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June 17th, 2016

EXIT ZERO JAZZ FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 5TH ANNIVERASRY NOVEMBER 11 - 13, 2016 WITH HEADLINERS WYNTON MARSALIS AND CCILE MCLORIN SALVANT

EXIT ZERO JAZZ FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 5TH ANNIVERASRY NOVEMBER 11 - 13, 2016 WITH HEADLINERS WYNTON MARSALIS AND CCILE MCLORIN SALVANT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: SFPR – 2125-627-0801

“Exit Zero enters the big time with its star-studded festival. It’s become bigger and more eclectic
than any jazz festival New Jersey’s southernmost town ever has seen.” … Jay Lustig, NJArts.net

EXIT ZERO JAZZ FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 5TH ANNIVERASRY NOVEMBER 11 – 13, 2016 WITH HEADLINERS WYNTON MARSALIS ANDCILE MCLORIN SALVANT IN THE NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK CITY OF CAPE MAY, NJ,

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    More Great Talent throughout the Weekend – Squirrel Nut Zippers, Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, Frank Bey Blues Revue, Pat Martino Organ Trio + Horns, The J?st Project, Jamison Ross, Red Baraat, High & Mighty Brass Band, Davis, New Orleans Swamp Donkeys, Omar Sosa JOG Trio, Jon Regen, Philadelphia Funk Authority + More Presented by Exit Zero Publishing, Motéma Music, Chris Clemans Sotheby’s International Realty and Produced by Spy Boy Productions

Cape May, NJ (June 17, 2016) – As Exit Zero Jazz Festival is celebrating its 5th Anniversary of presenting America’s original art form of Jazz in America’s original seaside resort of Cape May, NJ, producer Michael Kline announces the lineup for the 2016 Fall Edition of the Festival. Headlining on Saturday, November 12 is nine time Grammy Award and Pulitzer Prize winner, Wynton Marsalis. The internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, educator, and leading advocate of American culture, Marsalis returns to perform for the second year in a row at the Exit Zero Jazz Festival, “The audiences for our concerts in Cape May were warm, responsive, and absolutely knowledgeable about jazz. The feeling was so communal and comfortable that the orchestra couldn’t help but swing.” He added, “This music may occupy a small space in our culture, but some gigs remind you that that space is worth battling over.” Kline remarks about the coup of presenting Wynton, ““We are thrilled that Wynton recognizes the deep appreciation for the music our audiences here at the Festival are known for. It’s an honor to have him return with the Quintet in November the performance is just one of a handful of Quintet shows in 2016.”

In her debut performance at the Festival and headlining the Schmidtchen Theater MusicConnects Stage on Friday, November 11 is the Grammy-winning vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant. She is well known for her curiosity for the history of American music, and the connections between jazz, vaudeville, blues, and folk music. She pulls much of her repertoire from these rarely recorded gems with strong stories. The Squirrel Nut Zippers, who are touring in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of their recording “Hot,” also perform on Friday, November 11 and draw much of their material from the same rare musical vaults mined by Cécile McLorin Salvant, albeit with a much different stage approach.

The Exit Zero Jazz Festival is a multi-venue festival with three full days of performances staged
in the 1,177 seat Schmidtchen Theater, the 750 seat Cape May Convention Hall and in the clubs of Cape May. A wide array of jazz and other genres of music are presented throughout the weekend as music lovers stroll between the venues, most of which line the Cape May beachfront. Featured artists include Omar Sosa JOG Trio, Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, Pat Martino Organ Trio + Horns, Frank Bey Blues Revue, The J?st Project, Jamison Ross, Red Baraat, High & Mighty Brass Band, Davis, New Orleans Swamp Donkeys, Jon Regen, Philadelphia Funk Authority, and still more to be announced July 1. (Artists bios attached.)

With first-rate performances from award winning, critically acclaimed artists, exciting new talent and local favorites, the Exit Zero Jazz Festival has quickly become known as a premier Festival on the east coast, attractive to world class musicians, music aficionados, and new fans of the music.

Exit Zero Jazz Festival is produced by Spy Boy Productions, led by Michael Kline, who celebrated many summers in Cape May and returned in 2005 from New Orleans. He shares his thoughts about presenting the Festival in Cape May. He said, “We wanted to offer a world-class cultural experience in Cape May that would launch the shoulder seasons and let people know there is a vibrant, thriving community in Cape May beyond the incredible beaches and Victorian architecture. Through music, we celebrate the spirit and creative energy in Cape May, bringing a little of that New Orleans street party flavor to the beach. It’s always a great party, and we’re thrilled that people keep coming back for more.”

