• Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee & 6 Time Grammy Award Winner DR. JOHN & THE NITE TRIPPERS / BOB SIMON MAIN STAGE

    Dr. John & the Nite Trippers Salute to Louis Armstrong
    Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and 6 Time Grammy Award Winning Dr. John & the Nite Trippers headline the Exit Zero Jazz Festival with a performance on the Cape May Convention Hall / Bob Simon Memorial Main Stage, Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 8:00pm. New Orleans’ most prominent musical icon, the New Orleans musical giant pays tribute to fellow Crescent City legend Louis Armstrong in a concert performance that is truly divinely inspired. Expect a night of rollicking New Orleans piano as Dr. John & the NiteTrippers roar through a funky career retrospective, including music from Dr. John’s Louis Armstrong Tribute, SKE-DAT-DE-DA…THE SPIRIT OF SATCH.

  • REBIRTH BRASS BAND

    "A New Orleans institution since the 1980s, the Rebirth Brass Band updates the traditional strutting rhythms and continuous improvisation of New Orleans parades with an infusion of funk. It doesn't need microphones, amplifiers or anything but breath and rhythm to make a crowd jump."
    -The New York Times

  • The Grammy Award Winning REBIRTH BRASS BAND Headline JAZZ AT THE ESTATE / VINTAGE SOUTH JERSEY.COM STAGE

    Hailed by the New York Times as "a New Orleans institution," the Rebirth Brass Band have been at the forefront of the brass band revival that they helped kick off almost 30 years ago. …The Rebirth Brass band has gone from playing on corners in the French Quarter to selling out concert halls across the world and appearing in David Simon's HBO hit "Tremé."

    "Just saw THE REBIRTH BRASS BAND, unbelievable. hard as hell, free as a ray of light, there is not a band on earth that is better. stunning."
    -@flea333 Flea, Red Hot Chili Peppers via Twitter

    “…saw the Rebirth Brass Band playing at the Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street, and it changed my life. It was one of these transcendent musical experiences.”
    -Ani DiFranco

  • Celebrating 40th Anniversary Of Bruce Springsteen’s Epic, PAUL JOST REIMAGINES BORN TO RUN / BOB SIMON MEMORIAL MAIN STAGE

    Paul Jost Reimagines Bruce Springsteen’s Epic Born To Run
    In 1975 who thought we would be here? In a concert performance celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Springsteen’s epic, Exit Zero Jazz Festival has commissioned vocalist, drummer, composer and arranger PAUL JOST, himself a native of the Garden State,to reimagine in a jazz context the music of Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run.
    Opening for PAUL JOST on the Cape May Convention Hall/ Bob Simon Memorial Main Stage is 11 year old piano prodigy, Motema recording artist, JOEY ALEXANDER and his trio.

  • Introducing JOEY ALEXANDER / SJ MAGAZINE MAIN STAGE

    ..technically fluent and harmonically astute.
    The New York Times

    "genius" plays with breathtaking precocity and mastery of several decades of piano style.
    Downbeat Magazine

    Wynton Marsalis and Herbie Hancock..set Alexander on a path to make some serious waves here in the U.S.
    the jazzline

  • ROBERTA DONNAY & THE PROHIBITION MOB BAND

    Donnay takes old school jazz, makes it new cool and most of all makes it fun. It swings and it swings hard. Old school has never sounded better and Roberta Donnay is certainly a name to remember!
    - Brent Black’s @Critical Jazz blog

    Roberta Donnay, whose interpretive license is valid for both jazz and blues, knows exactly how far she can go drawing inspiration from time-honored singers like Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters and Ida Cox without sacrificing a sense of self. Downbeat

  • JOHN “PAPA” GROS BAND

    "They are instruments of New Orleans music at it's best… Any way you drop the needle you will be pleasantly surprised and feel good about it." – Allen Toussaint

    One of THE best and most important funky bands in New Orleans. We couldn't be prouder." Quint Davis, producer of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

  • DAISY CASTRO

    “Daisy Castro has a musical and a daring style of playing that belies her young years.“Tim Kliphuis

    “Daisy plays with a beautiful tone and superb feeling.!” Walt Smith – Havana Swing Band

  • GENO WHITE

    Geno will be appearing with Chickie Ragan, drums and Steve Beskrone (Ray Charles Orch.), bass

    “A complete original.” Pat Martino

    “…I was surprised that EVERYONE doesn’t know who this fellow is -White is an A-list guitarist with a sound very reminiscent of Lifeson and Hendrix,…” Michael Askounes, All About Jazz Magazine

  • SIN FRONTERA, Night In Havana

    Ernesto "Gato" Gatell is one of the most recognized and beloved Cuban singers alive today. In 2013, the U.S. Government acknowledged him as a Musician of Extraordinary Ability at the very top of his field both nationally and internationally, thus allowing him to immigrate to the U.S. in 2014.

