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September 9th, 2014

Motema Music & Spy Boy Productions Launch Jazz For Wine Lovers

Motema Music & Spy Boy Productions Launch Jazz For Wine Lovers

Motema Music, Exit 0 Jazz Festival and our featured vineyards – Auburn Road and Hawk Haven – bring you jazz, wine, and good Times! Head to Jazz For Wine Lovers – sign up, and be automatically entered into our contest to win a bottle of our featured wines, Kellylee Evans new cd, and 2 VIP Passes to the Exit 0 International Jazz Festival.

April 16th, 2014

April 1st, 2014

Exit 0 International Jazz Festival Official Press Release

Exit 0 International Jazz Festival Official Press Release

During Exit 0, the seashore town becomes a veritable jazz village. I imagine that it must be like that in Sundance when Hollywood comes to their town for the annual film festival…. Jazz Times

The 3rd Exit 0 International Jazz Festival May 30-June 1 Launches Spring Version with An Outdoor Stage and Biennial Plan For National Historic Landmark
City of Cape May, New Jersey

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    Features Grammy Winners Dee Dee Bridgewater and Roy Hargrove; New Orleans Artists Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins and Jon Cleary; and Young Innovators Gerald Clayton, Tia Fuller, KellyLee Evans and Daisy Castro + More
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The charming Victorian seaside town of Cape May, New Jersey, will transform into a bonanza of incredible world class music, fine wine, great food and happy music fans May 30-June 1, 2014 for the 3rd Exit 0 International Jazz Festival. The festival will host over 100 international touring musicians in an atmosphere similar to stylish, accessible European festivals, particularly with the launch of Jazz at The Estate, an outdoor music venue. The perfect size for a family-friendly festival, Exit 0 offers fest-goers the opportunity to stroll from venue to venue and revel in many styles of music from jazz, soul, blues and R&B – not to mention the gorgeous ocean setting of the National Historic Landmark city.

Shares founder Michael Kline, a native of Cape May who returned in 2005 from New Orleans: I wanted to offer something in Cape May to really kick off summer and celebrate how great our town is in all seasons plus pay homage to the former long-running biennial jazz festival here. Thanks to the more than 3000 fans that turned out for our November fall festival, our fest keeps growing, and we're getting bigger ideas about where we want to take the music. We want music to be everywhere and to bring a little of that New Orleans street party flavor to Cape May. It's exciting to know some people will happen upon our festival and the music just by walking down the street."

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. This first spring version will also offer brass band parades and an open-air gospel concert at the famed Congress Hotel, a lead sponsor for Exit 0.

Ticket Information. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Cape May Convention Hall Box Office at (609)884.9563 or by visiting Hotel packages are available. Special passes include: Pop's Pass $38. Provides unlimited access to club shows Duke's Pass: $179. Includes all headliners, club and Jazz at The Estate shows. Count's Pass: $145. All-access pass for Friday and Saturday only. Individual tickets are available to all events.



Dee Dee Bridgewater Xerox Main Stage (Convention Center) 7pm/9pm
Over the course of a multi-faceted career spanning four decades, the three-time Grammy Award-winner and Tony Award-winner has ascended to the upper echelon of vocalists, putting her unique spin on standards, as well as taking intrepid leaps of faith in re-envisioning jazz classics.

Gregoire Maret Marq's Pub/Tito's Handmade Vodka Stage 8pm/10pm
The Grammy Award-winning harmonica player has found a way to create a unique, dynamic voice with this rarely utilized instrument in jazz.

Gerald Clayton Trio Alathea's/ Stage 830pm/1030pm
The three-time Grammy Award-nominated pianist continues the jazz legacy of his family and father, bandleader and bassist John Clayton, playing selections from his acclaimed debut album.

Cintron Carney's Main Room/Just 4 Wheels Stage 9pm/11pm
Percussionist Edgardo Cintron, second-generation Puerto Rican and second generation musician, known as much for his affable personality and generous spirit as for his tasty musicianship, fronts the Festival favorite Cintron.