Named for the exit to Cape May off the Garden State Parkway, the festival attracts a loyal, diverse audience of thousands from the major metropolitan regions surrounding Cape May including New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., all within a four or five- hour drive of Cape May. The Festival features Grammy Award-winners, living legends, NEA Jazz Masters, emerging jazz stars, international musicians and home-grown talent too. The Festival is supported through the efforts of Festival Presenters: Motéma Music and Exit Zero Magazine,
and stage sponsors Chris Clemans Sotheby’s Realty, The Whale’s Tale, It’s a Breeze, Hawk Haven
Vineyard + many other Cape May & Cape May County businesses.

Ticket Information. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.exit0jazzfest.com or by calling the
Exit Zero International Jazz Festival at (609)849.9202. Hotel packages are available from
Congress Hall, the Official Hotel Partner of Exit Zero Jazz, and from Hotel Partners on the Festival site. Individual tickets are available to all Main Stage performances in Schmidtchen Theater. Festival Passes provide the best value for fest-goers: VIP Pass: $185 plus tax and ticket facility fee includes reserved Orchestra Center Seat to headline performances Cécile McLorin Salvant and Wynton Marsalis, reserved seating in Cape May Conventional Hall performances, access to the Festival VIP Lounge with private bar, priority entry to Aleathea’s & Congress Hall, first come, first served entry into all other Festival Clubs; All Event Pass: $165 plus tax and ticket facility fee Includes Orchestra reserved seats to headline performances by Cécile McLorin Salvant and Wynton Marsalis, priority entry in Cape May Convention Hall performances and first come, first served entry to all club. Club Pass: $48 plus tax and ticket facility fee includes entry on a first come, first served basis to all Festival club venues.

Friday Pass: $75 plus tax and ticket facility fee Includes reserved seat to Cecile McLorin Salvant, general admission riser seating to Squirrel Nut Zippers and Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, Pat Martino, and the Frank Bey Blues Revue & first come first served entry into all Festival club
shows Friday, November 11. Saturday Pass: $125 plus tax and ticket facility fee Includes reserved seat to Wynton Marsalis performance in Schmidtchen Theater, general admission riser seating to Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, Pat Martino With Horns, Frank Bey Blues Revue & first come, first served entry into all Festival Club Shows on Saturday, November 12. Sunday All Access Pass: $30 plus tax and ticket fee includes first come, first served all club performances on Sunday, November 13. Cape May Brewing Company Club Pass: $48 plus tax & ticket facility fee: includes all Club Shows all weekend.

Partners. There are excellent partnerships associated with Exit Zero that support the positive cultural and economic impact for Cape May and the surrounding community Exit Zero Jazz Festival strives to make. Consumer Business: Motema Music, Exit Zero Magazine. Spirits. Cape May Brewing Company, Auburn Road & Hawk Haven Vineyards Tourism: South Jersey Tourism Corp. Arts: Cape May Center for Community Arts. Hospitality: Congress Hall & Cape Resorts Group Properties /The Montreal Beach Resort. Retail: It’s A Breeze, West End Garage, Just 4
Wheels, Whale’s Tale & Splash, and Exit Zero Retail. Media: Jazz Times Magazine / WCFA-LP / WRTI FM / WURD AM/ WEAA / WXPN Community: Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape
May / Flying Fish Studio / Sea Star Boutique / A Place on Earth / Patricia Jackson Jewelers / Linen
Ladies.

For more information about partnership, contact michael@exit0jazzfest.com.

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    FOR INTERVIEWS / PHOTOS / COVERAGE PLANNING
    Visit www.Exit0JazzFest.com and contact Sharla Feldscher, sharla@sf-pr.com

April 9th, 2016

Motema Music Artists Debut New Projects at 2016 Exit Zero Jazz Festival

Motema Music Artists Debut New Projects at 2016 Exit Zero Jazz Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: SFPR – 2125-627-0801
Sharla Feldscher, #101, cell 215-285-4868, sharla@sf-pr.com
Hope Horwitz, #102, cell 215-760-2884, hope@sf-pr.com

Grammy Nominated Motéma Artists to Unveil New Music
at Exit Zero Jazz Festival, Cape May on April 22 & 23rd

Grammy nominated vocalists René Marie, Pedrito Martinez & Twice Grammy-nominated piano phenom Joey Alexander (seen on 60 Minutes & The Grammy’s)
Will Share Music from Upcoming Releases

