• Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

    Exit Zero International Jazz Festival PRESENTS Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Saturday, November 7. Two performances, 6:00pm – 7:30pm and 9:00pm – 10:30pm

  • Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project Love & Soul, featuring Valerie Simpson and Jaguar Wright

    Cape May welcomes Two-time Grammy Award-winning drummer, composer and bandleader Terri Lyne Carrington with vocalists Valerie Simpson and Jaguar Wright to the Exit Zero International Jazz Festival, Friday, November 6. 9:00pm – 10:30pm. Schmidtchen Theater Stage.

  • Bettye LaVette

    Flat out one of the top blues and soul vocalists America has ever produced, Exit Zero Jazz is proud to present Bettye LaVette kicking off the Festival Pop’s Pass Series in Cape May Convention Hall, Friday, November 6. 7:00pm – 8:30pm.

  • PhillyBloco

    Brazilian music with boundless energy & earth quaking rhythms. The party is on when PhillyBloco is in the house.

  • Eddie Morgan & Rek’d 4 Jazz

    EDDIE MORGAN & REK’D 4 JAZZ: Daryl Robinson-Keys Teddy Royal-Guitar, Jeff Burnside-Drums, Eddie Morgan-Trumpet/Vocals. Carney’s Other Room. Friday, November 6. 8:00pm & 10:00pm

  • Davina & the Vagabonds

    Join us at Carney’s Main Room when Davina & the Vagabonds return to the Exit Zero International Jazz Festival!

    “ Think of a meld of Bessie Smith, Etta James, Alberta Adams and Amy Winehouse, and you come close to understanding what Davina Sowers is all about…Davina is a real talent who deserves greater exposure – and I have no option but to highly recommend this band.” –Blues In Britain (UK)

  • Elliott Levin Trio

    No description of the Philly jazz scene exists that does not include something along the lines of “And Elliott Levin has been known to sit in, buggin’ out with his sax and flute…” Eugene Chadbourne – Allmusic.

  • Pat Martino Trio with Horns

    Cape May Convention Hall, Saturday, November 7. 12:00pm -1:30pm. Pat Martino’s light shines bright in the Cape May community. One of the greatest guitarists in jazz, Martino, for many years, performed at The Shire, a haven for jazz, blues and great music. Don’t miss this exciting performance when Pat is joined by long-time bandmates Pat Bianchi on organ, Carmen Intorre on drums, Alex Norris on trumpet and Adam Niewood on saxophone.

  • Buster Williams

    New Jersey born and bred BUSTER WILLIAMS leads his stellar 4tet in this Exit Zero International Jazz Festival appearance. Joining Buster is ERIC REED on piano, BRUCE WILLIAMS on sax, and CARL ALLEN on drums. Saturday, November 7. Aleathea’s. 1:30pm

  • Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue

    “Somehow this exciting band manages to sound like they’ve been around since the early days of the Grand Ol’ Opry while sounding new and fresh at the same time. Gal Holiday is the cure for modern country music’s doldrums if commercial radio would just pay attention.”
    -Marvin O’Dell, Musikode Productions, The Country Campfire, Defenders of Freedom Radio, Albuquerque, NM and KKRN, Redding, CA

    “The Louisiana Hayride Lives! Swingabilly New Orleans style from a hot little combo fronted by honeyvoiced Holiday.” – offBeat Magazine

    “To hear Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue is to hear the authentic, quality root of modern rock n’ roll and country that too many fat businessmen in tall glass buildings have bastardized.” – Adam Tustin, Examiner.com

  • Harlem Sessions Presented by Marc Cary

    Cape May Convention Hall / Bob Simon Memorial Stage, Saturday, November 7 from 3:00pm-5:00pm. Internationally renowned keyboard wizard Marc Cary brings his ultra-hip soul, jazz and electronica grooves to Cape May for an afternoon session of Harlem grooves. Voted last year as Downbeat’s #1 Rising Star Keyboardist, Cary is enjoying a crescendo of international activity sparked by his acclaimed breakthrough release, Rhodes Ahead Vol. 2 on Motema Music.

