• PAT METHENY & RON CARTER, Saturday, April 23, Schmidtchen Theater, 5pm/8pm

    Guitarist Pat Metheny is a 20 time Grammy winning guitarist and one of the most important and influential musicians of the past 40 years. Bassist Ron Carter stands tall as the most revered and recorded bassist of all time; a former member of Miles Davis’s iconic 1960’s quintet. Following their triumphant and critically acclaimed performance at the 2015 Detroit Jazz Festival, the two legendary musicians enjoyed their time together so much that they decided to join forces to present a select number of concerts around the world in 2016. Exit Zero Jazz Festival presents Pat Metheny & Ron Carter, Schmidtchen Theater – Whale’s Tale Stage. Saturday, April 23, Shows at 5:00pm and 8:00pm

  • LISA FISCHER GRAND BATON, Friday, April 22, Schmidtchen Theater, 9pm

    Hitting the Schmidtchen Theater stage at the Exit Zero Jazz Festival for the first time, the star of the Oscar-winning documentary Twenty Feet From Stardom, Lisa Fischer is best known as the woman who sings her heart out with the Rolling Stones – her Gimme Shelter guests with Mick Jagger have millions of hits. Friday, April 22, Schmidtchen Theater at 9:00pm. Show Tickets 3 Day Pass, Friday Pass

    “Her glamorous-girl-next-door quality makes fans all over the world think she’s their own secret discovery.” (Broadway World)

    “She brought down the house in the single best show I’ve seen in the many years I’ve visited Birdland.” (The New York Times)

    “You know you’re in the presence of greatness when the hair on the back of your neck stands up. On her own stage, [Fischer] exuded supreme confidence. The display of vocal magic was mesmerizing . . . quiet and subtle until the mighty shout was unleashed . . . .” (The Edmonton Sun)

  • PAT METHENY & RON CARTER, Saturday, April 23, Schmidtchen Theater, 5pm/8pm

    Guitarist Pat Metheny is a 20 time Grammy winning guitarist and one of the most important and influential musicians of the past 40 years. Bassist Ron Carter stands tall as the most revered and recorded bassist of all time; a former member of Miles Davis’s iconic 1960’s quintet. Following their triumphant and critically acclaimed performance at the 2015 Detroit Jazz Festival, the two legendary musicians enjoyed their time together so much that they decided to join forces to present a select number of concerts around the world in 2016. Exit Zero Jazz Festival presents Pat Metheny & Ron Carter, Schmidtchen Theater – Whale’s Tale Stage. Saturday, April 23, Shows at 5:00pm and 8:00pm

    “[Carter] is arguably the greatest bass player jazz has ever known.” – Philadelphia Inquirer

    “… the always innovative Carter pushes forward with a sound as fresh as ever.” – USA Today

    “Ron Carter is the greatest jazz bassist ever, with his unparalleled gift for creating bass lines.” – Bass Player Magazine

  • Pedrito Martinez Group, Friday, April 22, Cape May Convention Hall, 6pm

    THE PEDRITO MARTINEZ GROUP
    “The Pedrito Martinez Group is the real thing. They had the club JUMPING! It made me feel like a teenager!”
    Quincy Jones, May 28, 2013

    “Pedrito is a genius…working with him has been a revelation to me.”
    Wynton Marsalis Sept, 2014

    “The Pedrito Martinez Group is writing a new chapter in Cuban music history”
    NPR All Things Considered

    “…dizzying rhythmic webs, songs within songs, and the thrill of real Cuban rumba transformed into something as hip and irresistible as great pop.”
    Larry Blumenfeld, Wall Street Journal Oct 17, 2013

    “The more you listen to [Martinez], the more you realize he is, almost impossibly, both a cosmopolitan entertainer and an authentic folklorist.”
    NPR Music First Listen Sept 29, 2013.

  • Joey Alexander, Friday, April 22, Cape May Convention Hall, 7:15pm

    On his way to becoming one of the greatest jazz artists of our time
    Lester Holt, The Today Show

    A thoughtful musician as well as a natural one, with a sophisticated harmonic palette and a dynamic sensitivity
    The New York Times

    If the word “genius” still means anything, it applies to this prodigy
    Downbeat

    Magnificent not only for his virtuosity — plenty of prodigies have outsized chops — but for his maturity and perception.
    Jazz Times

  • Brian Betz Quartet featuring Behn Gillece

    Brian Betz-guitar; Behn Gillece-vibe; Chris Simonini-organ; Bob Shomo-drums

  • René Marie, Saturday, April 23, Cape May Convention Hall, 12:00pm

    She’s got moxie.” Essence Magazine

    “Ms. Marie has a smart, clear voice; she pushes her principles to the
    front of her work and playfully demands respect.” New York Times

    “Backed by a stellar quartet that she gave plenty of room to roam, Marie performed a focused, intense set drawn mostly from her recent tribute to Eartha Kitt…Marie tackled tunes associated with the late singer/actress, including “Peel Me a Grape”, which Marie turned into an uproarious and commanding anthem of female empowerment…A forceful stage presence…Marie, who doesn’t shy away from disclosing her personal struggles and demons, closed her engaging set with some as-yet-unrecorded original compositions, including the heartrending “Go Home” and uplifting “Blessings”. Joel Roberts, NYC Jazz Record

  • John Scofield Joe Lovano Quartet, Saturday, April 23, Cape May Convention Hall, 3pm

    …the most fervent festival buzz this year was reserved for the quartet co-led by guitarist John Scofield and saxophonist Joe Lovano. These two jazz giants reveled in each other’s company with joyful energy, accompanied by a powerful and deeply grooving rhythm section
    The Age (Australia)

