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Autumn brings a cornucopia for jazz fans. 

Must-have albums, can’t-miss festivals, sounds both old and new. WBGO has gathered 88 highlights for your enjoyment, with expert commentary. (Pumpkin spice sold separately.)

Alvin AIley
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is celebrating its 60th anniversary season.  This year's NJPAC engagement is May 10-12 and features the New Jersey premiere of the Company's first two-act ballet, Lazarus from inaugural artist-in-residence Rennie Harris.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Artistic Director Robert Battle spoke with WBGO News Director Doug Doyle about the upcoming performances.  Lazarus, inspired by the lifework of Alvin Ailey, will be performed on Friday and Saturday evenings, May 10 and May 11.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and WBGO is celebrating by showcasing some of the talent from local programs.

The George Wein Scholars Ensemble is a crown jewel of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center's Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens program. It's led by alto saxophonist Mark Gross, who also conducts the program's James Moody Jazz Orchestra, and serves as NJPAC's director of jazz instruction.

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The seventh annual TD James Moody Jazz Festival begins this weekend at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and as usual it presents a broad view of the modern jazz mainstream. 

Running from Nov. 3 to 18, the fest takes place almost entirely at NJPAC — though its kickoff event, featuring the Jon Faddis Quartet, is a Jazz Vespers service this Saturday at Bethany Baptist Church. The concluding event, according to tradition, will be the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition.

Bright Moments! Celebrating Dorthaan at 80!

Apr 27, 2018

Celebrating Newark's 'First Lady of Jazz,'  the WBGO News team spoke with WBGO founder Bob Ottenhoff, NJPAC president John Schreiber, and Bethany Baptist Church member Linda Caldwell Epps about Dorthaan Kirk's influence in jazz and the community.

Oliver Street School
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Oliver Street Elementary is among a handful of schools in and around Newark that is performing musicals based on Disney cartoon movies, funded by a 100-thousand dollar Disney grant to NJPAC.

Earlier this week, Oliver Street School Music Teacher Ashley DeWitt was directing students as they prepare for next week’s performance of Aladdin.

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The sixth TD James Moody Jazz Festival runs Nov. 4 through 12 at NJPAC, with more than a dozen concerts across a range of styles.

WBGO is a proud partner of the TD James Moody Jazz Festival at NJPAC in Newark. We are thrilled to present two member events on Sunday, November 12 on the final day of the festival.

Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal CompetitionNJPAC
Sunday, November 12, 3PM
Member Price: $40
Call 973.624.8880 ext 232 for tickets. Supply is limited. 

Join us for a wonderful fall afternoon of Jazz. WBGO Members will enjoy premium seating and a post-show reception.   

Steve Colson
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A collection of stellar artists will gather this Friday night for the spirited premiere of Adegoke Steve Colson's jazz-flavored tribute, commissioned by NJPAC in honor of Newark's 350th anniversary. 

Colson's piece Here Is the Place, Our City is dedicated to two of his closest friends who have passed, beloved historian and Rutgers University-Newark educator Dr. Clement Price and world-renowned poet Amiri Baraka.

The concert at NJPAC's Victoria Theater is set for 8pm on April 7th.

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Leaders of several Fortune 500 companies were at NJPAC to discuss race and ethnicity in the workplace. 

Ethnicity and race can be uncomfortable topics in a workplace setting.  Elena Richards, talent manager with PwC moderated the roundtable discussion.  She says racial insecurity is still very much an issue.

Mike Tyson
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Former Boxing Champion Mike Tyson says he's finally happy. His one-man show "The Undisputed Truth" toured the country in 2013. 

He received a standing ovation at his performance at NJPAC in Newark on April 25, 2013.

In March of that year, Mike Tyson joined host Doug Doyle for this edition of SportsJam.

Click above to hear the entire show.