  • BRIAN CHARETTE

    The Hammond B-3 organist Brian Charette weighs the ageless objective of soul-jazz with a trace of restless modernity- Nate Chinen NY Times

    A Master of Space and Time- Josh Jackson WBGO NYC

    Reliably Burning- Bill Milkowski Jazz Times

  • CYRILLE AIMEE

    “When you see Cyrille Aimée perform, you instantly fall in love with her-her voice, eyes, curls and the joyful spirit she invests in each song.”
    JAZZ TIMES

    “A voice like fine whiskey-oaky and smooth, with a hint of smokiness”
    WASHINGTON POST

    “Aimée is the revelation.”
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

    “Astonishingly creative….with a brilliant sound, fresh ideas, impeccable rhythm and an overall approach that honors tradition without being shackled to the past.”
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

  • DYLAN REIS QUARTET, featuring IMMANUEL WILKINS
  • MELISSA ALDANA & CRASH TRIO

    Feast of Music: "Aldana doesn’t play like a competition winner-she plays like a
    storyteller".

    ABC News: "the young tenor with the breezy, accented voice is a hard-toned, unsentimental instrumentalist steeped in classical jazz".

    New York Times: "She wasn't just exhibiting her own voice but embodying it; she seemed
    past the point of making her case".

    NPR: "A bold new talent..with her own style".

  • JOE LOCKE’S LOVE IS A PENDULUM

    "LOCKE'S VOICE ON VIBES IS COLORED WITH NOTES OF INTENSITY, HUMILITY AND HUMANITY."
    All About Jazz

    "LOCKE IS ON TOP FORM, HOVERING SINUOUSLY ON A BALLAD ONE MOMENT, REELING OFF LINES WITH FOURMALLET PRECISION THE NEXT."
    JazzWise

    "JOE LOCKE'S CRYSTALLINE TONE HAS A WARM GLOW AROUND THE EDGES, WHICH SUITS THE SHAPE OF HIS IMPROVISATIONS TO
    PERFECTION."
    The Guardian, UK

  • SIN FRONTERA

    Ernesto "Gato" Gatell is one of the most recognized and beloved Cuban singers alive today. In 2013, the U.S. Government acknowledged him as a Musician of Extraordinary Ability at the very top of his field both nationally and internationally, thus allowing him to immigrate to the U.S. in 2014.

  • PEPITO GOMEZ, Night In Havana

    "All excellent singers have a special tone: it's something beyond issues of pitch, power and phrasing, some personal grain that makes them strong and strange. The Cuban singer Pepito Gómez's vocal tone is … a beneficent alarm, a positive shout," -Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

    José "Pepito" Gómez represents his homeland well with stirring dance tunes and a commanding stage presence. -Time Out NY

    When the name José “Pepito” Gómez is mentioned, people listen. This former vocalist for one of the hottest Cuban Salsa bands today, “Pupy y Los Que Son Son”, is a major reason this band has been so successful. – Salsatlanta.com

    What a Voice! …It took me 8 years to finally hear this guy live but now I fully understand what all the buzz was about. -Kevin Moore, Timba.com

  • BRIAN CHARETTE TRIO

    The Hammond B-3 organist Brian Charette weighs the ageless objective of soul-jazz with a trace of restless modernity- Nate Chinen NY Times

    A Master of Space and Time- Josh Jackson WBGO NYC

    Reliably Burning- Bill Milkowski Jazz Times

  • SEAN JONES

    "When Jones solos, soaring with a gentle strength as his band swells behind him, it’s not just a pretty melody… it’s praise.” ~JazzTimes

    “Trumpeter Sean Jones continues to develop into a formidable player, composer and all-around in-demand guy.” – National Public Radio
    “Mr. Jones is a trumpeter with an incisive tone and a firm grasp of jazz traditions.” – New York Times

    “Jones is excellent every time he picks up his horn.” – Pittsburgh Tribune Review

    “The passing of the great Freddie Hubbard in December of 2008 was a humbling reminder of the continuum of life and music. But he has undoubtedly left a profound legacy with a plethora of fine young trumpeter’s…most certainly Sean Jones.” – All About Jazz

  • CHARENEE WADE

    Soulful jazz vocalist Charenee Wade’s “clear voice and impressive technique” earned her the First Runner-Up prize at the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition (NPR). Whether performing solo or with a dynamic range of jazz masters, Wade’s talent has brought her to many prestigious music festivals and venues world-wide. Her album “Offering: The Music of Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson” offers a uniquely feminine perspective on the revolutionary music of Gil Scott-Heron.

