SOPAC turns into a jazz club with 13 upcoming jazz and blues shows




The 2021-2022 season of the South Orange Performing Arts Center features thirteen jazz and rhythm and blues shows. The lineup includes Grammy Award winners Lisa Fischer, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Bill Charlap, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Terri Lyne Carrington and Eddie Palmieri. Audiences can experience everything from world-famous musical machines like the Dirty Dozen Brass Band to exciting pioneers like trumpeter Bria Skonberg. Taste music from this diverse lineup with SOPAC’s Spotify playlist. Visit our Jazz, Rhythm & Blues page for more information about each artist and to purchase tickets.

Clockwise from left, Terri Lyne Carrington, Bria Skonberg, The Dirty Dozen Jazz Band.

Photo: Clockwise from left, Terri Lyne Carrington, Bria Skonberg, The Dirty Dozen Jazz Band.

Motor City Revue: The Ultimate Motown Tribute

Tickets: $ 25- $ 35

Dance for you and sing along as this Motown-inspired group of 11 musicians perform to tunes from Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Supremes and more.

Billie & Blue Eyes presented by John Pizzarelli & Catherine Russell: The Songs of Frank Sinatra & Billie Holiday


Tickets: $ 48- $ 68

This dynamic duo will transport audiences to the glory days of jazz with masterful ease, capturing the effortless grace of Holiday and the cool swagger of Sinatra.

Bria Skonberg Quartet


Tickets: $ 29- $ 39

Described as “one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” (the Wall Street newspaper) and “the bright hope of hot jazz” (New York Times), triple threat trailblazer Bria Skonberg is a force to be reckoned with. This multi-award-winning trumpeter, singer and songwriter makes her SOPAC debut by combining her characteristic sound of fiery trumpet and smoky voice. She mixes jazz, blues and beyond with adventurous tales and concoctions of classics and moving originals.

Kindred the family soul
Tickets: $ 42 to $ 77

Married couple Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon are known for their music that comes straight from the heart. The duo co-write mature and relevant R&B songs that are rooted in traditional soul and gospel. They were also part of the Neo Soul Philadelphia movement which included Jill Scott.

The giants of jazz
Tickets: $ 55- $ 65
Join us for what has become a legendary event in South Orange Village featuring countless jazz greats in an unforgettable evening of music.

Terri Lyne Carrington + Social Sciences: Jazz and Gender Justice
Tickets: $ 44 to $ 59

This three-time Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer has been described as “the personification of Black Girl Magic” by the AP News. After years of playing alongside jazz royalty like Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock, Carrington has reached the pinnacle of jazz excellence in his own career as a 2021 member of the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters. With her group Social Science, she steps out from behind the drums to be a leader in social and gender justice movements.

Hot Sardine Holiday Stomp
Tickets: $ 40- $ 50

Experience a raucous and dazzling celebration featuring party classics of jazz and swing and original tunes performed by the eight-piece group. Their brass arrangements and catchy piano melodies combined with a singer’s voice will transport listeners to a bygone era.

Be My Valentine: An Evening of Love Songs with Ms. Lisa Fischer

Tickets: $ 32 to $ 42

Known for her long-term touring associations with the Rolling Stones, Luther Vandross and Tina Turner, this powerful Grammy Award-winning Gospel and Soul singer evokes endless emotion.

James’ six hunters
Tickets: $ 36 to $ 56
The British soulman and his longtime backing band bring you a sublime night of no-frills blues. Through their virtuosity, they have shared the stage with artists as diverse as Allen Toussaint, Sharon Jones and Van Morrison.

Dee Dee Bridgewater and Bill Charlap

Tickets: $ 40 to $ 54

These two renowned Grammy Award winners ignite their musical chemistry to generate an incomparable Jazz experience.

Celebrate the Sounds of New Orleans with Dirty Dozen Brass Band & Nathan and The Zydeco Cha Chas

Tickets: $ 35- $ 48

This special double poster featuring two world famous music machines celebrates the feel-good sounds of The Big Easy!

SFJAZZ collective

Tickets: $ 58- $ 78
The SFJAZZ collective is an award-winning supergroup made up of eight of the best performers / songwriters working in jazz today. The current ensemble includes Lizz Wright on vocals, Chris Potter and David Sánchez on saxophones, Etienne Charles on trumpet, Warren Wolf on vibraphone, Edward Simon on keyboards, Aneesa Strings on bass and Kendrick AD Scott on drums.

Latin jazz group Eddie Palmieri

MAY 21
Tickets: $ 45 to $ 59

The iconic ten-time Grammy Award and NEA Jazz Master skillfully merges the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner as well as his older brother, Charlie Palmieri.

Currently, all SOPAC customers must show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test and wear a mask. All current Covid-19 precautions and policies can be found at

About SOPAC:

Since 2006, SOPAC has been a leading performing arts center in the region. SOPAC offers innovative artistic and cultural experiences to diverse audiences in an intimate and inviting environment. The arts center hosts a variety of performances, community events and educational programs for all ages. SOPAC hosts the Seton Hall University Arts Council performances, including the Classical Concert Series, Jazz ‘N the Hall performances and the Seton Hall University Theater productions. SOPAC programs are made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) is a 501 (c) (3) charity. For more information, visit


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