• TO RAY WITH LOVE, Starring MACEO PARKER & FeaturingTHE RAY CHARLES ORCHESTRA & THE RAELETTES

    Schmidtchen Theater / Music Connects Stage, Friday, April 21 Saxophonist Maceo Parker embodies the legacy of soul and funk music like no other musician can. Always at the forefront, Maceo has been a common thread in the history of funk — helping to pioneer the sound of the genre in collaborations alongside seminal icons like James Brown, George Clinton, and Prince, all the while honing his own signature brand of showmanship. Friday, April 21, Schmidtchen Theater/Music Connects Stage

  • ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT

    Schmidtchen Theater / Music Connects Stage, Saturday, April 22. The most prominent artist blurring the musical lines between acoustic jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary R&B, pianist Robert Glasper became a crossover star with his electro-acoustic Experiment band following the game-changing 2012 release Black Radio, winning the GRAMMY for Best R&B Album. Since then, Glasper’s profile has exploded, with the pianist composing the soundtrack for director/star Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead and performing at the White House with rapper Common. Shortly after he migrated from Houston to New York City in the mid-90s, Glasper became a go-to keyboardist for some of the era’s defining hip hop and R&B stars, touring as music director for Mos Def and appearing with Kanye West, Erykah Badu, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jay-Z and Maxwell. At the same time, Glasper made a name for himself as an insightful post-bop pianist through stints with jazz masters such as Russell Malone, Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove and Terence Blanchard.

  • NETTWORK TRIO. Charnett Moffett, Stanley Jordan, Jeff “Tain” Watts

    Cape May Convention Hall / It’s a Breeze Stage, Friday, April 21.Nettwork Trio: Charnett Moffett (bass) Stanley Jordan (guitar) Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts (drums)

  • MICHAEL PEDICIN, 2017 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

    Cape May Convention Hall / It’s a Breeze Stage, Saturday, April 22 Jazz is an art form in which second and third acts abound, and tenor saxophonist Michael Pedicin is making the most of his late-career creative surge. A passionately soulful improviser, the New York City-based Pedicin has released a series of scintillating sessions in the past six years, and Why Stop Now. . . Ubuntu, on his GroundBlue label, reconfirms his status as a top-tier post-bopper distinguished by rare poise and maturity.

  • KENNY BARRON

    Cape May Convention Hall / It’s a Breeze Stage, Saturday, April 22 Honored by The National Endowment for the Arts as a 2010 Jazz Master, Kenny Barron has an unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms. The Los Angeles Times named him “one of the top jazz pianists in the world” and Jazz Weekly calls him “The most lyrical piano player of our time.”

  • CHRISTIAN SCOTT aTUNDE ADJUAH Presents STRETCH MUSIC

    Cape May Convention Hall / It’s a Breeze Stage, Saturday, April 22
    “[Christian] has a way with melody and drama.” – Larry Blumenfeld | Wall Street Journal
    “His music is the opposite of dislocated; it is thoroughly articulated, busy and compressed. The reach of Stretch Music can often feel literal—even as the threads warp and drift a deeply woven structure is preserved. – Brad Nelson | Pitchfork
    “Much like Robert Glasper is the ambassador for hip-hop in jazz, Christian Scott is the ambassador for jazz in any genre that piques his interest.” – Pat Shahabian | Noisey (Vice)

  • DAISY CASTRO
  • BRIANNA THOMAS

    “Ms. Thomas has a strong voice and a big range, descended from Sarah Vaughan and Betty Carter and routed through Dianne Reeves, with clarity
    and confidence and a little dirt.”- Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

    “Brianna Thomas may well be thebest young straight-ahead jazzsinger of her generation.” Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journa

  • PHILLY GUMBO

    “the area¹s tastiest musical ragout of New Orleans parish soul, blues, reggae and dense funk” -The Philadelphia Inquirer

    “not just irresistible but transcendent” -The City Paper

    “On South St. Philly Gumbo ruled the funk scene when The Roots were mere seedlings” -Vintage Guitar Magazine

  • BRIAN BETZ & DENIS DIBLASIO QUARTET

    Exit Zero Jazz welcomes the Brian Betz/Denis DiBlasio Quartet back to Cape May

  • STOOGES BRASS BAND

    The Stooges Brass Band consistently delivers a high energy show engaging audiences with their innovative blend of traditional New Orleans brass sounds, contemporary jazz and hip-hop beats.

  • FREDDIE HENDRIX

    Freddie Hendrix has emerged as one of the music’s exciting players – an amalgam of the great trumpeters such as Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Lee Morgan and Clifford Brown. A charismatic personality displaying a sure-footedness in his full toned phrasing and sense of swing. His versatility and superb holds its own in a variety of settings, from R&B, pop and jazz.

  • PHILLYBLOCO

    “Four ways you know a band is awesome:

    1. You take off your shoes and dance barefoot at North Star Bar.
    2. You don’t feel the need to drink a single drop of alcohol all night.
    3. You have to dance the limbo to avoid getting hit in the head with a slide trombone.
    4. You want to sign up for drumming lessons when the night is over….”

  • CHARNETT MOFFETT

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