Tia Fuller Boiler Room @Congress Hotel 930pm/1130pm
The dynamic saxophonist is best known for her time touring with Beyonce but get to know her crowd-pleasing music on its own.

Red Baraat Cabanas/Cape May Brewery Stage 930pm/1130pm
"Imagine a New Orleans street band playing Indian Bollywood tunes with a go-go beat – you can't? Then just listen…a crazy blast of fun." NPR


Roy Hargrove Xerox Main Stage (Convention Center) 7pm/9pm
The Grammy-winning trumpeter is among the premier players in jazz, hip hop, soul & beyond. With nearly 20 recordings as a leader, he has played and recorded with luminaries including Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock and Dizzy Gillespie.

Jazz at The Estate Outdoor Stage 12-6PM
Exit 0 presents Jazz at The Estate in partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities. Rain or shine, the outdoor stage on the grounds of the historic Emlen Physick Estate in downtown Cape May will offer great music, foods, crafts and locally produced wines and brews.

Daisy Castro 12pm
The 16-year-old violinist dazzles by bringing a modern, swinging pop and world feel to her music.

Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks __ 1:30pm
As seen on HBO's Boardwalk Empire, this big band expertly weaves music stories from the 1920s-1940s.

Matuto 3:15pm
We couldn't resist bringing them back after Matuto performed two high-energy, sold-out shows at the November fest that had people begging for more.
Jon Cleary 4:45pm
This great New Orleans funk and R&B pianist and vocalist is actually England, but you'd never know it.

Kellylee Evans Marq's Pub/Tito's Stage 830pm/10:30pm
Her voice is considered one of the most beautiful of her generation and 2014 looks to be her breakout year with her Motema Music label debut, "I Remember When."

Johnny Rawls Carney's Main Room/Just 4 Wheels 9pm/11pm
Mississippi-born and bred, he will lay the blues and soul down with butter.

Fredericks Brown Boiler Room@Congress Hotel 930pm/1130pm
These two young artists left New Zealand for New York to pursue a common passion for storytelling that delivers a startling blend of strength and intimacy.

Red Baraat Cabanas/Cape May Brewery Stage 930pm/1130pm
See Friday


A Night in New Orleans to Benefit the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts
Dirty Dozen Brass Band / Kermit Ruffins & The Barbeque Swingers Xerox Main Stage Cult favorites both, they bring the party New Orleans style. 5 / 730pm

Roberta Gambarini Aleathea's/ Stage 1pm
After coming in third in the 1998 Thelonious Monk Vocal competition, this Italian singer quickly became a sensation performing with legend Hank Jones among others.

Johnny Rawls Carney's Main Room/Just 4 Wheels 2pm/4pm
See Saturday

Fredericks Brown Harry's Ocean Bar/Exit Zero Magazine Stage 3pm
See Saturday

Jon Cleary Cabanas/Cape May Brewery Stage 3pm
See Saturday

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About Exit 0 International 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 Exit 0 International Jazz Festival in 2012, following in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Exit 0 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. Music industry veteran Eric D. Wright completes the artistic leadership team as Festival Senior Producer. He was part of the launch team for the Rochester International Jazz Festival and is Assistant Director of Concert Operations for Jazz at Lincoln Center. Kline and Wright worked together in New Orleans on behalf of artist Terence Blanchard. Cape May native Eliza Lotozo rounds out the staff as Associate Producer.

We are grateful to our Festival Partners for supporting the positive cultural and economic impact for Cape May and the surrounding community Exit 0 International Jazz Festival strives to make. Presenting Partners include: New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel & Tourism, Xerox, Congress Hall, City of Cape May, Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities, South Jersey Tourism Corp., Cape May Music Festival

Consumer Business: XEROX. Spirits. Tito's Handmade Vodka, Cape May Brewing Company, Auburn Road Vineyards Tourism: New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel & Tourism, South Jersey Tourism Corp., Arts: Mid-Atlantic Center for Arts & Humanities. Hospitality: Congress Hall, The Virginia Hotel, The Sandpiper, The Star Inn / La Mer Beachfront Inn / The Montreal Beach Resort / The Queen Victoria Bed & Breakfast. Retail: Vintage South Jersey. Media: Exit 0 Magazine / Jazz Times Magazine / WCFA-LP / Media in Motion Graphics /WRTI FM / WBGO FM. Community. Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May / City of Cape May / Cape May Music Festival / Center for Community Arts / Whale’s Tale / Splash / Flying Fish Studio / Sea Star Boutique / Just 4 Wheels / Maus Arts.