FESTIVAL SWINGS INTO THE SPRING SEASON IN THE NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK CITY OF CAPE MAY, NJ, APRIL 22 TO 24, 2016
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    Great Talent throughout the Weekend – Headliners Pat Metheny, Ron Carter and Lisa Fischer Plus John Scofield with Joe Lovano Quartet and Legendary Soul Artist Lee Fields & The Expressions Plus More than 30 Club Shows
    Presented by Exit Zero Publishing and Motéma Music and Produced by Spy Boy Productions

Cape May, NJ (April 8, 2016) – Michael Kline, producer of Exit Zero Jazz Festival, is pleased to include in his packed weekend of extraordinary talent coming to the charming seaside town of Cape May, NJ, three artists from the maverick, GRAMMY winning, Harlem based record label, Motéma Music. Each of these stellar artists have been much in the news this year. Jazz Wunderkind, Joey Alexander, whose 2015 debut release, My Favorite Things, shot to the top of the Billboard Jazz Charts and earned him GRAMMY nominations for Best Jazz Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo, will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 22nd. Joey has advised he will play selections included on his 60 Minutes feature, his unprecedented GRAMMY Awards broadcast appearance, and also offer some sneak previews from his upcoming September release.

Equally exciting will be the very first CD release events for two other GRAMMY nominated Motéma artists: The Pedrito Martinez Group, (“Writing a new chapter in Cuban music history” – NPR’s All Things Considered) appears at 6 p.m. April 22, to present music from their new CD Habanas Dreams which was recorded in Cuba and New York; and vocal firebrand René Marie (“Sexy, funny, theatrical, outrageous…” – Wall Street Journal) will launch her jazz to singer-songwriter crossover album, Sound of Red at noon on Saturday, April 23. All three artists will perform in the beautiful Cape May Convention Hall.

Adding to the excitement of the weekend, these Motéma Music artists make the Festival even more of a special opportunity to see some of the greatest and hottest rising Jazz talent on the international scene today. Headliners at Schmidtten Hall are the multi-GRAMMY-winning legends Pat Metheny (guitar) & Ron Carter (bass) who will perform in a rare duo setting on Saturday, April 23 at 5 and 8 p.m., and Grammy Award- winning vocalist Lisa Fischer (a star of the award-winning film 20 Feet” from Stardom) who performs with her group Grand Baton on Friday, April 22 at 8:30 p.m. Also featured at the Cape May Convention Hall is this year’s GRAMMY winner for Best Jazz Album, guitarist John Scofield who performs with sax legend Joe Lovano’s Quartet. Legendary Soul Artist Lee Fields & The Expressions also graces the Convention Hall stage and there are more than 30 Club Shows in addition. Visit Exit0Jazzfest.com for various ticketing options.

• ABOUT: The Pedrito Martinez Group’s Habana Dreams (release date: 6.8.2016)

“…dizzying rhythmic webs, songs within songs, and the thrill of real Cuban rumba transformed into something as hip and irresistible as great pop.” – Wall Street Journal Habana Dreams, following The Pedrito Martinez Group’s GRAMMY-nominated debut, pushes forward the group’s cutting-edge sound with some of the biggest names in Latin music – Rubén Blades, Descemer Bueno, and Issac Delgado. Recorded in both Cuba and New York, the album marks the homecoming of Cuban-born conguero and rumbero Pedrito Martinez, a return to his Afro-Cuban roots and a further innovation in Cuban music. With magnetic personality and dynamic musicianship, Habana Dreams showcases the group’s impressive range, from contemplative ballads to electrifying rumbas, while remaining irresistibly danceable throughout.

