FOURPLAY, Friday, November 10, 9:00pm
Friday, November 10, MusicConnects Stage Powered by Atlantic City Electric at Schmidtchen Theater, 9:00PM
The Sound: the supergroup challenges the standard definitions of contemporary jazz by incorporating elements of blues, funk, bossa nova and Celtic into the mix, along with a healthy dose of improvisation. It’s a formula that has helped establish Fourplay as one of the most highly successful and most respected bands in contemporary jazz for over two decades.
GREGORY PORTER, Saturday, November 11, 7:00pm
Saturday, November 11, MusicConnects Stage Powered by Atlantic City Electric at Schmidtchen Theater, 7:00PM
The Sound: Porter’s rich baritone voice caresses each lyric in a relaxed and sophisticated manner. His lush, confident vocals go down smoothly like a late-night cognac while his thoughtful messages and passionate expressions leave a strong impression on listeners.
DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND, Thursday, November 9, 7:00pm
The Sound: the band’s exuberant street beat originals like “Do It Fluid,” “Use Your Brain” and their most famous number, “My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now,” are renowned for keeping bodies moving on the dance floor.
TERRANCE SIMIEN AND THE ZYDECO EXPERIENCE, Thursday, November 9, 7:00pm
A NIGHT IN NEW ORLEANS BENEFIT CONCERT, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9
“Simien is a ZydecoMaster: his voice yearning like Sam Cooke, he delivers soul worthy of Stax greats and shows crossover class.”
LIZZ WRIGHT, Friday, November 10, 7:00pm
Friday, November 10, It’s a Breeze & Hawk Haven Vineyard Stage at Cape May Convention Hall, 7:00PM
Lauded American singer Lizz Wright’s latest project, GRACE, reveals the web of deep running roots of story and song that bind together the vastly diverse traditions that are the soul of the American South. Wright summons her Southern heritage and the spirit of the earth to usher us into a nurturing space that pulses and hums with the unspoken suggestion that grace is a cornerstone of our original state of being.
ETIENNE CHARLES & CREOLE SOUL, Saturday, November 11, 1:30pm
Saturday, November 11, It’s a Breeze & Hawk Haven Vineyard Stage at Cape May Convention Hall, 1:30PM
The Sound: bright trumpet work blends with captivating Afro-Carribbean rhythms in Etienne Charles’ exotic Creole Soul sextet (pianist Sullivan Fortner, saxophonist Brian Hogans, guitarist Alex Wintz, bassist Ben Williams, drummer John Davis). Expect fresh interpretations of Bob Marley’s “Turn Your Lights Down Low,” Lord Kitchener’s “Creole,” Dawn Penn’s “You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)” and Thelonious Monk’s “Green Chimneys” in his invigorating set at the Exit Zero Jazz Festival.
BRIAN BLADE & THE FELLOWSHIP BAND, Saturday, November 11, 4:30pm
Saturday, November 11, It’s a Breeze & Hawk Haven Vineyard Stage at Cape May Convention Hall, 4:30PM
The Sound: the twin-horn frontline of Myron Walden (alto saxophone, bass clarinet) and Melvin Butler (tenor saxophone) creates a synchronized mesh that gives the Fellowship its singular sound. Writes critic John Kelman in All About Jazz: “As much as Blade’s loosely expressive playing defines any project with which he’s associated, it’s the combination of transcendent but never invasive spirituality, the writing’s blend of horns and guitar into a uniquely identifiable texture, and the group’s ability to be at once melodically direct and improvisationally sophisticated, that creates that unmistakable sound instantly apparent on Season Of Changes.” Kelman writes of the Fellowship’s most recent outing: “Blending folkloric references, hints of church and spiritual concerns, jazz modality and countrified touchstones, Landmarks is the perfect name for Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band’s fourth album; beyond its meaning to the group, it truly is yet another landmark recording in the core quintet’s evolutionary travels.”
ARTURO O’FARRILL & THE AFRO LATIN ORCHESTRA, Saturday, November 11, 9:00pm
Saturday, November 11, It’s a Breeze & Hawk Haven Vineyard Stage at Cape May Convention Hall, 9:00PM
The Sound: churning clave-fueled numbers underscored by percolating percussion and imbued with potent improvisations from the individual horn players create an intoxicating environment for dancers when Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra take the bandstand.
