Steve Martin & Martin Short with Steep Canyon Rangers & Jeff Bas

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Back by popular demand! These big-screen funnymen and SNL co-stars reunite for an unforgettable evening that includes stand-up, film clips, musical numbers and more! For this special performance, Martin and Short will present new material in a variety of musical sketches and will share stories about their legendary lives on television, on the big screen, and in the world of stand-up. These comedy legends will be joined on stage by the GRAMMY Award-winning bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers, and renowned jazz pianist and Jimmy Kimmel Live band member Jeff Babko. Expect nonstop laughs as Martin and Short share details about their creative influences and some of their most memorable showbiz encounters, uniquely presented via song, banter – and banjo playing. “These two amigos have established that banjo runs and blunt one-liners go together just fine,” says Billboard.

Friday, November 16th at NJPAC

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Trevor Noah at NJ PAC

26992447_10155294767724632_8584472510169818649_nFriday, September 7th at 7 PM

Trevor Noah, the host of Comedy Central’s Emmy-winning Daily Show, returns by popular demand with an evening of hilarious stand-up! Trevor Noah was already the most successful comedian in Africa when he was introduced to U.S. audiences in 2014, as the successor to host Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s Daily Show. Since then, Noah has become one of the world’s brightest comic masterminds, thanks in part to his Comedy Central special, Trevor Noah: Lost in Translation. In that show as well as his current material, Noah brings a unique global perspective to American culture and politics, with results that are as thoughtful as they are riotously funny.

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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.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 2017

alvin-ailey-american-dance-theaters-yannick-lebrun-718x370-5878156b6aElegant, electrifying and marvelously athletic, this always dazzling company returns with programs that include some of its newest works as well as classics like Revelations, Alvin Ailey’s undisputed masterpiece – right here at NJ PAC.

Now more than ever, we need the power of dance to bring us all together, connected by our common humanity. Engage your emotions as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns with premieres that touch on timely topics and beloved works such as Revelations, which fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.

America’s premier modern dance company is known for its vibrant fusion of modern dance, ballet and more. The company grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at New York City’s 92nd Street Y. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance.

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An Evening with Bill Maher

2017-02-24_11-19-47Spend an uproarious, provocative evening of Real Time with Emmy-winning comedian, author and political commentator Bill Maher.

NJPAC, Sunday, June 25th at 7:30

For well over two decades now, Bill Maher has masterfully combined stand-up comedy with political provocation, and helped to extend the boundaries of where funny, relevant talk can go on American television. First on Comedy Central’s Politically Incorrect and for the last 12 years on HBO’s Real Time, Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have earned him a whopping 38 Emmy Award nominations.

Maher began his career as a stand-up comedian back in in 1979. Since then, he has earned acclaim for his 10 stand-up specials on HBO, and continues to perform at least 50 sold-out dates a year in Las Vegas and on stages across the country. Maher’s career path has also taken him to Broadway (the one-man Victory Begins at Home), the big screen (with the hit 2008 documentary, Religulous), and the best-seller list.

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Aretha Franklin Comes to NJ PAC!

via NJ PAC – Known around the world by her first name and as die reigning “Queen of Soul,” 19-time Grammy winner Aretha Franklin (“Respect,” “Chain of Fools”) is one of the most influential and important voices in the history of American music.

 Only N.J. performance. Saturday, March 14th at New Jersey Performing Arts Center beginning at 8 PM

In 2009, Franklin was named the “No. 1 Vocalist of All Time” by Rolling Stone magazine for her repertoire, which spans pop, soul, jazz, rock, blues and gospel and includes hits like “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “I Say a Little Prayer.” With her ever-distinctive, soulful, to-the-bone vocal style, she has graced music charts for over five decades and her live performances have touched the hearts of tens of millions since she began her musical journey in Detroit as a singing child prodigy.

Franklin has earned countless accolades and global recognition. She is the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Kennedy Center Honors, 14 honorary doctorate degrees, and was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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