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    Jana La Sorte / / 347.726.8325

March 29th, 2014

Cape May N.J jazz fest expands to springtime

Cape May, N.J. jazz fest expands to springtime
Saturday March 29, 2014 12:01 AM
By Don Botch
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On the web – For more on the Exit 0 International Jazz Festival, including links to lodging alternatives, see

The burgeoning Exit 0 International Jazz Festival in Cape May, N.J., expands to springtime this year with a big weekend of music scheduled for May 30 through June 1.

Reading native and West Cape May resident Michael Kline, who runs the festival, which has been held the past two Novembers, said he always envisioned an outdoor component to Exit 0 that isn’t feasible at that time of year.

“When I think about festivals that I’ve been to, obvious ones that stand out are New Orleans, Monterey and Newport,” he said, “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.”

Exit 0 will follow that model with Jazz at the Estate, a Saturday afternoon of music at the Emlen Physick Estate, a landmark property in the heart of the Victorian resort town.

Jazz at the Estate will run from noon to 6 p.m. and feature performances by 16-year-old violinist Daisy Castro and her band; Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks, who appear regularly in the speakeasy scenes of the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire”; Matuto, the Brazilian hillbilly funk outfit who performed in Reading as part of the 2013 Bandshell Concert Series; and Jon Cleary, whom Kline regards as “one of the truly great New Orleans piano players.”

Adding to the local flavor, a number of Garden State wineries will be on hand that day, and the Cape May Brewery will be launching a beer named after the jazz festival.

“We’re really going to show off what Cape May and South Jersey are all about,” Kline said.

The festival kicks off Friday night with a headline performance in Convention Hall by Grammy and Tony-winning singer Dee Dee Bridgewater. Saturday night’s headliner will be Grammy-winning trumpeter Roy Hargrove. To wrap things up on Sunday night, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers will present “A Night in New Orleans,” which benefits the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts.

In addition, clubs throughout town will be hopping all weekend, presenting diverse artists such as the Gerald Clayton Trio, Red Baraat, Gregoire Maret, Tia Fuller, Cintron, Johnny Rawls, Kellylee Evans, Fredericks Brown and Roberta Gambarini. A $38 Pops Pass purchased by May 29 (or $48 thereafter) provides unlimited access to the club shows.

An all-access, three-day Duke’s Pass, which includes all headliners, club access and Jazz at the Estate, costs $179. An all-access Count’s Pass for Friday and Saturday only costs $145. A la carte pricing is also available for individual events. For details, see

Kline said additional outdoor events, including brass band parades and a gospel concert on the seaside lawn of Congress Hall, are in the works.

The fact that the festival will take place as the summer tourism season gets going is a bonus.

“There are going to be a lot of people in Cape May that weekend who are going to happen upon this festival just by chance,” Kline said. “I think that’s

really exciting. It’s kind of cool that you’re going to be able to hear music all around Cape May that entire weekend, just walking down the street.”

Contact Don Botch: 610-371-5055 or

March 29th, 2014

November 12th, 2013

Exit 0 International Jazz Festival: In the Spirit

Jazz Times publisher Lee Mergner reports the Exit 0 International Jazz Festival in Cape May, N.J. By Lee Mergner

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Since its debut in 2012, the Exit 0 International Jazz Fest 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.

Headline performances in Cape May Convention Hall on the Festival’s Xerox Main Stage, include multi Grammy Award nominated Monty Alexander, 27 year old Jon Batiste and Stay Human, jazz supergroup The Cookers, and vocal sensation Rene Marie. The Festival POPS PASS SERIES includes over 30 sets of music in Festival club venues throughout the weekend.

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