance by Mark Gross. Attendees are welcome to bring lunch or purchase it onsite. Admission is free for Museum Members and Newark residents; $5 for non-members. Performance will be held indoors in the event of inclement weather.

Baltimore-born jazz alto saxophonist Gross, who comes from the hard bop tradition, has been compared to Cannonball Adderley and credits his prolific sound to the rich appreciation for Gospel music that resounded through his parents’ home. Gross has recorded on over forty notable jazz recordings, including the two Grammy winning Dave Holland Big Bands-What Goes Around (ECM) and Overtime (Dare 2 Records). He will be performing music from his third and newest release,

Additional performances in the series are as follows:

* Thursday, July 19 — Marc Cary

* Thursday, July 26 — Bobby Sanabria

* Thursday, August 2 — Carla Cook

Support provided by Whole Foods.

FREE: Bethany Jazz Vespers: Jazzmeia Horn

jazzmeia-horn-300x230-319a051a03Saturday, January 6th at 6 PM.  Bethany Baptist Church – 275 W Market St, Newark, NJ

Meet the future of jazz when the Bethany Jazz Vespers series presents this intimate, free concert starring rising star Jazzmeia Horn, a recent winner of both the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition and NJPAC’s own Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition.

With a musical confidence far beyond her years, this Texas-born singer has been influenced by a range of jazz legends (from Sarah Vaughan to Rachelle Ferrell), and has formed a distinctive, delectable repertoire that combines classic jazz with modern flavors drawn from gospel and neo-soul. On her recently released debut album, A Social Call, Horn offers a fresh take on evergreen standards (“I Remember You,” “East of the Sun”), hard-bop anthems (“Afro-Blue”), spiritual songs (“Wade in the Water,”), R&B nuggets (“People Make the World Go ‘Round”), and much, much more.

“Jazzmeia Horn is a singer who stands apart from many of her peers because she takes on every song she sings so naturally,” says London Jazz News. “Every word, gesture and ornament becomes an expression of her total conviction … she completely comes alive in the moment.” DownBeat says that Horn possesses “both astounding technique and an acute artistic vision. She has a thrilling presence, with a musical sensibility that strikes a deft balance between mid-century jazz and contemporary neo-soul.”

This free event is presented by Bethany Jazz Vespers and NJPAC.

FREE Outdoor Concert

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Tuesday, July 25th, check out the Oscar Noriega Trio at the Montclair Public Library Plaza.

Named Downbeat’s 2017 Rising Star on Clarinet, multi-instrumentalist and composer Oscar Noriega has performed with jazz giants such as Lee Konitz, Anthony Braxton, Dewey Redman and Paul Motian. Beyond his own projects—including Trio Hornitos and Banda de los Muertos, in which he plays drums–Noriega is a member of the renowned avant-jazz groups Endangered Blood and Tim Berne’s Snakeoil.
Bassist Trevor Dunn rose to fame as a member of the experimental rock band Mr. Bungle, and his impressive list of credits includes Fantômas and Tomahawk, heavy- metal heroes The Melvins, and more than 20 recordings with John Zorn.
Seed Artists founder Pheeroan akLaff became a major figure in the 1970s jazz avant garde, and has played with masters from Cecil Taylor, Sam Rivers and Andrew Hill to Pulitzer nominee Wadada Leo Smith and fellow Montclairians Oliver Lake and Andrew Cyrille. He has also led a Double Duo ensemble with saxophonists Ravi Coltrane and Mixashawn, and leads percussion workshops around the world, and is a longtime instructor at Wesleyan University.

Free Concert

branch_brook_park_newarkOn Friday, June 30th, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will be giving a FREE concert at Essex County Branch Brook Park in Newark. The concert starts at 7:30 pm.

Fireworks follow the concert

This event is presented by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and the County of Essex and is part of the 2017 Essex County Free Summer Music Concert Series.

For further information, click here.

Newark 2017 Latin Festival Will Include Jerry Rivera, Tito El Bambino

jerry_rivera-1497362744-7823The city of Newark will hold its 3rd annual Latin Festival from noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 6, on Bloomfield Avenue between Lake Street and Clifton Avenue in Newark’s North Ward.

According to a city news release, Grammy Award and Latin Grammy Award-nominated salsa singer Jerry Rivera, also known as “Cara de Niño,” and Reggaeton star, singer and song writer Tito El Bambino will headline the day’s live musical performances.09

The festival will celebrate Latino arts and culture with a wide array of family-oriented activities, including live music and entertainment, arts and crafts, and other activities for children of all ages, officials stated.

In addition to the festival’s recreational activities, free health screenings will be offered to attendees.

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NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK: THE TOTAL PACKAGE TOUR

2017-06-12_13-15-46New Kids on the Block: The Total Package Tour with special guests Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul

New Kids on the Block and superstar special guests Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul bring The Total Package Tour to Prudential Center Sunday, July 2.  With a combined 200 million records sold worldwide, NKOTB, Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men are primed to have the biggest party of the summer with The Total Package Tour.  Known for delivering Blockheads with one-night-only experiences and legendary collaborative events, NKOTB will return to the stage after 2016’s touring hiatus, bringing with them number one hits like “Hangin Tough,” “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever),” and “Step By Step”.

Paula Abdul makes her momentous return to the stage for a hit-fueled set that includes an incredible seven number-one hit singles, while Package Tour alums Boyz II Men will deliver their trademark, multiplatinum-selling sound to fans nationwide.