• ABOUT: René Marie’s SOUND OF RED: Out 5.13.2016 “Sexy. Funny. Theatrical. Outrageous. Highly political. Worldly and yet uniquely American. Also hip and swinging.” – The Wall Street Journal. Rene Marie’s sensational Sound of Red finds the singer at the top of her already sizzling game and breaking new ground with her first album of entirely self-penned originals. After landing a Best Jazz Vocal Album GRAMMY nomination with her 2014 tribute to Earth Kitt, Marie shoots for the stars again with SOUND OF RED as she literally writes a new chapter in jazz for her ultra-sexy, wise, provocative and daredevil self. Her brilliance as a writer – who draws equally on jazz, folk, R&B and country –prove an easy match to her widely-acclaimed brilliance as a performer. Her richly personal songs explore the sweetest, saddest, brightest and darkest corners of human existence, they touch down in jazz, folk, blues and country territories.
• About Joey Alexander: “On his way to becoming one of the greatest jazz artists of our time.” – Lester Holt on NBC’s The Today Show “Joey’s a little genius.” – Wynton Marsalis
Born on the island of Bali in the city of Denpasar in 2003, at age 12 Joey Alexander has become a Jazz superstar. The youngest ever GRAMMY nominee in the Jazz category, he has two nominations this year for his album My Favorite Things (Motéma Music). In addition, he was featured on this year’s Grammy Awards and on “Sixty Minutes” in January, and his album has risen to the top of the charts. In the beginning of the year, he jumped to #1 on the overall Amazon Best Sellers chart (surpassing Adele) and #4 on iTunes Top Albums chart. Learning by listening at the young age of six, Joey developed an authoritative technique in Jazz piano and by age eight, he was invited to play very high profile concerts; such as his invitation from UNESCO to play solo piano in front of Jazz icon Herbie Hancock during his visit to Indonesia. At age 10, Joey won the international improvisation contest in Odessa, Ukraine – besting over 200 Jazz professionals from 17 countries. In 2014, Joey performed at star-studded galas in New York City for Jazz at Lincoln Center in Rose Hall, the Jazz Foundation of America at the Apollo and the Arthur Ashe Learning Center at Gotham Hall. Since the release of My Favorite Things and his surge in popularity, he’s been invited to perform at major jazz festivals around the world. His highly anticipated sophomore album is coming in September on Motéma.

• ABOUT: Motéma Music:
Based in Harlem, in New York City, Motéma Music was founded in 2003 by the visionary artist and entrepreneur, Jana Herzen, with intention to promote “Artists of Power and Distinction”. A proud sponsor and partner of The Exit 0 Jazz Fest, Motéma Music was voted the #1 Jazz Label of 2015 in the Jazz Journalists Association Awards, the label notably launched jazz vocal superstar Gregory Porter’s first two albums and has 14 GRAMMY Nominations in Jazz, Reggae and R&B. The label has had more Grammy nominations than any other jazz label for two consecutive years now, and they brought home GRAMMY wins by Arturo O’farrill’ in the Latin Jazz and Best Instrumental Composition categories at the 2015 & 2016 GRAMMY ceremonies, respectively. For more information and to purchase CD’s, visit, http://www.motema.com or their http://facebook.com/motemamusic
• ABOUT: Exit Zero Jazz Festival:
Exit Zero Jazz Festival is produced by Spy Boy Productions, led by Michael Kline, who celebrated many summers in Cape May and returned in 2005 from New Orleans. He shares his thoughts about presenting the festival in Cape May. He said, “We wanted to offer a world-class cultural experience in Cape May that would launch the Spring shoulder season and let people know there is a vibrant, thriving community in Cape May beyond the incredible beaches and Victorian architecture. Through music, we celebrate the spirit and creative energy in Cape May, bringing a little of that New Orleans street party flavor to the beach. It’s always a great party and we’re thrilled that people keep coming back for more.”

Named for the exit to Cape May off the Garden State Parkway, the festival attracts a loyal, diverse audience of thousands from the major metropolitan regions surrounding Cape May including New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., all within a four or five hour drive of Cape May. The Festival features Grammy Award-winners, living legends, NEA Jazz Masters, emerging jazz stars, international musicians and home-grown talent too.

Ticket Information. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.exit0jazzfest.com or by calling the Exit Zero International Jazz Festival at (609)849.9202. Hotel packages are available from Congress Hall, the Official Hotel Partner of Exit Zero Jazz, and from Hotel Partners on the Festival site. Individual tickets are available to all Main Stage performances in Schmidtchen Theater. Festival Passes provide the best value for fest-goers: Duke’s Pass: $150 plus tax and ticket facility fee Includes Orchestra reserved seats to headline performances, priority seating in Cape May Convention Hall and entry to all club venues all weekend. Friday Pass: $75 plus tax and ticket facility fee Includes reserved seat to Lisa Fischer Grand Baton, general admission seating to Pedrito Martinez Group and Joey Alexander Trio & first come first serve entry into all Festival club shows Friday, April 22. Saturday Pass: $100 plus tax and ticket facility fee Includes reserved seat to 5:00pm or 8:00pm Pat Metheny & Ron Carter performance, general admission seating to René Marie, John Scofield & Joe Lovano 4tet, Lee Fields and the Expressions & first come –first serve entry into all Festival Club Shows on Saturday, April 23. Sunday All Access Pass: $30 plus tax and ticket fee includes all club venues on Sunday, April 24. Pop’s Pass: $45 plus tax & ticket facility fee Includes all Club Shows all weekend.

