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NJPAC Gala! Jazz All-Stars To Celebrate Lena, Billie And Sarah

NJPAC Gala! Jazz All-Stars To Celebrate Lena, Billie And Sarah

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New York, NY (Top40 Charts) NJPAC GALA! Jazz All-Stars to Celebrate Lena, Billie And SarahNew Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents Celebrating the Music of Lena, Billie and Sarah, an all-star gathering of performance by music greats Cyrille Aimée, Raul Midón, Alice Smith, Bernie Williams with additional special guests to be announced.

See the country's biggest names in jazz, appearing under the direction of the multi-GRAMMY winner Christian McBride, NJPAC's Jazz Advisor. From "Stormy Weather" and "Strange Fruit" to "Summertime" and "Misty," expect exciting and original renditions of numbers that will be forever associated with the voices of three legends known simply as Lena, Billie and Sarah.

A past winner of the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition at NJPAC, Cyrille Aimée was a finalist in the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition. Her talents recently caught the attention of Stephen Sondheim, who cast her in a special Encore presentation at City Center.

GRAMMY-nominated singer, songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón "plays with such freedom and joy that his hands smile," writes the Huffington Post. His 2016 rendering of John Coltrane's classic "Giant Steps" - which sees him fly through all 12 keys - has earned more than 1.2 million views via Facebook.

Alice Smith ("Fool for You," "I Put a Spell on You") is a passionate singer-songwriter who has an unshakable sense of self and the attitude to match. She was raised on a steady diet of gospel, pop, soul and go-go. Her sophomore album, She, is an intoxicating mixture of rock, pop and R&B.

Retired New York Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams, a four-time World Series Champion and five-time All Star, never gave up his passion for the guitar. His critically acclaimed debut album, 2003's The Journey Within, featured fusions of jazz, rock and the tropical rhythms of his Puerto Rican heritage. He is a Latin GRAMMY nominee.

Performance only tickets are just $50.00 and can be reserved starting Friday, August 3rd at 10 a.m. by visiting www.njpac.org or by calling 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722.)

For full Gala tickets and sponsorship, contact Sarah Rosen at srosen@njpac.org or call 973.297.5806 or wanjpac.org. Full Gala tickets include the performance as well as a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing and a dessert extravaganza.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, N.J., has the most diverse programming and audience of any performing arts center in the country, and is 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 more than 8 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.






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