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

    Schmidtchen Theater / Music Connects Stage, Friday, April 21/East Coast Premier The funk is definitely in the house anytime Maceo takes the stage. But at this tribute to Ray Charles, soul is the watchword of the evening. Along with his pungent alto sax playing, listen for Maceo’s uncanny imitation of Ray’s vocals on soul classics like “What’d I Say,” “Busted” and “Hit the Road Jack.”

  • 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.

  • CHARNETT MOFFETT’S NETTWORK TRIO WITH BRIAN JACKSON, JEFF “TAIN” WATTS and SCOTT TIXIER

    Cape May Convention Hall / It’s a Breeze Stage, Friday, April 21 Whether playing upright bass or electric bass guitar, Moffett is a virtuoso, deep groover and a daredevil improviser on his instrument who is always open to experimenting in the moment. He also has an uncommonly melodic approach to the bass and carries many of the melodies in his Nettwork Trio on either fretless bass or piccolo bass. From Strata East to Kanye West, from straight-ahead jazz to straight-out funk, Brian Jackson is a straight-up American legend. Listen to the more than a dozen albums he co-wrote and produced with longtime partner Gil Scott-Heron and you are bound to have many ‘where have i heard that before? ‘ moments. One of his generation’s extraordinary talents, Scott Tixier has made a name for himself as a violinist-composer of wide-ranging ambition, individuality and drive, And “Tain” holds it all down with insistent backbeats, an incendiary sense of swing and a no-holds-barred approach to soloing.

  • 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 longtime collaborator, guitarist-composer Johnnie Valentino. Together they explore everything from searing Trane-inspired flights to relaxing ballads and urgent funk, with Pedicin’s sax sound leading the way. Cape May Convention Hall / It’s a Breeze & Hawk Haven Stage Stage, Saturday, April 22 at noon.

  • KENNY BARRON

    Cape May Convention Hall / It’s a Breeze Stage, Saturday, April 22, 3:00pm At the Exit Zero Jazz Festival, Kenny Barron will be performing a solo set consisting mainly of Thelonious Monk tunes (a throwback to his years with the Monk tribute band Sphere), mixed in with standards, sambas and originals. The results should be spell-binding

  • CHRISTIAN SCOTT aTUNDE ADJUAH Presents STRETCH MUSIC

    Cape May Convention Hall / It’s a Breeze Stage, Saturday, April 22, 9:00pm Great spirit music with strong political undertones, Stretch Music blends futuristic hip-hop beats with romantic harmonies and dreamy melodies and evocative solos wafting over the top. From the dynamic “Sunrise in Beijing” to the hard-hitting “West of the West,” the exotic “Liberation Over Gangsterism,” the nouveau swing of “Of a New Cool” and the moody “Tantric,” it’s an engaging musical tapestry.

  • DAISY CASTRO

    Daisy Castro returns to the Exit Zero Jazz Festival! Get ready to tap your toe to ebullient gypsy jazz fare like “Rhythmes Gitans” and Django Reinhardt’s “Swing 48” as well as Duke Ellington’s “Caravan.” Iron Pier Craft House, Friday, April 21 at 9 pm and 11 pm; Carney’s Other Room, Saturday, April 22 at 3:30 and 5pm; Sunday, April 23

  • BRIANNA THOMAS

    Her classy, sophisticated renditions of jazz standards like “Moonlight in Vermont,” “In a Mellow Tone” and “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” will sweep you away while her heartfelt interpretation of “What a Wonderful World” will bring goosebumps. And her earthy approach on double entendre blues numbers like “I Keep My Stove in Good Condition” will bring a smile to your face. Carney’s Other Room, Friday at 9 pm and 11:15 pm; Saturday at 1:30 pm

  • PHILLY GUMBO

    Get out on the dance floor and let Philadelphia’s premier groove and party band take over. From soulful remakes of Salt “N’ Pepa’s “What a Man” to the Staple Singers’ “I’ll Take You There” to the Meters’ “People Say” and Professor Longhair’s “Big Chief” Cabanas/Cape May Brewery Stage
    Friday, April 21 at 10 pm and Midnight; Saturday, April 22 at 1 pm and 3 pm