    Scofield’s muse has evolved from guitar standards to post-bop to fusion and back again. He wears a gilded robe as the modern messiah of “Terminator jazz”.
    Downbeat

    After 30 albums as a leader and at least 25 years in the spotlight, it’s clear Joe Lovano is more than a dominant figure in jazz. He’s jazz’s answer to George Clooney or Jeff Bridges, a vibrant player who delivers an award-worthy performance every time out.
    Wall Street Journal

  • Son Little

    Even though Little, a.k.a. Aaron Livingston, is literally “the son of a preacher man,” he seems uninterested in adhering to the iconography of vintage soul, preferring instead to point his path toward the future. Before adopting his current moniker, Little entered the public consciousness via collaborations with The Roots and electronic producer RJD2. But on his own, he builds an idiosyncratic musical world from the ground up.

  • High & Mighty Brass Band

    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!”

  • Joanna Pascale

    Joanna Pascale is a singer of sophisticated taste, profound expression and raw emotion. She delivers modern interpretation of timeless standards with an intimate attention to lyric & sparkling musicality.

    “Joanna Pascale isn’t the sort of jazz vocalist who draws attention to herself at the expense of a lyric……she also doesn’t settle for songs whose words don’t deserve the attention.” – Washington Post

    “Stunning, sophisticated and extremely soulful” – Philadelphia Weekly

  • Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution
  • Amina Figarova Sextet

    “… Her latest release, “Blue Whisper,” arguably the best in a series of consistently strong albums, has already garnered considerable international critical acclaim and reinforces her status as one of the finest jazz composers in the world…” by George Halas for new.scenenewspaper.com

    “… This is a band that built its reputation playing original repertoire, each musician a powerful soloist in his or her own right; yet it is their signature interplay that moves the Amina Figarova Sextet above and beyond the vast majority of large chamber ensembles in modern jazz and places the pianist among the top echelon of composer/bandleaders….” by Andrea Canter for jazzpolice.com

    “… She is a major artist…” by Jack Massarik for the London Evening Standard

  • Nadjah Nicole

    Nadjah Nicole is a breath of fresh air on the music scene. She has a distinct vocal style that is rooted in gospel music.

    Nadjah and her band cite R&B and pop artists such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Erykah Badu, Laura Izibor and many others as inspiration. Their focus is on making an impact on the music scene by performing a wide range of everyone’s favorites as well as original music.

    Nadjah Nicole performs a standard serving of soul music with a pop and jazz twist. As a band, they continually explore their own given talents, and continue to make good music together.

  • Breckerville

    Breckerville is a unique jazz sextet formed in 2012 which is dedicated to celebrating the music of The Brecker Brothers, trumpeter Randy and the late great saxophonist Michael and the other “super groups” they pioneered. The band consists of six veteran players Bob Ferguson trumpet & flugelhorn, Carl Cox tenor saxophone, Vic Stevens drums, Andy Lalasis acoustic & electric bass, Matthew McCloskey guitar, Demetrios Pappas keyboards.

    Breckerville performs compositions by Randy & Michael Brecker, Joey Calderazzo, Don Grolinik, Warren Bernhardt, Pat Metheny and Mike Mainieri of Steps Ahead and other composers of the era. The incredible talent and versatility of the musicians of the Jazz Rock Fusion era in American Music collectively transcended the boundaries of contemporary Jazz forever.
    The band continues to push the musical boundaries by embellishing on the complex improvisational, rhythmic, and harmonic writings through jazz educational events and live performances.

  • Sofia Rei

    “… Rei and her band treated us to stellar musicianship and genre-bending music.”
    -NPR music

    “As the Argentine singer Sofía Rei Koutsovitis led her multinational band, the passion and clarity with which she assayed a tricky mix of South American rhythms and jazz-inflected harmonies made clear why she has been embraced by New York City audiences from Carnegie Hall to the hippest downtown haunts.”
    Phil Lutz- The New York Times

    “leading light of Latin Jazz”
    -Village Voice

    “a dynamic jazz-inflected sound that is surprisingly and satisfyingly rich in texture (…) De Tierra Y Oro shows that intelligent and sensitive fusion has a future.” – Songlines (UK)

  • Lee Fields and the Expressions, Saturday, April 23, Cape May Convention Hall, 7pm

    Though he’s the backbone of revival labels like Soul Fire and Truth & Soul, Lee Fields is anything but a revivalist soul singer. The 64-year-old has been going strong since 1969, though the past 15 years have arguably been the most robust in his career. Along with Daptone strutter Charles Bradley, Fields is at the vanguard of the genre, a master of sounds crafted in Philadelphia, Detroit and Memphis. With a whetted horn section and a band entrenched in the pocket, Fields explodes into howling, scraped melodies on faithfulness (or lack thereof).

  • Ameranouche

    That Vibrant Rumble: Ameranouche Taps Merrily Into the Past, From Philly to Paris to Istanbul, on Sun Shine Soul

    “We create a vehicle for three people to express themselves in the most joyous fashion they can conjure in that moment. It’s about hooking into that energy that’s beyond human reasoning,” smiles guitarist Richard “Shepp” Sheppard of the Boston-based gypsy flamenco swing trio Ameranouche.

    Their joy is infectious, whether they are evoking an exuberant late-night stroll down cobbled streets or the enigmatic smile of a shoal lighthouse. The group starts with the spark and bounce of Django Reinhardt’s hot jazz, but takes it further, not resting on mere recreation of the famous gypsy jazz master and touching everything from Ottoman traditions to American pop genres like Philly soul.

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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.

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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