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August 6th, 2015



Rebirth Brass Band at Exit o Jazz Fest | Photo by Roger La May

The amazing Exit 0 Jazz Festival, held this past weekend along the well kept beaches of Cape May, is one of this region's best kept secrets. At least it was to me and almost all of the folks I have been telling about it. Who would have thought that a little taste of New Orleans, both in music and vibe, could be found at the very southern tip of the Garden State Parkway (thus "Exit 0") with Atlantic breezes on a beautiful weekend?

I attended at the last minute to catch Paul Jost's ambitious jazz take on the 40th anniversary of Springsteen's Born to Run. (see Shaun Brady's earlier report). As I drove the parkway, I listened to a story on "The World" about the 11 year old Indonesian jazz prodigy Joey Alexander, now being mentored by Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis. Walking into the convention center, I was stunned, even confused, to find Joey on stage. He definitely looks 11 but plays with the flair and chops of a seasoned musician. After listening to Jost's fine band, I wandered to the short strip of music bars along the water and was delighted to find a trio of great bands.

Not only did it feel like N'awlins in that you could bounce from one bar to the next and find an incredible range of artistry but two of my choices were New Orleans stalwarts. John "Papa" Gros plays a funky swamp organ and offered up a great version of "Junko Partner". Next door you couldn't get more Big Easy than the infectious ReBirth Brass Band. I confess I caught three sets of theirs over the weekend and was hungry for more. I also sandwiched in a enchanting set by Cuban singer Gato Gatell with Sin Frontera in a tiny upstairs dining room. That was just Friday and I didn't catch several acclaimed jazz artists playing in walking distance.

Given that Friday, I was back for Saturday kicking off outdoors at the Physick estate with compelling vocalist Charenee Wade and more ReBirth. Then one of the highlights of the weekend, Cuban singer and engaging showman Pepito Gomez, played an oceanfront hotel deck. It was idyllic and made me long for Havana's Malecon. The headliner of the weekend took the New Orleans theme over the top. Dr John and the Nite Trippers started at the wrong time (about an hour late) but their funk was in the right place. For those who waited, the nearly two hour set just kept getting stronger as it went on. The good 74-year-old Dr's voice is strong and his playing is the real thing. Then it was back to the bars for gypsy jazz violinist Daisy Castro. She may be just 18 but plays with soul and grace. A good way to end the night was the driving blues guitar of Selwyn Birchwood, someone I have been trying to see for some time.

On my way out of town Sunday, I grabbed a set of upcoming XPoNential Festival artist The Lost Bayou Ramblers. XPN fans are in for a treat when they see the Michot brothers brand of Louisiana "Cajun punk." Wow! It was an unanticipated weekend of discovery.

Hats off to Michael Klein and all the folks in Cape May that make this jewel of a festival happen. Apparently they do it twice a year and I don't plan to miss it.

June 3rd, 2015

Exit Zero Jazz Festival takes over Cape May, Shaun Brady

Exit Zero Jazz Festival takes over Cape May, Shaun Brady

By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
POSTED: June 03, 2015
CAPE MAY- Michael Kline hoisted an enormous wrench in one hand as he stepped to the microphone at Cape May Convention Hall on Friday to welcome the audience to the Exit Zero Jazz Festival. The fest producer meant to signify the work that had gone into preparing the three-day festival, which takes over the Victorian Shore town twice a year.

The next night, on the same stage, it seemed not every bolt had quite been tightened. Headliner Dr. John appeared more than an hour behind schedule. And when Kline introduced him, saying, “Good things come to those who wait,” he was met with a surprisingly hostile chorus of boos.

Maybe summer was to blame for not being in full swing yet. Maybe the beachgoers were not yet relaxed enough to spend an extra 70 minutes waiting for the 74-year-old New Orleans legend. Those who declined to join the stampede of walkouts were treated to the sight of Mac Rebennack in a devilish red suit, black hat, and shades, taking the stage with the aid of a pair of walking sticks adorned with bones and feathers.

The Doctor’s trademark swamp croak sounded strong, his piano playing vigorous against the backdrop of his almost too-polished Nite Trippers band. The set was split between Rebennack hits (“Right Place Wrong Time,” “Such a Night”) and New Orleans classics (“Iko Iko,” “St. James Infirmary Blues”).