RANKY TANKY, Sunday, November 12, 11am
*Sunday, November 12, It’s a Breeze & Hawk Haven Vineyard Stage at Cape May Convention Hall, 11:00am
“The biggest surprise of the evening, though, came not from Asia nor Africa. It came from South Carolina, where a quintet called Ranky Tanky has updated the Gullah tradition of the Georgia/Carolina sea islands with gospel vocals, jazz trumpet solos and an R&B rhythm section. Isolated on those islands, slaves developed their own language and music that remained more African than anything on the mainland, creating a culture like no other.
The Sound: a soulful, sultry interpreter of classic jazz tunes like Gigi Gryce’s “Social Call,” Jimmy Rowles’ “The Peacocks,” Bobby Timmons’ “Moanin’,” Betty Carter’s “Tight” and standards like “East of the Sun (and West of the Moon)” and “I Remember You,” Ms. Horn conjures up comparisons to such classy, spirited jazz divas as Betty Carter, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson and Abbey Lincoln.
Friday, Nov.10 at SeaSalt in the Ocean Club Hotel 5:15-6:30pm / Doors at 4:30pm and 8:15-9:30pm / Doors at 7:45pm
Saturday, Nov. 11 at SeaSalt in the Ocean Club Hotel 12:30-1:45pm / Doors at 11:45am and 3:00-4:15pm / Doors at 2:30pm
PEDRITO MARTINEZ GROUP
The Sound: expect to hear entrancing mambo, son montuno, santeria and descarga fare like “Compa Gellatano,” “Lengua De Obbara” and a Ruben Blades’ “Antadilla.” And expect to dance all night long.
Saturday, Nov. 11, Nauti Spirits Stage in Carney’s Main Room, 8:30 and 10:30 pm.
Sunday, Nov. 12, Nauti Spirits Stage in Carney’s Main Room, 2 and 4 pm.
TERRANCE SIMIEN ZYDECO EXPERIENCE
The Sound: Simien takes his audiences on a multicultural tour of the world as the many countries he’s visited while on tour have informed his musical language. He creates a hypnotic blend of New Orleans funk, Jamaican reggae, American blues and zydeco roots music that beckons dancers to get into the groove. While remaining clearly rooted in Creole tradition, Simien also helped change the vocabulary for his genre by introducing complex vocal harmonies, diverse repertoire and carefully crafted high quality recordings. He is also famous for his energetic, tireless live performances and his engaging stage presence. Enjoy his multi-culti mix at this year’s festival.
NEW BREED BRASS BAND
Whether rocking crowds at Bonnaroo, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the French Quarter Festival or the Essence Festival, the New Breed Brass Band spreads joy and good times on the dance floor with infectious, original numbers like “Whatcha Working It Fa,” “New Beginnings” and “Sidewalk Rock.” Get ready to party when these New Orleans natives with deep roots in the Treme neighborhood take the bandstand.
When & Where
Friday, Nov. 10, Nauti Spirits Stage in Carney’s Main Room, 8:15 and 10 pm.
Saturday, Nov. 11, Rusty Nail at the Beach Shack Hotel, 2 and 4 pm.
The Sound: a charismatic performer and natural improviser, Sasha’s voice has been described as “sly, sexy, exotic and arresting” by All About Jazz. With her band The Sidewalk Strutters, the versatile singer will perform traditional New Orleans jazz tunes like “St. James Infirmary,” “Old Green River” and “Basin Street” along with the 1930s nuggets “Exactly Like You” and “On the Sunny Side of the Street.”
Saturday, Nov.11 at SeaSalt in the Ocean Club Hotel. 5:30-6:45pm / Doors at 4:45pm and 8:00-9:15pm / Doors at 7:30pm*
Sunday, Nov. 12, Just 4 Wheels Stage in Carney’s Other Room, sets at 1 and 3 pm.
The Sound: Guitarist-singer Clay Ross leads the group on the playful call-and-response number “Ranky Tanky” while singer Quiana Parler fronts on dramatic readings of the melancholy traditional folk song “O Death” and Bessie Jones’ “Sink ‘Em Low.” Invigorating, inspiring, infectious sounds from South Carolina’s Low Country.
Saturday, Nov. 11, Cape May Brewing Company Stage at Cabanas, set at 9:45 and 11:30 pm.