  • The Skatalites

    Exit Zero Jazz presents the originators of ska and the band that laid the foundation for reggae, The Skatalites. “Jamaica’s answer to the Motown house band and Booker T. and the MG’s combined“ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE
    Cape May Convention Hall, Saturday, November 7. 8:00pm – 9:30pm

  • Conjunto Philadelphia

    Conjunto Philadelphia is a musical ensemble based in the Philadelphia area performing the music of Pre-Revolutionary Cuba. The group’s main aspiration is to maintain the authenticity of the music while performing it in a way that pays homage to Cuba’s deep and treasured musical history. Genres include Son, Cha-Cha-Chá and Bolero.

  • Jay Rodriguez and Groove Collective

    “Groove Collective’s identity lies not in one fixed style but in its capable hospitality to whatever might keep hips swaying.”
    —Jon Pareles, The New York Times

    “He could be breathy and insinuating on a ballad, brawny and extroverted in an uptempo.”
    —Jon Pareles, The New York Times on Jay Rodriguez

  • Shai Maestro Trio

    Presented In Collaboration With the Israeli World Music and JazzPhest Aleathea’s, Saturday, November 7. Shows at 8:00pm and 10:30pm. Shai Maestro is a creator of moods, a shaper of atmospheres and a sculptor of sound. The pianist doesn’t merely play music; he creates a world that is distinctly and intimately his. On his new recording, Shai Maestro Trio – Untold Stories, available on Motema Music on August 28, 2015, Maestro, and his trio featuring Jorge Roeder (bass) and Ziv Ravitz (drums), explores a touching and poetic universe of music.

  • Larry McKenna and Bootsie Barnes

    Exit Zero International Jazz Festival is proud to welcome two Philadelphia treasures – premier jazz saxophonists Larry McKenna & Robert “Bootsie” Barnes. Carney’s Other Room, Sunday, November 8. 2pm

  • Ali Jackson Trio

    Ali Jackson Trio. Sunday, November 8. Congress Hall Ballroom. Noon. Ali Jackson, drummer in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, leads his trio in kicking off the third day of the Exit Zero International Jazz Festival. Joining Ali are Emmet Cohen on piano and Yasushi Nakamura on bass.

    “Ali Jackson [is as] expressive as he wants to be, with the ability to bend jazz rhythm into abstract art and then steer it back into a groove.”
    Ben Ratliff, NY Times

    “… Ali Jackson generates a subtle but irresistible force when he plays, making even the smallest gestures advance his agenda of locomotion.”
    Nate Chinen, NY Times

  • Oran Etkin: What’s New? Reimagining Benny Goodman

    Presented In Collaboration With the Israeli World Music and JazzPhest Congress Hall Ballroom, Sunday, November 8. 2:00pm
    Oran leads a stellar band in this Exit Zero International Jazz Festival performance featuring vibraphonist Steve Nelson, pianist Sullivan Fortner and drummer Alvester Garnett , plus Motéma labelmate Charenee Wade as guest vocalist. Oran Etkin: What’s New? Reimagining Benny Goodman is presented in collaboration with the Israeli World Music and JazzPhest and the Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cape May County.

  • WILL POWER: Tribute to the Music of Tower of Power

    Led by Festival favorite Edgardo Cintron, The WILL POWER band was conceived out of a love for the music of Tower of Power and an appreciation of the Funk music genre. Expect a high energy performance when The WILL Power Band takes the stages of the Exit Zero International Jazz Festival.

  • Ellen Priest

    LISTEN! Jazz: Color and Paper Constructions
    by Ellen Priest at Splash in Cape May

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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.

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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, Shane P. Meier, Jack Frank Scott, Ryan Krill, 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, 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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