Friday’s Convention Hall headliner celebrated another classic, albeit in radically reimagined form. Jersey-born vocalist Paul Jost’s 40th-anniversary tribute to favorite son Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” took inventive liberties with its source material, leaving out guitar and sax in favor of Tony Miceli’s vibes and John Swana’s EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument), a trumpet-synth hybrid. The show’s highlight turned “Night” into an atmospheric Beat poetry reading, segueing into a powerful, tumultuous “Backstreets.”

Not every performer at the festival had such history. Opening Friday’s set from the other end of the spectrum was pianist Joey Alexander, an 11-year-old prodigy from Indonesia who has captured a great deal of media attention. Barely as tall as the piano, Joey is undeniably impressive, with a sensitivity of touch and rhythmic and harmonic imagination that belie his years. His limited interaction with his bandmates and parroting of his influences won’t continue to reap the kinds of enthusiastic ovations he received in Cape May after adolescence, however, so it remains to be seen whether spectacle can be transformed into longevity.

The bulk of the festival happened in the bars and restaurants lining Beach Avenue. Strolling a single-block stretch, it was possible to hear New Orleans funk singer/keyboardist John “Papa” Gros in Carney’s main room, silver-maned blues-rocker Geno White in the bar’s second room, then dance past midnight with the Rebirth Brass Band at Cabanas.

Saturday brought the music outside to the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, a Victorian house museum. Chilean-born saxophonist Melissa Aldana showed off her impressive Sonny Rollins-inspired tenor work fronting her stripped-down Crash Trio, which allows her prodigious technique free rein over blistering drums and bass. Struggling against a distortion-plagued sound system, vibraphonist Joe Locke nevertheless played a vivid set with his “Love is a Pendulum” project, highlighted by the colorful interplay of his vibes and Robert Rodriguez’s Fender Rhodes.

Rebirth Brass Band then reappeared, with a more family-friendly but no less raucous performance after the previous night’s midnight set.

Soulful singer Charenee Wade ended the day with a tribute to Gil Scott-Heron, featuring the fiery sax playing of Lakecia Benjamin. Back on Beach Avenue, organist Brian Charette locked into smart, tight grooves with his trio despite the small dinner-hour crowd. Later that night, trumpeter Sean Jones engaged in snarky banter with the post-Dr. John crowd at Aleathea’s, the same looseness and humor reflected in his quartet’s window-rattling set.

Sunday morning offered weekend revelers a chance for redemption with a gospel brunch featuring the choir from Atlantic City’s Second Baptist Church, which celebrated its “45 years of declaring war against Satan in song” while listeners enjoyed coffee and waffles.

The fall iteration of the Exit Zero Jazz Festival begins Nov. 29. The headlining act will be Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

May 26th, 2015

Paul Jost will put a jazz spin on Bruce Springsteen for the Exit 0 Festival  May 26th, 2015 | 4:20PM | By Shaun Brady

Paul Jost will put a jazz spin on Bruce Springsteen for the Exit 0 Festival May 26th, 2015 | 4:20PM | By Shaun Brady

Paul Jost will put a jazz spin on Bruce Springsteen for the Exit 0 Festival

Under normal circumstances, a jazz festival might not seem like the most appropriate occasion to celebrate the 40th anniversary of a Bruce Springsteen album. But the Exit 0 Jazz Festival happens in New Jersey, and in New Jersey Bruce Springsteen is right for every occasion. And the album in question is Born To Run, which essentially qualifies as an extra gospel in the state.

So on May 29, South Jersey-based vocalist Paul Jost will perform his jazz reimagining of Born To Run in Cape May Convention Hall as the headlining event of the first night of this year's Exit 0 Festival. Jersey or not, in Jost's hands the music of the Boss' most iconic album will actually sound like jazz. Jost, a veteran arranger who has worked in a variety of contexts as a music director in Atlantic City casinos, as a musician for commercial jingles, and as a composer for major music libraries has decades of experience under his belt molding music to fit any number of situations.

"As a journeyman arranger, you can be given a lot of different tasks," Jost says. "Every few months I'd be asked for dramatic orchestral music or country or techno. Whatever it was, I loved diving into different things, exploring, and finding out what this stuff is about, which has been part of my whole make-up as a musician."