  • JOE KEYES & THE LATE BLOOMER BAND

    Joe Keyes is equal parts front man, poet and band conductor. The Freehold, NJ, native found his orchestra in late 2009 in The Late Bloomer Band, a concoction of Baltimore-area musicians. The band takes audiences back to the days of Miles Davis and early P-Funk, when big bands were lead by strong forces of individuals. The band's brand of live improvisation and musical sophistication presents a different experience at every show.
    While Keyes draws inspiration from musical mentors Gil Scott-Heron, Joe Bowie, and Sun Ra, The Late Bloomer Band brings a modern interpretation to funk, jazz, rock and a variety of other genres.

  • ICE 2ND BAPTIST CHURCH OF ATLANTIC CITY
  • SELWYN BIRCHWOOD

    “A powerhouse player and emotive performer…his band, his material and both his skilled guitaring and soulful vocals are the essence of fully-formed. Birchwood is a major player. Highly recommended.”
    —Rolling Stone

    “Selwyn Birchwood is an indelibly modern and original next-generation bluesman; his tough vocals, guitar and lap steel touch on classic Chicago blues, Southern soul and boogie.” —Washington Post

    “Watch out for Selwyn Birchwood…a genius revelation and a pleasure. Roaring Fender Strat and down-south lap steel guitar.” —Blues Matters

    “Selwyn Birchwood is making waves, surprising people and defying expectations. Be on the lookout. He revels in the unexpected.” —Living Blues

  • LOST BAYOU RAMBLERS

    “Punk Cajun band The Lost Bayou Ramblers, featuring the Michot Brothers, recorded a session live during our Sense of Place Visit to Lafayette. Loved it when Andre switched out his accordion for the key modulation in their version of "My Generation." The Key's Year-End Mania: David Dye's five favorite live music moments in and out of the World Cafe studio

  • PEPITO GOMEZ

    "All excellent singers have a special tone: it's something beyond issues of pitch, power and phrasing, some personal grain that makes them strong and strange. The Cuban singer Pepito Gómez's vocal tone is … a beneficent alarm, a positive shout," -Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

    José "Pepito" Gómez represents his homeland well with stirring dance tunes and a commanding stage presence. -Time Out NY

    When the name José “Pepito” Gómez is mentioned, people listen. This former vocalist for one of the hottest Cuban Salsa bands today, “Pupy y Los Que Son Son”, is a major reason this band has been so successful. – Salsatlanta.com

    What a Voice! …It took me 8 years to finally hear this guy live but now I fully understand what all the buzz was about. -Kevin Moore, Timba.com

  • JAZZ FOR WINE LOVERS PASSPORT

    Exit 0 Jazz, Motema Music, Hawk Haven & Auburn Road Vineyards have come together to bring you the Jazz For Wine Lovers Passport. Think of a scavenger hunt during the Festival where anyone can participate by attending Meet the Winemaker Sessions, cd signings & visiting Festival vendors & have a chance to win hotel & Duke’s Passes to the 2015 Spring Exit 0 Jazz Festival!

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INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Since its debut in 2012, the Exit Zero Jazz Festival has quickly become an attraction for world class musicians and music aficionados alike. During the Festival weekend, Cape May transforms into a jazz village as fans and musicians make their pilgrimage to the little town by the sea to witness first-rate performances from award winning, critically acclaimed artists, exciting new artists on the scene, and local favorites. JazzTimes said of the Festival weekend it must be like that in Sundance when Hollywood comes to their town.

CONTACT:
Festival Office for Tickets & Information
609-849-9202

Press Inquiries
Janlyn PR, 347-726-8325.

Exit Zero Jazz also wishes to thank personally the following people for their belief in the Festival and how it creates a positive cultural and economic impact for Cape May and the surrounding community: Deacon and Dixie Kline, Wendy Guiles, Will Pike, Joe Carney, Chuck and Hillary Pritchard, John Cooke, Robert Giddis, Sue Priester, Edward J. Mahaney, Jr., Jerome E. Inderwies, Jr., Beatrice Gauvry-Pessagno, Shane P. Meier, Frank Scott, Bernadette Matthews, Jack Wright, Payton Bowman, Jason Black, Curtis Bashaw, Susan & Bryant Simon, Susan Ross, Milt Edelman, Pam Kaithern, Larry Hirsch, Stevan Overby, Yogi Kuertz, Michael Zuckerman, Sue Lotozo, Eliza Lotozo, Eric Wright, Carol Sabo, Jana La Sorte, Erika Duffee, Heather Saul, Ernest Gregory, Richard Conde, George Wirt, Thomas Von Muenster, Colleen Buckley, Mike Bernstein, Joanne and Dan Long, The O’Hara Family, Bill Bezaire, Chris Bezaire, Linda and Bob Steenrod, Patrick Logue, Cindy Smylick, Lori Francis, Christian Jacopec, Jana Herzen, Robin Tomchin, Chris DiAntonio, Todd Desatnick, Bill & Dorrie Laufman and so many more. Thank you!

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