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Jazz in the Loft: John Lee and Friends April 23

Sunday, April 23 at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $20 
Box Office: (973) 313-2787

Get your groove on at our Sunday evening Jazz & Blues in the Loft concert series! Hear world-class musicians and vocalists from the region in the cabaret-style setting of the SOPAC Loft. You know you can count on a great night of Jazz when John Lee brings his friends to the Loft at SOPAC. Cash bar available. 

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Join world-renowned Jazz bassist and producer John Lee in what can only be defined as a super-cool Jazz party with the man who’s got the greatest contact list of all time. He has played with all the best, including Gary Bartz. James Moody, McCoy Tyner, Philip Catherine, Joe Henderson, Jasper Van’T Hof, Joachim Kühn, Charlie Mariano, Tete Montoliu, Aldo Romano, Sahib Shihab, Jeremy Steig, Toots Thielemans and many, many more.

In 1984 John Lee began working with Dizzy Gillespie, and now he is the executive director and musical director of the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars. John Lee is also the artistic director and CEO of the recording label JLP, Jazz Legacy Productions, a label dedicated to the continuance and development of the Jazz art form. 

SOPAC programs are made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) is a 501(c)(3)charitable organization.
SOPAC received funding through a grant from the NJ Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism, visitnj.org.

About SOPAC

Since 2006, SOPAC has been serving as a premier performing arts center in the region. SOPAC offers innovative artistic and cultural experiences for diverse audiences in an intimate, inviting environment. The premier arts center hosts a variety of live performances, community events and education programs for all ages.  To further expand its offerings, SOPAC has a partnership with the Juilliard School of Music to present Juilliard @ SOPAC—a series featuring upcoming musicians from the acclaimed conservatory.  SOPAC is home for Seton Hall University Arts Council’s performances, including Classical Concert Series, Jazz ‘N the Hall performances and Seton Hall University Theatre productions.  SOPAC also presents performances by its theater company in-residence, American Theater Group. For more information, visit SOPACnow.org.

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