A more personal side of that make-up was on display last week at City Hall, where The J?st Project performed as part of the afternoon "Jazz in the Gallery" series. The quartet, actually the brainchild of vibraphonist Tony Miceli but named over his objections for the singer, draws a large part of its repertoire from the classic rock songbook. On that Wednesday lunch hour, a moving vocalese rendition of jazz guitar great Jim Hall's "Waltz New" was followed by a bossa-fied version of the Beatles' "And I Love Her" and a blues-rooted rendition of Ashford and Simpson's "I Don't Need No Doctor," featuring call-and-response backing vocals from the audience. The set also included a tender read of the folk classic "Shenandoah" and a rhythmically intricate "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida." (Below, watch them cover Donovan at World Cafe Live last year.)

While Jost counts himself a fan of Springsteen's music, he doesn't consider himself a devotee. He worked with his friend, arranger and composer Barry Miles, to create new arrangements for a stellar band featuring Miceli, pianist Jim Ridl, John Swana on EVI and trombone, bassist Chico Huff, and drummer Anwar Marshall. With neither guitar nor saxophone in the band, Springsteen's chugging riffs will necessarily be transformed, and when Jost sings "Then the big man joined the band" on "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out," there won't be a Clarence Clemons-style sax line in response.

"I'm not an authority on Bruce, but I really love his lyrics and I'm a Jersey boy," Jost says. "Bruce has done so much for music, he's a great songwriter and a great humanitarian and I love the energy he puts out. I think we've honored his music. I try to take a different slant or viewpoint on the lyrics or present the story in a slightly different way than you might have already heard. But you'll know what the songs are they're not so abstract that you won't recognize them."

The idea for the Born To Run performance came instead from festival director Michael Kline. Speaking before last year's spring festival about founding Exit 0 in place of the defunct Cape May Jazz Festival, Kline explained, "Cape May is different than the other shore towns. It doesn't roll up its sidewalks after Labor Day. It really is a year-round town and has much more to offer than just the beach. So I was excited about putting my own stamp on the festival and doing it in a different way."

That includes concepts like Jost's Born To Run show, but also explains the heavy presence of New Orleans jazz artists on the festival bill. While he was born in Reading and grew up spending summers in Cape May, Kline lived and worked in New Orleans from 1992 to 2005. This year's line-up includes the Rebirth Brass Band and Big Easy royalty in the person of Dr. John, who headlines on Saturday night.

Other festival highlights include saxophonist Melissa Aldana's Crash Trio, trumpeter Sean Jones, singer Charenee Wade's tribute to Gil Scott-Heron, vibraphonist Joe Locke, and organist Brian Charette. 11-year-old piano prodigy Joey Alexander, recently featured in the New York Times, will open for Jost on Friday. For tickets and more information, visit the Exit 0 website.

April 30th, 2015

Cherry Hill Courier Post Trumpets Exit Zero Jazz

Cherry Hill Courier Post Trumpets Exit Zero Jazz

Not everyone is cut out for the music festival scene.

The first thing that becomes apparent to someone who may be in over their head is the notion that, woah, there's no way we're going to see all of these bands, eat all of this food and drink all of these drinks.

It's too much. Of everything. Everywhere you look. Lots and lots of stuff to do.

And it goes on forever, seemingly. You start early in the day and then by noon you're questioning the laws of the universe. Time: what is it? How does it work? Where are we all moving, in life?

Sometimes we need to take a deep breath and try on a festival more our size. The Exit 0 Jazz Festival, slated for May 29-31, is the perfect sort of vibe for anyone who isn't ready to commit to Coachella-level craziness just yet.

Oh, and the lineup! This year features the legendary Dr. John & The Nite Trippers and Grammy winners the Rebirth Brass Band, in addition to more than 30 other house shows. You also have food vendors galore (including some incredibly inventive food truck options) and a whole lot of other live entertainment.

You can't go wrong with this mellow, good time. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

- Matt Chimento

April 22nd, 2015




Cape May, NJ (April 20, 2015) — In 1975, who would have thought there would be a concert performance celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Springsteen's epic, Born to Run? Now, Exit Zero Jazz Festival has commissioned vocalist, drummer, composer and arranger Paul Jost, himself a native of the Garden State, to reimagine in a jazz context the music of Bruce Springsteen's Born To Run. The concert will take place on Saturday, May 29, 2015 at 8 p.m. on the Bob Simon Memorial Stage at the Cape May Convention Hall with Joey Alexander and his trio opening, the 11 year old jazz piano prodigy.
Inviting Paul Jost to arrange and present Springsteen's Born to Run was an easy selection according to Michael Kline, Producer of Exit Zero. He said, "When we began to think about the Springsteen project with its obvious connections to New Jersey, and how best to make clear the not so obvious connection Born to Run has to the jazz world, we began to think about an artist who could take the ideas and make it work for a festival audience. It took us about a half of a second before we selected Paul Jost.”

