• 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 and 9:00pm

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

    Schmidtchen Theater Headline Stage. Friday, November 6 at 9:00pm

  • Bettye LaVette

    Cape May Convention Hall, Friday, November 6. 7:00pm. 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.

  • PhillyBloco

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

  • Pat Martino Trio with Horns

    Cape May Convention Hall, Saturday, November 7. 12:00pm. 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.

  • Marc Cary’s “Harlem Sessions” All-Stars

    Internationally renowned keyboard wizard Marc Cary brings his ultra-hip soul, jazz and electronica grooves to Cape May for an afternoon session of late night 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 and his new Thursday night 'Harlem Sessions' residency at the Gin Fizz speakeasy that’s rapidly gaining ground as one of the hottest jazz/soul hangs in New York City today.

  • 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

    Acclaimed bandleader, composer and clarinetist Oran Etkin pays a distinctly modern homage to the "King of Swing", Benny Goodman. What’s New? at once celebrates two sides of Benny Goodman: the music of his big band that launched the Swing Era and of his quartet that became the first mainstream racially-integrated band. 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. Congress Hall Ballroom, Sunday, November 8, 2:00pm

  • Larry McKenna and Bootsie Barnes
  • Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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)

  • The Skatalites

    "Jamaica's answer to the Motown house band and Booker T. and the MG's combined"

    "I first knew the bittersweet theme from "The Guns of Navarone" from a 1961 hit instrumental-but it was nothing like the Skatalites version that Don Drummond adapted. The melody is the same, of course, but with the blazing horns and heavily pronounced beat, it was totally on fire-and so full of life that remains the hallmark of ska and the Skatalites."

    "I saw the Skatalites at the Palace in Los Angeles in 1989, playing with Bad Manners. I remember how astonishingly tight they were, and how swinging their jazzy ska groove was. I've been an admirer for at least…wow, is it 20 years by now?"
    Phil Freeman | Managing Editor: GLOBAL RHYTHM MAGAZINE

    "I am comforted each time I hear The Skatalites. They are each and all a precious keepsake of what is wonderful and joyous about Jamaican culture."
    Pat McKay | Reggae Format Manager: SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO

  • Shai Maestro Trio

    Presented In Collaboration With the Israeli World Music and JazzPhest Aleathea’s, Saturday, November 7. Shows at 7:30pm and 10:00pm

    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. Untold Stories contains all that is great in modern jazz today, and truly displays the camaraderie and brotherhood in music that this trio possesses.
    “ . . .You owe it to yourself to discover the beauty that Maestro, Roeder and Ravitz make." – Peter Hum, The Ottawa Citizen

    “Maestro’s classical touch retains an expressive delicacy whatever the mood . . .
    His solo career is going to be one to watch.” **** – John Fordham, The Guardian

    “Thoughtful and melodic” – Nate Chinen, The New York Times

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

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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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