FOR INTERVIEWS / PHOTOS / COVERAGE / PLANNING www.Exit0JazzFest.com

January 31st, 2016

Exit Zero Jazz Festival Spring Press Release

Exit Zero Jazz Festival Spring Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: SFPR – 2125-627-0801
Sharla Feldscher, #101, cell 215-285-4868, sharla@sf-pr.com
Hope Horwitz, #102, cell 215-760-2884, hope@sf-pr.com

Exit Zero enters the big time with its star-studded festival. It’s become bigger and more eclectic than any jazz festival New Jersey’s southernmost town ever has seen.” … Jay Lustig, NJArts.net
PAT METHENY & RON CARTER + LISA FISCHER GRAND BATON HEADLINE SPRING EXIT ZERO JAZZ FESTIVAL. FESTIVAL SWINGS INTO THE SPRING SEASON IN THE NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK CITY OF CAPE MAY, NJ, APRIL 22 TO 24, 2016

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    Presented by Exit Zero Publishing and Motema Music & Produced by Spy Boy Productions, Exit Zero Jazz Presents Headliners Pat Metheny & Ron Carter + Lisa Fischer Grand Baton on The Schmidtchen Theater Main Stage & Features Jazz Wunderkid Joey Alexander, René Marie, John Scofield Joe Lovano Quartet & Legendary Soul Artist Lee Fields & The Expressions on the Cape May Convention Hall Stage + More than 30 Club Shows

Cape May, NJ (January 22, 2016) – Twice a year Exit Zero Jazz Festival transforms Cape May into a jazz village as fans and musicians make their pilgrimage to the little town by the sea. Now in its fifth year, the Festival is a celebration of music with more than 30 sets of jazz, blues, New Orleans jazz and R&B, and more presented on stages and clubs in charming Victorian seaside resort. The Festival is supported through the efforts of Festival Presenters: Motéma Music and Exit Zero Magazine, and stage sponsors VintageSouthJersey.com, The Whale’s Tale, It’s a Breeze, Hawk Haven Vineyard + many other Cape May & Cape May County businesses.

With first-rate performances from award winning, critically acclaimed artists, exciting new artists and local favorites, the Festival has quickly become an attraction for world class musicians as well as music aficionados. Due to the festival’s popularity and the need for larger performance space, Schmidtchen Theater in Cape May has been a great addition to Cape May Convention Hall, the clubs and restaurants that host concerts.

Exit Zero Jazz Festival is produced by Spy Boy Productions, led by Michael Kline, who celebrated many summers in Cape May and returned in 2005 from New Orleans. He shares his thoughts about presenting the festival in Cape May. He said, “We wanted to offer a world-class cultural experience in Cape May that would launch the Spring shoulder season and let people know there is a vibrant, thriving community in Cape May beyond the incredible beaches and Victorian architecture. Through music, we celebrate the spirit and creative energy in Cape May, bringing a little of that New Orleans street party flavor to the beach. It’s always a great party and we’re thrilled that people keep coming back for more.”

Named for the exit to Cape May off the Garden State Parkway, the festival attracts a loyal, diverse audience of thousands from the major metropolitan regions surrounding Cape May including New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., all within a four or five hour drive of Cape May. The Festival features Grammy Award-winners, living legends, NEA Jazz Masters, emerging jazz stars, international musicians and home-grown talent too.

Ticket Information. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.exit0jazzfest.com or by calling the Exit Zero International Jazz Festival at (609)849.9202. Hotel packages are available from Congress Hall, the Official Hotel Partner of Exit Zero Jazz, and from Hotel Partners on the Festival site. Individual tickets are available to all Main Stage performances in Schmidtchen Theater. Festival Passes provide the best value for fest-goers: VIP Pass: $165 plus tax and ticket facility fee includes reserved Orchestra Seat to headline performances, VIP room access Cape May Conventional Hall, priority seating all Cape May Convention Hall performances; Duke’s Pass: $150 plus tax and ticket facility fee Includes Orchestra reserved seats to headline performances, priority seating in Cape May Convention Hall and entry to all club venues all weekend. Friday Pass: $75 plus tax and ticket facility fee Includes reserved seat to Lisa Fischer Grand Baton, general admission seating to Pedrito Martinez Group and Joey Alexander Trio & first come first serve entry into all Festival club shows Friday, April 22. Saturday Pass: $100 plus tax and ticket facility fee Includes reserved seat to 5:00pm or 8:00pm Pat Metheny & Ron Carter performance, general admission seating to René Marie, John Scofield & Joe Lovano 4tet, Lee Fields and the Expressions & first come –first serve entry into all Festival Club Shows on Saturday, April 23. Sunday All Access Pass: $30 plus tax and ticket fee includes all club venues on Sunday, April 24. Pop’s Pass: $45 plus tax & ticket facility fee Includes all Club Shows all weekend.