The innovative Paul Jost, a popular performer in the region who is becoming known on the international jazz scene, is a prolific arranger and composer. He has written over 40 CD’s, including the highly acclaimed song "Book Faded Brown," that has been recorded by The Band, Carl Perkins and Rick Danko and is included in his latest recording "Breaking Through" (Dot Time Records.)

The Springsteen project is an exciting venture for Jost. He feels very appreciative of this opportunity and said, "I'm honored to have been tapped by Michael Kline, as the person to re-imagine the music of such an iconic artist from my native state. I love the images Springsteen paints with his lyrics and they serve as the inspiration for our reinvention of the music." This is, in a way, a collaborative effort by Jost. In addition to his arrangements, Jost has asked internationally renowned vibraphonist Tony Miceli and legendary musician Barry Miles to write arrangements as well. Jost has assembled an incredible band made up of great artists and friends that include Jim Ridl-piano, John Swana-E.V.I., Chico Huff-bass, Anwar Marshall-drums, and vibraphonist Tony Miceli.”

Jost, who performs frequently in the Philadelphia and South Jersey region, has extended his stage credits to New York, Germany and South Korea. This year, he's been performing at the well-known New York jazz club, 55 Bar, and this April he performed in Germany at Jazzahead!, the world's largest jazz conference. With his band, The Jost Project who perform the classic rock of the 60's and 70's in a jazz format, he toured South Korea last summer.

Originally a drummer, over the years Jost's musical talents extended to guitar and harmonica, but it’s his voice that truly makes him a standout. His vocals are so soulful that music critic Buster Maxwell wrote, “He nearly single-handedly reclaims the male voice as a valid and critically important jazz instrument.” Peter McLaren in Jazz in Europe wrote about his new album and said, With "Breaking Through", Paul Jost has shown that he is a force to be reckoned with and an artist that deserves to be seen on all great festival stages worldwide. This album is one of the best jazz CD's I've had the pleasure of listening to." Music Journalist Esther Berlanga-Ryan said, "Paul Jost is the very essence of Vocal Jazz today. Breaking Through is an album filled with beauty and perfection."

Jost is involved in many exciting projects including the release of two recordings with Dot Time Records in a one-year period. His first solo CD is appropriately titled Breaking Through because he, literally, breaks through traditional boundaries and conventions in each song on the album. His arrangements are being applauded as much as his voice. In August, 2013, the album Can’t Find My Way Home was released by Dot Time Records, performed by The Jost Project, the band launched by vibraphonist Tony Miceli and including bassist Kevin MacConnell, drummer Charlie Patierno and Paul as vocalist/harmonicist/arranger.

In addition, there are many other music collaborations he is involved in that include performances and recordings. He sings in The Diane Monroe Sextet, “What is This Thing Called Freedom” featuring violinist Diane Monroe. In the past few years, Paul has recorded three separate duo projects. One with bassist Tim Lekan, Side by Side (Independent), a second with flutist Mark Adler, Silver Whispers (Arabesque,) and a third (to be released late in 2014), Where We Meet with pianist, Frank Strauss. Jost is both singer and arranger in the jazz ensembles Antfarm Quartet featuring pianist Jim Ridl, Tim Lekan and drummer Bob Shomo. His recently released work includes CD’s with: Antfarm Quartet Dialogues Pt. 2 and Live @ The Colony Theater, (Dreambox Media); Andy Lalasis Fret Not (Independent), Carolyn Nelson Come a Little Closer (Independent) and as drummer for Susan Goodman’s Central Park West and vocalist on her, Live Out Loud (Soozaroo Music). He is guest lecturer and teacher at several colleges and universities including University of the Arts in Philadelphia and West Chester University in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Jost also played drums in the Off- Broadway production of Andy Warhol's "Man On The Moon" featuring John Phillips (Mamas and the Papas).

