• NEA JAZZ MASTER DIANNE REEVES

    The Sound
    A superb interpreter of lyrics and a skilled scat singer, Reeves’s delivery is intensely soulful and full of finesse. Her uncanny range — from a smoky contra-alto to a soaring soprano — can cast a spell on ballads and invigorate on uptempo romps. Expect her to do both in her return to Exit Zero Jazz while also blurring the line that separates jazz from pop and contemporary R&B. “There’s always a sense of freedom and playfulness onstage,” noted London Jazz News about a recent risk-taking Reeves performance at Wigmore Hall. “And like Gregory Porter, she has a preacher’s skill in stirring up the audience.” Whether she’s swinging, summoning up a wealth of emotion on a sensitive ballad, dealing in sophisticated R&B or incorporating the sounds of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Reeves’ proves that she has few vocal rivals on the current jazz scene.

    When & Where
    Music Connects Stage Powered By Atlantic City Electric in Schmidtchen Theater, Saturday, November 10 at 7:00 PM.

  • MARCUS MILLER

    The Sound
    Miller’s band is packed world-class soloists who also know how to throw down infectious grooves. Expect to hear his virtuosic slap bass anchoring the proceedings, along with occasional forays on bass clarinet, in the service of clever covers and potent originals. Maybe he’ll even dredge up his 1988 hit single “Da Butt” (from School Daze). Get ready to get your groove on!

    When & Where
    Music Connects Stage Powered By Atlantic City Electric in Schmidtchen Theater, Friday, November 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM

  • KERMIT RUFFINS AND THE BARBECUE SWINGERS

    The Sound
    Close your eyes and you might hear Louis Armstrong, both on his vocals and in his trumpet lines. An ebullient entertainer, Ruffins carries on in the tradition of Louis Jordan while also bringing the spirit of Satchmo and New Orleans to every bandstand. This is one Crescent City native who knows how to get the party started and keep it going all night long.

    When & Where
    Music Connects Benefit Concert, Cape May Convention Hall, Thursday, November 8.

  • STEFON HARRIS BLACKOUT

    The Sound
    The vibes virtuoso can shift easily from funky to fusion to straight ahead swingers, but with Blackout (named thus because they are “about blacking out the narrow views surrounding and constricting the definition of jazz”) you can expect him to groove mightily on the strength of Terreon Gulley’s backbeat. Solo sparks will be provided by alto saxophonist Casey Benjamin, who also performs on vocoder, and by Harris himself, who remains a leading light on his instrument.

    When & Where
    It’s a Breeze & Hawk Haven Vineyard Stage in Cape May Convention Hall, Friday, November 9 at 9:00 PM

  • KURT ELLING

    The Sound
    Part Sinatra, part Mark Murphy, part Jack Keruoac, Elling weaves a spell with his resonant baritone voice, four-octave range and suave delivery, whether he’s playing the sensual crooner, scatting firebrand or beatnik jivester. As London’s The Guardian wrote: “When it comes to expressiveness, technique and sheer beauty of voice, I can think of no male singer alive to equal Kurt Elling. As they used to say of Sinatra, he could sing the Manhattan phone book and have the audience on the edge of their seats. An Elling song can be a meditation, a demand, a lament, an expression of wonder, but never naive and rarely simple.”

    When & Where
    It’s a Breeze & Hawk Haven Vineyard Stage in Cape May Convention Hall, Saturday, November 10 at 9:00 PM

  • CHARLIE HADEN’S LIBERATION MUSIC ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY NEA JAZZ MASTER CARLA BLEY

    The Sound
    From the grandiose sweep of Haden’s “Silence” to a poignant take on Ornette Coleman’s “Lonely Woman” to a reworking of David Bowie’s “This Is Not America,” a raucous reimagining of “America the Beautiful” and a tender reading of Antonin Dvorak’s “Goin’ Home” (from his New World Symphony) this ensemble under Bley’s direction is a must-see. Stellar solos and stirring arrangements prevail when the Liberation Music Orchestra takes the stage.

    When & Where
    It’s a Breeze & Hawk Haven Vineyard Stage in Cape May Convention Hall, Saturday, November 10 at 4pm

  • BOB JAMES TRIO

    The Sound
    Upbeat, hook-laden and brimming with improvisation, Bob James’ signature sound has continued to capture smooth jazz fans for the past five decades. His acoustic piano trio is a far more swinging affair, which should appeal deeply to straight ahead jazz fans.

    When & Where
    It’s A Breeze / Hawk Haven Vineyard Stage in Cape May Convention Hall, Sunday, November 11 at 2:00pm

  • TERELL STAFFORD QUINTET

    The Sound
    Expect a compelling set of old school hard bop swingers and engaging melodies from Stafford and his powerhouse group along with a healthy dose of blues and graceful ballads that trigger the trumpeter’s lyrical side.

    When & Where
    It’s A Breeze & Hawk Haven Vineyard Stage in Cape May Convention Hall, Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 12:00 PM.

  • BANDA MAGDA
  • BIG SAM’S FUNKY NATION
  • BLAIR CRIMMINS & THE HOOKERS
  • CONJUNTO PHILLY
  • DAVINA AND THE VAGABONDS
  • JOANNA PASCALE
  • KERMIT RUFFINS AND THE BARBECUE SWINGERS
  • NEW BREED BRASS BAND

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