About Exit Zero Jazz Festival. Distressed at the loss of the semi-annual Cape May Jazz Festival, which ended a 17-year run in 2011 due to economic difficulties, jazz industry veteran Michael Kline launched the Exit Zero Jazz Festival in 2012, following in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Exit Zero is produced by Spy Boy Productions, an events company founded by Kline, who runs Michael Kline Artists, an international booking agency representing NEA Jazz Masters and emerging artists. Kline left Cape May in 1992 for New Orleans, where he hosted a show on WWOZ FM and worked in jazz.

Partners. There are excellent partnerships associated with Exit Zero that support the positive cultural and economic impact for Cape May and the surrounding community Exit Zero International Jazz Festival strives to make. Consumer Business: Motema Music, Exit Zero Magazine. Spirits. Cape May Brewing Company, Auburn Road & Hawk Haven Vineyards Tourism: South Jersey Tourism Corp. Arts: Cape May Center for Community Arts. Hospitality: Congress Hall & Cape Resorts Group Properties /The Montreal Beach Resort. Retail: It’s A Breeze, West End Garage, Just 4 Wheels, Whale’s Tale & Splash, and Exit Zero Retail. Media: Jazz Times Magazine / WCFA-LP / WRTI FM / WURD AM/ WEAA / WXPN Community. Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May / Flying Fish Studio / Sea Star Boutique / A Place on Earth / Patricia Jackson Jewelers / Linen Ladies. For more information about partnership, contact michael@exit0jazzfest.com. * * *
FOR INTERVIEWS / PHOTOS / COVERAGE PLANNING
www.Exit0JazzFest.com

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November 9th, 2015

Exit Zero Jazz Hits Big Time With Most Star Studded Lineup Yet!

Exit Zero Jazz Hits Big Time With Most Star Studded Lineup Yet!

Sunday, November 9, 2015 NJ Arts.net http://www.njarts.net/uncategorized/exit-zero-enters-the-big-time-with-its-most-star-studded-festival-yet/

Bettye LaVette visited Cape May for the first time Friday, and said, from the stage at Cape May’s Convention Hall, that the town was “the cutest little place I’ve ever seen.”

If you are wondering why the great soul singer — who also said, during the course of her set, that she will soon be 70, and that it has been 51 years since her first album — has never been in Cape May before, keep in mind that the town has never presented an event quite like this weekend’s Exit Zero Jazz Festival before. Yes, jazz festivals in Cape May are a long-standing tradition. But in its fourth year, the biannual Exit Zero festival has become something bigger and more eclectic than any jazz festival New Jersey’s southernmost town ever has seen.

There were theater shows not just at Convention Hall, but at a larger theater at Lower Cape May Regional High School, too (attendees were transported back and forth on free shuttle buses, with jazz and blues music playing on the speakers). There were also sets in various bars and restaurants around town.

Throughout the weekend, I was able to hear music in an extremely broad range of genres: a virtual survey of jazz history by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis; more contemporary jazz by Terri Lyne Carrington and Mark Whitfield; reggae by the Skatalites; country and rockabilly by Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue; blues and dixieland music by Davina and the Vagabonds; and percussion-heavy, Brazilian-flavored dance music by PhillyBloco.

There was enough music at this three-day festival, in fact, that you could focus on jazz, or hear hardly any jazz at all, depending on your tastes.

The biggest shows, at Lower Cape May Regional High School, were by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (who presented two shows, Saturday night), and Carrington.

Marsalis’ 15-piece, virtuoso-packed orchestra played a consistently tasteful, chronologically constructed set of classics by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and other jazz giants, capped by an encore of quartet performances featuring trumpeter Marsalis and his bassist, drummer and pianist.

Drummer Carrington, who played at the school Friday night, presented a more contemporary set that included everything from an instrumental deconstruction of The Beatles’ “Michelle” to R&B numbers with guest vocalists Valerie Simpson (who was at her most impressive on her deeply soulful take on “God Bless the Child”) and Jaguar Wright.

