AN EVENING WITH CHRIS BOTTI, Saturday, April 21
8:00pm, Music Connects Stage at Schmidtchen Theater. Click here to purchase tickets to An Evening With Chris Botti. To purchase VIP PASSES which include reserved seats to all Exit Zero Jazz Festival concerts call Exit Zero Jazz at 609-849-9202.
- FRANK BEY
THE BAYLOR PROJECT, Friday, April 20
“The Baylor Project” pays homage to their wide ranging musical influences, and in so doing, they generate an eclectic sound whose overall effect is spiritual, buoyant, and feel good music. Soulful. Melodic. Authentic. “The Baylor Project.”
“Married musicians vocalist Jean Baylor and drummer Marcus Baylor have created a captivating “project” that meets at the 3-way intersection of Jazz, Gospel and Legacy. Brimming with aural snapshots of their individual roots and the sacred space where they come together, it is a very unique album that soothes the soul…” -Urban Music Scene (by A. Scott Galloway)
DEVA MAHAL, Saturday, April 21
Vocalist Deva Mahal returns to the Exit Zero Jazz Festival Saturday, April 21.
Daughter of the legendary Taj Mahal, Deva Mahal was born with the blues in her blood. Becoming the genre-defying artist, powerhouse vocalist and astute songwriter that she is today could only be achieved through living a life rich with pain, joy, loss, love, heartache and experience. A soul as singular as Deva’s can only find voice through an equally unique sound, which she’s forged by growing her blues roots through the fertile soil of modern R&B, indie-pop, soul, rock and gospel.
WILLIAM BELL & THE MEMPHIS SOUL REVUE, Saturday, April 21
In the midst of a thrilling comeback following his critically acclaimed album This is Where I Live, soul legend William Bell brings the Stax revivalcomplete with horns and Hammond organto Cape May for the Exit Zero Jazz Festival.
JOEY ALEXANDER TRIO, Sunday, April 22
Since coming to the United States in 2014, the response to Joey has been astonishing. The Bali-born 14-year old has experienced one of the most rapidly ascendant careers in jazz history. Since releasing his chart-topping albums, My Favorite Things (2015) and Countdown (2016), Joey has earned a combined three GRAMMY® Award nominations, making him the youngest jazz artist ever nominated for a GRAMMY® Award. His musical adroitness earned him appearances on the GRAMMY® Awards, The Today Show, CNN, as well as CBS 60 Minutes profile by Anderson Cooper, fueling a rare level of public notoriety for Joey as a jazz musician, both within the jazz community and among the public at large. Joey returns to the Exit Zero Jazz Festival for his third appearance,having previously performed at both the 2015 and 2016 Festivals.
BRIA SKONBERG, Friday & Saturday, April 20 & 21
“Ms. Skonberg has become the shining hope of hot jazz, on the strength of a clarion trumpet style indebted to Louis Armstrong, a smooth purr of a
singing voice inspired by Anita O’Day and the wholesome glow of youth” -Nate Chinen, NY Times
HIGH & MIGHTY BRASS BAND, Friday & Saturday, April 20 & 21
There’s a reason that musical trailblazers from Galactic to DJ Logic have recently chosen to collaborate with High and Mighty Brass Band! and legends such as Dr. John, Rebirth Brass Band, and Trombone Shorty have chosen them to share the stage. Co-mingling band members from New Orleans, NYC, and a host of other cities across the globe, this dynamic krewe has the unique ability to combine classic New Orleans Funk and R&B with more modern Afro-Beat and Hip Hop influences.
Their live performances are both fiercely entertaining and refreshingly inspiring, connecting the band with each and every audience member. Just catching a single performance will make it abundantly clear why HMBB! is known as “a party in progress!”
- HEATHER GILLIS, Saturday & Sunday, April 21-22
SAMMY MILLER AND THE CONGREGATION, Saturday & Sunday, April 21 & 22
SAMMY MILLER AND THE CONGREGATION ARE ON A MISSION TO PUT THE GENEROSITY BACK INTO JAZZ AND BRING ART BACK TO THE PEOPLE.
THEY PLAY JOYFUL JAZZMUSIC THAT FEELS GOOD. IT IS A STYLE THAT ENTERTAINS, ENRICHES, BUT MOST OF ALL UPLIFTS.