July 22, 2008

City of Newark Designates July 25, 2008 “James Moody Day”

 WHAT: On Friday, July 25, at 11:00am a press conference will launch the Third Annual "Lincoln Park Music Festival: A Celebration of Spirit and Dance". The City of Newark and the City Council will honor James Moody with a proclamation and resolution designating July 25, 2008, "James Moody Day". The County of Essex will also present Moody with a proclamation. Broadway star of "The Color Purple", Elisabeth Withers will perform "Moody's Mood For Love" for Moody and his jazz contemporaries. At 12:00pm the Afternoon of Jazz concert will commence. At 2:30pm, the James Moody Quartet featuring Cyrus Chestnut, John Lee and Dennis Mackrel will perform.  WHO: James Moody, Jazz Saxophonist, "Moody's Mood for Love" M. Teresa Ruiz, Senator, State of New Jersey Joe DiVincenzo, Essex County Executive, County of Essex Stefan Pryor, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, City of Newark Dana Rone, Councilmember - Central Ward, City of Newark Hector Ortiz, Director, Greater Newark Convention and Visitors Bureau Dan Morgenstern, Director, Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University Linwood Oglesby, Executive Director, Newark Arts Council Mary Puryear, President, Prudential Foundation Baye Adofo-Wilson, Executive Director, Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District Theresa Hooper Marshall, PhD, LPCCD, Board Chair Amiri Baraka, Host, An Afternoon of Jazz, Third Annual Lincoln Park Music Festival, LPCCD, Board Vice Chair    WHEN: Friday, July 25, 2008, 11:00am  WHERE: Lincoln Park, Broad Street between Chestnut St. and Pennington St.  WHY: Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District (LPCCD) produces the Third Annual Lincoln Park Music Festival and other events in anticipation of the launch of the Smithsonian Affiliated Museum of African American Music (MoAAM) in Newark, NJ. LPCCD is a community development corporation with a mission to plan, design and develop a comprehensive arts and cultural district in Lincoln Park in Newark, New Jersey. The LPCCD project is one of the nation's best practices in urban sustainable community development and is developing one of the nation's first urban eco-villages.