My favorite set of the weekend, though, was by LaVette. Performing at the Convention Hall stage to kick off the festival on Friday, she sang with so much raw emotion that you almost felt, at times, uncomfortable looking directly at her: It was like you were intruding on a wrenching, deeply personal moment. She made classic-rock songs such as The Moody Blues’ “Nights in White Satin,” Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” and The Who’s “Love, Reign O’er Me” her own, and also sang gems by the likes of Lucinda Williams, Joan Armatrading and Fiona Apple.

LaVette’s story is very familiar now: decades of unfair obscurity, capped by an unexpected comeback about a decade ago. But her set still felt like a revelation.

Pat Martino was scheduled to present a set at noon, Saturday, at Convention Hall, with his band, plus two horn players (trumpeter Alex Norris and saxophonist Adam Niewood). The 71-year-old guitarist was suffering from bronchitis, though, and had to cancel.

Whitfield stepped in, and led the band, and the horn players, through a dazzling set. They all made it it look easy even when, on the set-closer “The Way You Look Tonight,” they seemed to be trying the song out for the first time together.

November 7th, 2015

LISTEN!  Jazz: Color and Paper Constructions  by Ellen Priest at Splash in Cape May

LISTEN! Jazz: Color and Paper Constructions by Ellen Priest at Splash in Cape May

Works from Ellen Priest’s two most recent series – Jazz Cubano and Jazz: Thinking Out Loud, Reaching for Song – will be on view at Splash Whale’s Tale Gallery November 6-16 to celebrate the music at the Exit 0 Jazz Festival in Cape May, NJ. A meet the artist reception is scheduled for Saturday, November 7th from 1-4pm. The gallery is located at 513 Carpenter’s Lane, Cape May. Light refreshments will be served. For more information please call 609.846.7100, visit our Splash Cape May Facebook page or follow splashcapemay on instagram.

About the 2012-14 Cuban Series, Priest writes, “The movement and space in Afro-Cuban jazz has long fascinated me, especially the percussion. In Jazz Cubano I take those complex rhythms and melodies apart to reconstruct them visually.”

Priest’s abstractions balance directly on the border between painting and sculpture – vibrantly colored spatial illusions when read from a distance, and 3-D relief constructions of layered, collaged paper when seen up close.

Jazz has been Priest’s subject matter since 1990. Drawing is always central to her process, as well as standing on its own. As an artist, Priest is largely self-taught.

Jazz: Thinking Out Loud, Reaching for Song was an experimental joint painting/jazz project Priest completed in 2011 based on student music from Berklee College of Music’s elite Global Jazz Institute in Boston.

In July 2010, art critic Victoria Donohoe wrote about Priest’s work in two Wilmington, DE exhibitions for The Philadelphia Inquirer: “Priest deliberately blurs the boundary between painting and jazz in her…painted collages. These use form as a language of music… Seeing jazz as full of joy and energy, able to transform sadness, Priest uses it successfully here to create materialized movement in actual worlds of colored space.”

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation has twice awarded Priest major grants to support her innovation. Priest received her Master of Divinity from Yale University Divinity School in 1977 with a dual concentration in Christianity and the Visual Arts. For more about her art and her unique process: www.ellenpriest.com and https://www.facebook.com/Ellen-Priest-Abstract-Painter-416234605068751/timeline/

September 16th, 2015

Exit Zero Jazz Launches Music Connects Educational Outreach Initiative

Exit Zero Jazz Launches Music Connects Educational Outreach Initiative

MUSIC CONNECTS… A NEW EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH COLLABORATIVE PROGRAM
TO BENEFIT STUDENTS IN CAPE MAY COUNTY

PRESENTED BY EXIT ZERO INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL, SOUTH JERSEY JAZZ SOCIETY
AND THE CAPE MAY CENTER FOR COMMUNITY ARTS.

Launching Thursday, September 17 at Lower Cape May Regional High School
with Singer/Musician Paul Jost’s Interactive Workshop “Finding Your Voice”

