A concert to honor and celebrate the life of recently deceased saxophonist James Moody is going to take place at Manhattan’s Blue Note jazz club on Monday, March 28. The event is being staged as a benefit for the James Moody Scholarship Fund for Newark Youth.
There’ll be heavy talent on hand, including pianists Kenny Barron and Cyrus Chestnut; saxophonists Jimmy Heath, Antonio Hart, Gary Smulyan, Lew Tabackin, Frank Wess, Paquito D’Rivera and David Sanborn; trumpeters Roy Hargrove and Grey Gisbert; vocalist Roberta Gambarini; drummers Lewis Nash and Greg Hutchinson; and bassists Todd Coolman and John Lee. And there’ll be surprise guests, as well. The whole evening will be presided over by funny man and jazz connoisseur Bill Cosby.
Now that, friends, sounds like a promising and memorable evening of jazz waiting to happen, and one can only imagine Moody would’ve loved to be in the house when it all goes down. Well, maybe he can’t, but you can.
The show is scheduled to run from 8 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Doors open at 6. Food and drinks will be readily available. Tickets are $65 for a seat at a table, $45 for a stool at the bar and $100 for the best seats in the club. Call 212-475-8592 or visit www.bluenote.net to purchase tickets or get more information. The Blue Note is located at 131 West 3rd Street.
If you’d like to contribute to the James Moody Scholarship for Newark Youth, please send a check made payable to “FNJ/James Moody Scholarship Fund for Newark Youth” at this address: Community Foundation of New Jersey, P.O. Box 338, Morristown, NJ 07963-0338.