Saturday, November 11, MusicConnects Stage at Schmidtchen Theater, 7:00PM
Friday, November 10, MusicConnects Stage at Schmidtchen Theater, 9:00PM
Longevity among jazz groups is a surprisingly rare commodity. With relatively few exceptions, a run of a few years, at most, is standard; for a collective of jazz musicians to stick together for a decade or more is almost unheard of. That puts Fourplay in a league of their own. Since 1990, bassist Nathan East, keyboardist Bob James, guitarist Chuck Loeb (who joined five years ago) and drummer Harvey Mason have continued to explore together, their efforts resulting in what All Music Guide called one of “the most intuitive, forward-thinking and focused groups in modern jazz.
- DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND
TERRANCE SIMIEN AND THE ZYDECO EXPERIENCE
““Simien is a ZydecoMaster: his voice yearning like Sam Cooke, he delivers soul worthy of Stax greats and shows crossover class.”
Friday, November 10, It’s a Breeze & Hawk Haven Vineyard Stage at Cape May Convention Hall, 7:00PM
Exit Zero Jazz welcomes jazz vocalist Jazzmeia Horn to Cape May! The Texas-born singer fulfills and surpasses expectations after winning top
honor at Thelonious Monk competition in 2015, as she steps out with her debut project Social Call, the first release on the historic Prestige label.
NEW BREED BRASS BAND
“These kids take the music and the ethos seriously. They get it. The way I see it, the future of the New Orleans brass band tradition is in their hands. I really believe that.” Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews
ETIENNE CHARLES & CREOLE SOUL
Saturday, November 11, It’s a Breeze & Hawk Haven Vineyard Stage at Cape May Convention Hall, 1:30PM
Hailed by The New York Times as “an auteur” and by JazzTimes as “A daring improviser who delivers with heart wrenching lyricism,” NPR’s All Things Considered calls Etienne, “a great young trumpeter his records filter calypso, reggae and other Afro-Caribbean musics into a modern jazz conception.” Critics and audiences alike continue to praise the Trinidadian’s exciting performances, thrilling compositions, and his charismatic onstage presence. Etienne is a Guggenheim Fellow in the Creative Arts, Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet and Teacher Scholar at Michigan State University, and has been written in to US Congressional Record for his musical contributions to Trinidad & Tobago and the World.
BRIAN BLADE & THE FELLOWSHIP BAND
Saturday, November 11, It’s a Breeze & Hawk Haven Vineyard Stage at Cape May Convention Hall, 4:30PM
ARTURO O’FARRILL & THE AFRO LATIN ORCHESTRA
Saturday, November 11, It’s a Breeze & Hawk Haven Vineyard Stage at Cape May Convention Hall, 9:00PM
“Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is one of the best jazz orchestras in existence, a powerhouse outfit whose precise section work is enhanced by thrilling soloists.
The New Yorker
*Sunday, November 12, It’s a Breeze & Hawk Haven Vineyard Stage at Cape May Convention Hall, 11:00AM
“There is a rare musical triple point where talent, vision, and a wicked sense-of-humor meet. Damn few artists ever make it there. I believe it must be the address of one Sasha Masakowski.”- All About Jazz
BROTHER JOSCEPHUS AND THE LOVE REVOLUTION
Since 2007 Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution has been on a musical mission to make the world a more righteous place. The two main visionaries of this 12-piece explosion of love – Brother Joscephus and his eccentric cohort, the Right Reverend Dean Dawg – dip heavily into a gumbo rich with the powerful rhythms of New Orleans, old school funk and soul, classic rock and a healthy dose of feel-good gospel music. BroJo combines all this with a message of righteousness, urging us towards acceptance and loving one another. When you combine the music and the message with a one-of-a-kind, high-energy stage spectacle, you got yourself one hell of a revolution on your hands.
MICHAEL PEDICIN, 2017 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Pedicin appears at the Exit Zero Jazz Festival with his working Quintet, featuring pianist Frank Strauss, bassist Mike Boone, drummer Anwar Marshall and long-time collaborator, guitarist-composer Johnnie Valentino.
Seeing a Spuyten Duyvil (pronounced “SPITE-en DIE+vul”) show for the first time is like “throwing a cherry bomb into a lake” (Rich Warren, WFMT). It wakes you up. Their brand of original and traditional American Roots music blends Olde Time, Blues, 2nd Line, Bluegrass, and Folk Rock with a pinch of Punk Rock energy to create a uniquely modern mix.
PEDRITO MARTINEZ GROUP
“Pedrito is a genius working with him has been a revelation to me.” Wynton Marsalis
“The Pedrito Martinez Group is the real thing. They had the club JUMPING! It made me feel like a teenager!” Quincy Jones
“The Pedrito Martinez Group is writing a new chapter in Cuban music history” NPR All Things Considered
“A rollicking style that guarantees a good night out!”
At The Shore Magazine