Cape May, NJ (September 12, 2015) – Enriching the lives of students in Cape May County is the goal of a new collaboration called MUSIC CONNECTS that has been formed to bring music, the arts and enhanced business awareness to students of all ages. The Exit Zero International Jazz Festival, South Jersey Jazz Society (SJJS) and the Center for Community Arts in Cape May are working together to provide students educational programs, community outreach with free tickets to music events and the opportunity to join together and perform in the soon-to-be-formed Exit Zero Jazz Festival Big Band.
It will launch on Thursday, September 17 at 11 a.m. with an educational program at Lower Cape May Regional High School (LCMR). Vineland’s singer/musician/arranger Paul Jost presents an interactive workshop called “Finding Your Voice”. In this program, Jost encourages students to think of themselves as unique individuals. He’ll share the story of his career, involve students in group exercises and sing and play guitar. Paul explains, “It’s all about freeing your spirit in music, being proud of your work and valuing your individuality.”
“Paul’s program is the perfect launch for MUSIC CONNECTS,” said Michael Kline, producer of Exit Zero and a West Cape May resident. “Paul’s topic applies to so much more than music. All of us at one time or another have struggled to find our voice, the language to communicate whether it be in the board room, the classroom or the dining room. We hope the program inspires students to find their own individual voice and unlock the potential within themselves.”
Michael Pedicin, the well-known saxophonist, teacher and the South Jersey Jazz Society Education Director, is equally excited with the prospects of the initiative, “I am very happy to be part of this jazz education initiative. This is a wonderful opportunity for us, as musicians and educators, to provide students with a platform of understanding, appreciation, and understanding about JAZZ, which is America’s original art form. The evolution of this music is never-ending, and provides a journey that continues to inspire so many other forms of global art, i.e. drama, dance, painting, poetry, and sculpture.”
LCMR Music Director John Drechen is proud to be a part of this collaboration and appreciative of the opportunities for his students. He said, “The education programs that will be offered at our school and other schools in Cape May County are a gift that just can’t be measured. Learning from musicians and from industry professionals will be lessons that can last a lifetime for our students.”
Another educational aspect of the collaborative, will be teaching students about the business of the music industry. Kline looks forward to working with LCMR business students. Throughout the year there will be guest speakers that will include recording company leaders, marketing experts, public relations professionals and many others. “One of the many positives of moving the Exit Zero Jazz Festival Main Stage to LCMR is the prospect of engaging the students in all facets of the Festival – from the initial planning through production on performance nights. The energy these students will bring to the festival will be great for our guests and for us and the educational experiences they will gain will be enormous for them.”
The education programs are only one facet of MUSIC CONNECTS. Another aspect is community outreach. On November 7, 100 tickets will be given free to children of all ages to see the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis concert during Exit Zero Jazz Festival. Working through the Community Center for The Arts, some of the tickets will be given to underserved children in the community. David McKenzie of Community Center for the Arts is delighted to participate in the program. He said, “This is very important to the children of Cape May who will gain so much from the opportunity to hear such talented musicians. We are thrilled to be part of this team.”
The third facet of the program is the formation of the Exit Zero Big Band that will be coordinated by Michael Pedicin and LMRH’s John Drechen inviting participation from other nearby high schools.
Community Sponsors for MUSIC CONNECTS are: DeSatnick Realty; Paramount Air Service; Patricia Jackson Jewelers; Barry,Corrado,Gibson Attorney’s at Law; Cellular Tracking Technologies; Chris Clemans Sotheby’s International Realty, and Schaeffer Family Homes. Each sponsor supports the free ticket program for students to attend Exit Zero and the on-going educational outreach efforts. More sponsorships are available.
Kline is delighted that the collaborative is going to be such a benefit for the underserved youth in Cape May County. He added, “The festival brings in so much talent to Cape May, we are thrilled to share this musical wealth with the community, giving back to the people who support us all year long.”
For more information about each of the partners, visit Exit0jazzfest.com; southjerseyjazz.org; and, centerforcommunityarts.org. For more information about Paul Jost, visit pauljostmusic.com.

August 6th, 2015

WXPN THE KEY TRUMPETS EXIT ZERO JAZZ!

WXPN THE KEY TRUMPETS EXIT ZERO JAZZ!

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.

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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 America’s original seaside resort 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 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, Dave & Chris Clemans, Ellen Shaw, John & Pete K, John Cooke, Robert Giddis, Sue Priester, Shane P. Meier, Jack Wight, Jana Herzen, Frank Scott, Ryan Krill, Bernadette Matthews, Payton Bowman, Curtis Bashaw, Susan & Bryant Simon, Susan Ross, Milt Edelman, Pam Kaithern, Larry Hirsch, Sue Lotozo, Eliza Lotozo, Carol Sabo, Heather Saul, Ernest Gregory, Richard Conde, George Wirt, Thomas Von Muenster, Colleen Buckley, Joanne and Dan Long, The O’Hara Family, Bill Bezaire, Chris Bezaire, Linda and Bob Steenrod, Patrick Logue, Robin Tomchin, Chris DiAntonio, Todd Desatnick, Bill & Dorrie Laufman and so many more. Thank you!

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