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New Jersey Performing Arts Center Sept-Oct Jazz Line-Up Announced, Sponsored By TD Bank

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Fri. 9.24 @ 8:00 p.m. An Evening with Gregory Porter

Grammy award-winning vocalist Gregory Porter returns! Hot on the heels of his revelatory 2020 album, “All Rise,” he’s helping the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) welcome jazz back with his distinctive bone-deep baritone. If you’ve missed live music, this is one earth-rumbling, bone-shaking performance you absolutely can’t miss. Gregory Porter swings with all the earthy warmth of Nat King Cole, the soulful spirit of Stevie Wonder, and the poet’s truth of Bill Withers. Come experience “one of the most amazing singing voices you’ll hear on planet earth” (The Guardian). Tickets: $53.75-$103.75

Sat. 9.25 @ 8:00 p.m. “Salsa Meets Jazz”
Tito Nieves (vocals)/Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra/Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra

In the best tradition of the venerated “Salsa Meets Jazz,” this all-star lineup features three of the greatest attractions in all of contemporary Afro-Latin music: 10-time Grammy Award-winning, hard-swinging virtuoso pianist Eddie Palmieri and his Salsa Orchestra, Puerto Rico’s celebrated son and “Pavarotti of Salsa” singer Tito Nieves best known for his version of Pete Rodriguez’s 1967 classic “I Like It Like That,” and storied bandleader and keyboardist Arturo O’Farrill (son of legendary Cuban musician Chico O’Farrill and heir to a great musical legacy) and his Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra who are fresh off of a 2021 Grammy win for Best Latin Jazz Album for “Four Questions” (Zoho Music). Tickets: $29-$89

Thurs. 10.14 @ 7:30 p.m. Boney James

It’s smooth. It’s sultry. It’s got just the right amount of swagger. That’s the music of four-time Grammy nominee and multi-platinum saxophonist Boney James. In June 2020, he released his 17th album, “Solid. Solid,” follows his smash 2017 release “Honestly,” which became his 11th #1 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album. Over the years, his soul- and R&B-infused style of jazz has earned Boney James four RIAA gold albums, a Soul Train Award and two NAACP Image Award nominations. Billboard named him one of the Top Three Contemporary Jazz Artists Of The Decade along with Kenny G and Norah Jones. “I love playing live, maybe more than I ever did,” says James. “A lot of guys get tired of the traveling but it’s still a joy for me every time I go out there and play.” Tickets: $59-$99

Fri. 10.15 @ 7:30 p.m. Tierney Sutton & Ann Hampton Callaway – In Technicolor

Jazz queens Tierney Sutton and Ann Hampton Callaway join forces for the first time with a tribute to famous film music. Tierney (“a serious jazz artist who takes the whole enterprise to another level” – The New York Times) and Callaway (“one of the best equipped jazz vocalists swinging today” – Chicago Tribune) will perform solos, duets and exciting new arrangements of songs you’re sure to remember from movies both classic and contemporary including, but not limited to: “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “Let’s Face the Music and Dance,” “Blue Skies,” “As Time Goes By,” and “Windmills of Your Mind.” Tickets: $59-$69

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