BROTHER JOSCEPHUS AND THE LOVE REVOLUTION
Sunday, Nov. 12, Cape May Brewing Company Stage at Cabanas, 3 and 5 pm.
The Sound: this eclectic bunch might second-line to the stage with a brass band version of Herbie Hancock’s “Chameleon,” and once they hit the bandstand the party begins. From funky throwdowns like “Shine On” to a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s hoodoo classic “Born on the Bayou” to the N’awlins anthem “Bon Temps Roulez” the sanctified “A Child Shall Lead” and a truly wonderful rendition of “When the Saints Go Marching In,” this theatrical ensemble never fails to put smiles on faces and keep bodies moving on the dance floor.
- PAUL JOST 4TET
MICHAEL PEDICIN, 2017 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Saturday, Nov. 11, Aleathea’s at the Inn of Cape May, 1:30 and 7:30 pm.
The Sound: “My approach for this CD,” Pedicin explains about As It Should Be: Ballads 2, “is to create some pretty and accessible jazz in ballad form. This is not about revolutionizing the art form we so love, but providing a soft and relaxing platform on which to enjoy it.” Aside from embracing ballads with uncommon lyricism, Pedicin also has the capacity to conjure up probing expressions inspired by the legendary saxophonist John Coltrane, a towering influence on him as a developing player on the Philly jazz scene. From a sweeping version of Paul Simon’s “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” to a rendition of Trane’s “Crescent,” Pedicin’s heartfelt statements on his two horns will move listeners at the Exit Zero Jazz Festival.
The Sound: from earthy renditions of “Keep Your Skillet Good and Greasy” to Elizabeth Cotten’s “Babe It Ain’t No Lie” to traditional numbers like “Hot Time in the Old Town,” “Fishing Blues” and “Who’s Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet,” these alt-folk-rockers bring tons of enthusiasm and a personal twist to Americana.
Friday, Nov. 10, Just 4 Wheels Stage in Carney’s Other Room, 9:30 and 11 pm.
Saturday, Nov. 11, Just 4 Wheels Stage in Carney’s Other Room, 9:15 and 11:30 pm.
Sunday,Nov.12, Cape May Brewing Company Stage in Cabanas, Noon
Saturday, Nov. 11, Nauti’s Spirits Stage in Carney’s Main Room, sets at 12 pm and 2:45 pm
The Sound: the veteran blues-rock-boogie band plays with unmatched energy on originals like “Don’t Talk To Me,” “ABC’s” and “Clown For You” and well-chosen covers, including Jimi Hendrix’s slow blues “Red House,” Robben Ford’s shuffle blues “Start It Up” and ZZ Top’s infectious boogie “La Grange” while also interpreting blues classics by B.B. King and Muddy Waters. These roots rockers and blues hounds will get you up and dancing.
Sunday, Nov. 12, Rusty Nail Stage at the Beach Shack Hotel, 12:00pm and 1:45pm
The Sound: expect to hear renditions of classics like “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White,” Mario Bauza’s “Mambo Inn,” Duke Ellington’s “Caravan” and “Take the A Train,” Dizzy’s Gillespie’s Afro-Cuban classic “Manteca,” Celia Cruz’s signature “Quimbara” and Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” during their exhilarating, clave fueled set at the Exit Zero Jazz Festival.
EDDIE MORGAN & REK’D 4 JAZZ
The Sound: Morgan and his crew can bring it from the smooth side (“Ecstasy”), shuffle on some down-home blues (“Stormy Monday”) and swing in a straight ahed vein (“JD’s Theme”). Let Morgan and Rek’d 4 Jazz put you in the mood at the Exit Zero Jazz Festival.
Friday, Nov. 10, Iron Pier Craft House, 8:30 and 10:15 pm.
Saturday, Nov. 11, Iron Pier Craft House, 8:30 and 10:15 pm
Saturday, Nov. 11, Just 4 Wheels Stage in Carney’s Other Room, sets at 1:15 and 3:30 pm.
The Sound: tasty grooves with soulful and scintillating improvisations layered over the top on funk-based jazz numbers like “East Philly,” “Rose Lane” (named for the street where he grew up in Berlin) and the hip-hop flavored title track (featuring rapper Chill Moody) along with a faithful readings of the Puccini opera classic “Nessun Dorma” and the spiritual “Amazing Grace.”