  • BRIAN BETZ & DENIS DIBLASIO QUARTET

    During the course of this straight ahead quartet’s set you might hear a blazing take on “Secret Love” followed by a tender interpretation of Duke Ellington’s “Satin Doll” then a surging rendition of Joe Henderson’s “Inner Urge” or Betz’s swinging original “Razor Sharp.” And it’s always full steam ahead when these two virtuosos take the stage. Carney’s Other Room, Saturday, April 22 at 9:15 pm and 11 pm; Sunday, April 23 at 1:15 pm and 3:45 pm

  • STOOGES BRASS BAND

    New Orleans. The Stooges’ brand of raucous, high energy, throwdown party music, exemplified by their energetic renditions of “Wind It Up” and “Where Ya From?,” is both contagious and guaranteed to get bodies moving and booties shaking on the dance floor. Carney’s Main Room, Friday, April 21, 8pm and 10pm; Saturday, April 22 at 12:30 and 2:30pm

  • FREDDIE HENDRIX

    With a bold tone and a confident sense of swing, Hendrix commands the stage with his trumpet, elevating the bandstand with his take-no-prisoners approach to soloing. Whether he’s covering Freddie Hubbard’s “Hubtones,” blowing through the changes on Bronislaw Caper’s “Invitation” or swinging on his own urgent “The Journey Man,” this Jersey Cat is definitely dealing. It’s a Breeze and Hawk Haven Stage at Cape May Convention Hall, Sunday, April 23 at noon

  • PHILLYBLOCO

    The ultimate world music party band from the City of Brotherly Love, PhillyBloco brings a rollicking energy to the bandstand with infectious rhythms that are guaranteed to loosen inhibitions, stir your soul and make you sweat. Cabanas/Cape May Brewery Stage, Saturday, April 22 at 10 pm and Midnight; Sunday, April 23 at 3:00pm and 5:00pm

  • CHARNETT MOFFETT

    Whether playing upright bass or electric bass guitar, Moffett is a virtuoso, deep groover and a daredevil improviser on his instrument who is always open to experimenting in the moment. Iron Pier Craft House, Saturday, April 22, 8:45 & 10:45PM

  • FRANK BEY

    Born in Millen, Georgia, the son of gospel singer Maggie Joran, Frank Bey is a perennial favorite at Exit Zero Jazz Festival. With his natural crowd-pleasing ability and rich, soulful voice, he has been winning over audiences in the Philadelphia and New Jersey area since re-emerging on the scene in 1996 after a prolonged absence. His triumphant return was heralded by his 1998 comeback album Steppin Out. He followed that up in 2008 with Blues in the Pocket. Bey’s latest release, 2014’s Soul For Your Blues, was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the Soul Blues Album of the Year category by the Blues Music Foundation in Memphis. That same prestigious organization nominated Bey for 2016 Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year.
    Carney’s Main Room, Saturday, April 22, 8pm+10 pm; Sunday, April 23, 2:30pm + 4:30pm

  • CHRISTIAN SANDS TRIO

    The future jazz star has an abundance of piano technique which he applies in a wide variety of settings from stride to swing, bebop, fusion, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban styles, all delivered with a deeply rich and soulful feeling. Cape May Convention Hall / It’s a Breeze & Hawk Haven Stage, April 23, 1:30pm

  • JAZZ NIGHT AT THE EBBITT ROOM WITH PAULA JOHNS & PAUL SOTTILE

    Jazz Night At The Ebbitt Room with vocalist Paula Johns and pianist Paul Sottile. The Ebbitt Room’s beloved house pianist is joined by vocalist Paula Johns well known to Jazz Fest audiences. Dinner Reservations Required. Limited, first-come, first served seating in the Ebbitt Room bar and lounge. This is not an official Festival event.

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