Born and raised in Southern New Jersey, Paul still resides in the area and is proud to have served as musical director at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City. He also served as music director for singer Morgana King. The list of artists he has performed or recorded with is extensive including Billy Eckstine, Mark Murphy, George Mesterhazy, Ann Hampton Calloway, Sylvia Simms, Bobby Scott, Sivuca, Dr. John, Bucky Pizzarelli, Teo Macero, Joe Farrell, Ron Carter, Bobby Tucker, Pee Wee Ellis, John Phillips, Mike Abene and many more. He is honored as well to have worked in collaboration with songwriter/producer Jim Tullio throughout his career.

When looking back at his childhood, he says, “Music spoke to my heart the instant I was exposed to it, and each experience has added to a continuing dialogue that becomes more beautiful and more meaningful in my life.” He learned to play piano at age six and quickly turned his talent to the drums. When he was 12, he started playing professionally, earning respect in the music community. After graduating Vineland High School where he was voted “best musician”, he studied at the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has performed all over the country, living for a while in New York and Chicago, but chose to make his home in New Jersey where he lives with his wife, Valerie. They are the proud parents of Daniel Jost, a highly respected musician/vocalist, and Juliana Jost, a high school art teacher and granddaughter, Olivia Grace.

March 7th, 2015

Spring Forward to Exit 0 International Jazz Festival With These Superb Artists, By: Carol Banks Weber  AXS Contributor

Spring Forward to Exit 0 International Jazz Festival With These Superb Artists, By: Carol Banks Weber AXS Contributor

For a relatively new music festival, the Exit 0 International Jazz Festival in historic Cape May, N.J. really pulls in blockbuster jazz, soul, R&B, and blues icons, NEA Jazz Masters, Grammy-winning legends, and crowd favorites, as well as a solid, loyal fan base every year. This time, the annual November festival jumps into spring, May 29-31, at several main stage concerts and over 30 clubs.

A resident of Cape May, Exit 0 Jazz Festival producer Michael Kline (Michael Kline Artists booking agency) saw the end of the semi-annual Cape May Jazz Festival after 17 years in 2011, due to economic problems. He and his Spy Boy Productions events company organized the Exit Zero Jazz Festival the next year, after Hurricane Sandy decimated the Jersey Shore, Staten Island, and other nearby towns. In March last year, Kline announced the beginning of the spring version of the festival, to take advantage of the pre-summer crowd and outdoor venues at this seaside Victorian landmark.

"When I think about festivals that I've been to, obvious ones that stand out are New Orleans, Monterey and Newport," he told Don Botch, in a March 29, 2014, Reading Eagle interview [also posted on the festival website's News section], "and these iconic festivals, all of which are held in the spring or summer, feature outdoor stages plus full vendor components including arts and crafts and food that speak to a region or a community."

The spring edition of this festival features live music at several choice stages: Jazz at the Estate in the afternoons at the Estate Outdoor Stage, Jazz Under the Stars Series, Cape May Convention Hall Main Stage Concerts, and 30-plus shows at clubs all over the city.

In a website press release, Kline explained the direction of his festival: "I wanted to offer something to Cape May to kick-off the summer season and celebrate music. We want fest-goers to find their summer soundtrack right here at the Festival. The fest keeps growing, and we’re getting bigger ideas about where we want to take the music. We want visitors to Cape May to hear and feel the music wherever they go in Cape May Festival weekend and we try to bring a little of that New Orleans street party flavor to Cape May."

With such an exclusive access to jazz celebrities under his international booking agency, Kline found a great way to hook his festival up. This year, the family friendly Exit 0 Jazz Festival lineup of over 100 musicians includes two big New Orleans artists in six-time-Grammy winner Dr. John & the Nite Trippers performing their salute to Louis Armstrong, and the Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band, award-winning gypsy jazz singer Cyrille Aimée, 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone winner Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio, DownBeat's Rising Star trumpeter Sean Jones, Wynton Marsalis/Herbie Hancock-approved child prodigy, Balinese pianist Joey Alexander, all-star Cuban singer Ernesto "Gato" Gatell, and 2010 Thelonious Monk first runner-up Charenee Wade.

One of the top music labels in the world - Motéma Music - is a major part of making this festival happen. Here are five special reasons to come.

