• FOURPLAY, Friday, November 10, 9:00pm

    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.

  • GREGORY PORTER, Saturday, November 11, 7:00pm

    Saturday, November 11, MusicConnects Stage at Schmidtchen Theater, 7:00PM

  • DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND, Thursday, November 9, 7:00pm

    A NIGHT IN NEW ORLEANS BENEFIT CONCERT, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9

    Celebrating 40 years since their founding in 1977, New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band has taken the traditional foundation of brass band music and incorporated it into a blend of genres including Bebop Jazz, Funk and R&B/Soul. This unique sound, described by the band as a musical gumbo, has allowed the Dirty Dozen to tour across 5 continents and 30 countries, record 12 studio albums and collaborate with a range of artists from Modest Mouse to Widespread Panic to Norah Jones. Forty years later, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world famous music machine whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances.

  • TERRANCE SIMIEN AND THE ZYDECO EXPERIENCE, Thursday, November 9, 7:00pm

    A NIGHT IN NEW ORLEANS BENEFIT CONCERT, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9
    “Simien is a ZydecoMaster: his voice yearning like Sam Cooke, he delivers soul worthy of Stax greats and shows crossover class.”
    Rolling Stone

  • LIZZ WRIGHT, Friday, November 10, 7:00pm

    Friday, November 10, It’s a Breeze & Hawk Haven Vineyard Stage at Cape May Convention Hall, 7:00PM
    Lauded American singer Lizz Wright’s latest project, GRACE, reveals the web of deep running roots of story and song that bind together the vastly diverse traditions that are the soul of the American South. Wright summons her Southern heritage and the spirit of the earth to usher us into a nurturing space that pulses and hums with the unspoken suggestion that grace is a cornerstone of our original state of being.

  • ETIENNE CHARLES & CREOLE SOUL, Saturday, November 11, 1:30pm

    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, 4:30pm

    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, 9:00pm

    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

  • RANKY TANKY, Sunday, November 12, 11am

    *Sunday, November 12, It’s a Breeze & Hawk Haven Vineyard Stage at Cape May Convention Hall, 11:00am
    “The biggest surprise of the evening, though, came not from Asia nor Africa. It came from South Carolina, where a quintet called Ranky Tanky has updated the Gullah tradition of the Georgia/Carolina sea islands with gospel vocals, jazz trumpet solos and an R&B rhythm section. Isolated on those islands, slaves developed their own language and music that remained more African than anything on the mainland, creating a culture like no other.

  • JAZZMEIA HORN

    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.

  • 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

  • TERRANCE SIMIEN ZYDECO EXPERIENCE

    “Simien is a ZydecoMaster: his voice yearning like Sam Cooke, he delivers soul worthy of Stax greats and shows crossover class.”
    Rolling Stone

  • 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

  • SASHA MASAKOWSKI

    “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

  • RANKY TANKY

    “The biggest surprise of the evening, though, came not from Asia nor Africa. It came from South Carolina, where a quintet called Ranky Tanky has updated the Gullah tradition of the Georgia/Carolina sea islands with gospel vocals, jazz trumpet solos and an R&B rhythm section. Isolated on those islands, slaves developed their own language and music that remained more African than anything on the mainland, creating a culture like no other.

  • 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.

  • SPUYTEN DUYVIL

    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.

  • BLUEBONE

    “A rollicking style that guarantees a good night out!”
    At The Shore Magazine

  • CINTRON
  • EDDIE MORGAN & REK’D 4 JAZZ

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