Sunday, November 10 at 7pm
For this unique, once-in-a-lifetime concert, Grammy winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame blues legend Buddy Guy will be joined by the equally legendary Mavis Staples, the inimitable soul-gospel-R&B powerhouse and civil rights activist.
at New Jersey Performing Arts Center
$49 – $109
At age 83, multiple Grammy Award-winning guitarist, singer and songwriter Buddy Guy – the recipient of the Presidential National Medal of Arts, among many other honors – is still laying down the blues with gusto, both in the recording studio and on tour.
For this performance, presented as part of NJPAC’s TD James Moody Jazz Festival, Buddy Guy will welcome Mavis Staples, the Grammy-winning vocalist who has masterfully balanced gospel and R&B since her early years performing with her family’s famous band, the Staple Singers. Guy’s incredible career has spanned over 50 years, yet he still sounds every bit as vital and youthful as he did back in his early days working with the late Junior Wells. Guy’s latest album, The Blues Is Alive and Well (featuring guest appearances by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, and others) was named “Blues Album of the Year” in the 2019 DownBeat Critics Poll, and Guy himself was named “Blues Artist of the Year.” The Blues Is Alive and Well is Guy’s 18th solo LP and the follow-up to his acclaimed Born to Play Guitar, which earned a 2016 Grammy for “Best Blues Album.” “Buddy Guy stands as one of the last true traditional blues legends of his time,” says Spill Magazine. “Front to back, The Blues Is Alive and Well is a flawless blues album and stands as one of the best records released this year.”
Complete TD James Moody Jazz Festival Schedule
– Bobby Sanabria: Bethany Jazz Vespers (Free)
– Buddy Guy with Special Guest Mavis Staples
– Nimbus Dance and NJSO: Salute to Nina Simone and Nancy Wilson
– Chaka Khan with Special Guest Emmaline
– NJMEA All-State Jazz with Steve Turre
– After Midnight: The Music of the King Cole Trio w/ Clint Holmes, Catherine Russell & Billy Stritch
– Steps Ahead, Michael Franks, and Spyro Gyra
– The Roots with A Christian McBride Situation
– Lee Ritenour with Dave Grusin & Friends
– Christian Sands Presents the Erroll Garner 3 Piano Summit Ft. Helen Sung and Tadataka Unno
– Maurice Hines’ Tappin’ Thru Life with the Diva Jazz Orchestra
– Dorthaan’s Place: Houston Person Quartet
– Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition: The SASSY Awards
For complete TD James Moody Jazz Festival schedule and details, click here
New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, N.J., is America’s most diverse performing arts center, and the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey, where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the state’s and the world’s best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted nearly 10 million visitors (including over 1.6 million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents.
About TD James Moody Jazz Festival
Co-produced by NJPAC and WBGO Jazz 88.3FM, the TD James Moody Jazz Festival was inaugurated in 2012 and named in recognition of the jazz saxophone virtuoso from Newark. NJPAC’s annual celebration of “America’s classical music” is a spree of more than two dozen concerts and related activities – over half of which are free to the community. Guided by Christian McBride, NJPAC’s Jazz Advisor, the festival has presented artists such as The Manhattan Transfer, David Sanborn, Tony Bennett, Wynton Marsalis, Al Jarreau, Dianne Reeves, Sérgio Mendes, Bill Charlap, Esperanza Spalding, Fantasia, Chris Botti, Pat Metheny, and the Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette trio, among many others. TD James Moody Jazz Festival is intrinsic to Newark, a city renowned as the home and creative inspiration for jazz geniuses including Sarah Vaughan and pianist Willie “The Lion” Smith, and institutions such as Savoy Records, the Rutgers-Newark Institute of Jazz Studies and WBGO Jazz 88.3FM. Among the festival’s unique events are concerts and special attractions held off-campus throughout Newark.
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Location and Directions: NJPAC is located at 1 Center Street, Newark, New Jersey; a short walk from the Newark Penn Station stop by Newark-bound PATH Train or Amtrak.
Detailed instructions on approaching the venue by car, by bus, by foot or by rail:
For additional information and up-to-the-minute updates, call 1-888-GO-NJPAC (888-466-5722).