Dr. John and his Nite Trippers invoke 'Ske-Dat-De-Dat Spirit Of Satch'

Dr. John, aka Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack, aka Dr. John Creaux, is the high priest voodoo master, a guy with the golden tongue, and his own shortcut language - a combo of New Orleans smooth and street-smart musician - miles of fun on piano, guitar, those déjà-vu, gris-gris vocals. He and his Nite Trippers have been tripping through an exciting repertoire of Louis Armstrong standards in shows and from the August 19, 2014 album, Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit Of Satch on Concord Records. Besides winning six Grammys, the New Orleans legend was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 14, 2011 by John Legend, and first burst onto the mainstream circuit with his 1973, cross-over hit, "Right Place Wrong Time." He's always a good time. He and his band are up May 30, 8 p.m., at the Cape May Convention Hall/Vintage South Stage.

Rebirth Brass Band brings the party

The New Orleans-famous Rebirth Brass Band boasts fans from all over, young, old, rich, poor, Joe Schmo off the street to Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Everyone in the vicinity of Carrollton in uptown New Orleans makes a beeline Tuesday nights to the Maple Leaf Bar to see these guys jam and feel the true spirit of the second line. When they won their first Grammy in 2012 for Rebirth Of New Orleans, the rest of the world began to take serious notice of the grand funk and the conjugal lyrics. The band's currently on the move, about to tear up Seattle's Tractor Tavern tonight. Also stars on HBO's Treme, the nine-piece band comes from way back, 1983, when the Frazier brothers got it on from the streets of the French Quarter to festivals and the big time. The Rebirth Brass Band combines an electric brass section with R&B vocals for a second line party that will make you forget all your troubles. The group's on May 29, 10 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. at Cabanas/Cape May Brewery Stage and May 30, 3:45 p.m., Jazz at the Estate.

Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio create new on bold music

In 2013, Chilean tenor saxophonist and a virtual unknown walked away with the top prize in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, and made history as the first female instrumentalist to do so. The then-24-year-old Melissa Aldana breezed past stiff competition to impress an impressive panel of legendary judges - Jane Ira Bloom, Branford Marsalis, Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Heath, and Bobby Watson. Ever since, Aldana has made the most of her opportunity, recording a self-titled album last June on Concord with her Crash Trio, fellow Chilean musician, bassist Pablo Menares, and Cuban drummer Francisco Mela, going on an extensive tour, and trying to carve out her own style from the inspiration of one of her biggest idols, Sonny Rollins. Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio are on at Jazz at the Estate, May 30, 12:15 p.m.

Trumpeter Sean Jones takes lead

Anyone who ever listened to Sean Jones' new record on Mack Avenue would be at his next available show. This young, hot trumpeter (formerly drummer) comes straight out of the John Coltrane/Miles Davis/Wynton Marsalis school of thought to forge his own foreground in the audacious never before seen. With longtime friends, pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Luques Curtis, and drummer Obed Calvaire, the once lead trumpeter of Marsalis' Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra took the new and the old directly to heart, hitting hard, shooting deep, and playing whatever they felt. In a press release, Jones expressed his wish to jam with these musicians without overdubs, "This time it was just the four of us in one room, no barriers between us, playing live." Jones takes it to the next level May 30, 7:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. at Aleathea's/Whale's Tale and Splash Stage.

Cyrille Aimee redeems gypsy jazz for everyone

Gypsy jazz gets a bad rap from the mainstream as a little too mellow, an affable, ineffective, guitar-strumming monotone that goes nowhere fast. Enter, Cyrille Aimée, a young, luminous French/Dominican artist whose time has come. Aimee fell madly in love with gypsy jazz at a very young age, listening to the music fans would play around campfires before trekking over to the annual Django Reinhardt Festival near her childhood home in Samois-sur-Seine. A singer and composer fast approaching celebrity status wherever she gigs - hotels, clubs, cafes, the recent Portland Jazz Festival, she's been gigging a lot in support of her latest Mack Avenue record, It's A Good Day, while trying to fit in more music for another album. Her gypsy jazz is easygoing and mostly happy, but never boring. She brings lively, spirited vocals to vary the familiar flutter of cascading guitar strokes in time and in tune to her own sparkling, sudsy beat. Critics adore her. She's been on their list a lot last year, including Jazz Times' annual Readers' Poll. It's only a matter of time before she receives major Grammy notice. Aimee has shows at the Pier at the Lobster House/It's A Breeze Stage May 30, 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

February 27th, 2015

Michael Kline, Producer of Exit Zero Jazz, Talks the Fest With Destination Jazz TV

Michael Kline, Producer of Exit Zero Jazz, Talks the Fest With Destination Jazz TV

Michael Kline, Producer of Exit Zero Jazz, Talks the Fest With Destination Jazz TV

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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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