Produced by The Jazz House Kids
Saturday | September 25
The Grand FInale of the MONTCLAIR JAZZ FEST featuring a jam-packed exciting day of free inspiring live music in Montclair, NJ.
Date: Saturday, September 25
Time: 1:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair, NJ
The Grand Finale supports the vibrant and diverse town of Montclair, NJ and its many jazz fans with one jam-packed exciting day of free inspiring live music on four stages with headliners on the Lackawanna Plaza marquee stage, artisan food and craft vendors from across the town and region, and family activities zone. The unique array of musicians and exceptional MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL experience all come together under the JAZZ HOUSE KiDS’ far-reaching mission.
No Tickets Required | Suggested Donation: $10
MEET OUR MUSICIANS
Known as one of the finest pianists of the past 60 years, Eddie Palmieri is a bandleader, arranger, and composer of salsa and Latin jazz. This grandfather of Salsa and Latin Jazz is a Grammy® Award winning pianist reinging from New York City. Catch Eddie and his Afro-Carribean Jazz Sextet stir things up at the MJF this August!
Bettye LaVette is a Grammy nominated vocal interpreter of the highest order. Whether the song originated as country, rock, pop, or blues, when she gets through with it, it is pure R&B. She gets inside a song and shapes and twists it to convey all of the emotion that can be wrought from the lyric. She is one of very few of her contemporaries who were recording during the birth of soul music in the 1960s and is still creating vital recordings today.
Six-time Grammy® winning jazz bassist Christian McBride can be likened to a force of nature. Powered by a relentless energy and a boundless love of swing, McBride’s path has described a continuous positive arc since his arrival on the scene. With a career now blazing into its third decade, the Philadelphia native has become one of the most requested, most recorded, and most respected figures in the music world today.
As he’s made abundantly clear over the past 30 years, Joey DeFrancesco has plenty of soul. What most listeners probably haven’t spent much time pondering is that soul’s place in the universe. On his adventurous new album, “In The Key Of The Universe,” the master organist turns his musical attentions to his spiritual side, tapping into a strain of metaphysical jazz that’s fueled sonic searchers for more than half a century. Joey D calls upon disciples and missionaries of jazz to join him in paving the way to enlightenment. “In The Key Of The Universe” was released March 1 via Mack Avenue Records.
Mark Whitfield graduated from Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, in the spring of 1987. Shortly thereafter, he returned to his native New York to embark on a career as a Jazz Guitarist that afforded him the opportunity to produce 14 solo recordings and collaborate with legendary artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock, Carmen McRae, Gladys Knight, Burt Bacharach, Jimmy Smith, Clark Terry, Shirley Horn, Wynton Marsalis, and his greatest teacher and mentor George Benson.
Quincy Phillips is a drummer, pianist, an organist at his home church, East Baltimore Deliverance, who holds his B.A. in Music from the prestigious Howard University in Washington, D.C. Phillips has spent more than 30 years cultivating his passion as a musician from childhood through his adult years. Phillips had the great honor to perform for the President of the United States Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for the “Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House”.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, saxophonist Mike Lee has established himself in the New York City/Northern New Jersey. He performs regularly in New York City as a member of the The Jimmy Heath Orchestra, The Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra, Wallace Roney’s Universe Orchestra, The Oliver Lake Big Band, The Loston Harris Trio, The Nat Adderley Jr. Quartet, and The Roy Hargrove Big Band. Recent tours have taken him up and down the East Coast, to Italy, France, California and Beijing, China.
Our JAZZ HOUSE Faculty BiG BAND is comprised of our JAZZ HOUSE KiDS Summer Workshop teaching artists. Every year this ensemble celebrates the music of one of jazz’s great luminaries. This year’s collective celebrates the centennial of Art Blakey, with a tributary set themed “Free For All.”
STUDENT BIG BANDS
For two weeks each August, the JAZZ HOUSE Summer Workshop immerses students in the art of jazz performance. The Workshop culminates in performances by nine student BiG BANDS at the MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL
MEET OUR HOSTS
S. EPATHA MERKERSON
MASTER OF CEREMONIES
We are thrilled to welcome back celebrated actor and dear friend S. Epatha Merkerson as Montclair Jazz Festival’s Mistress of Ceremonies. Merkerson has been honored with a Golden Globe, Emmy, Screen Actor Guild Award, an Obie, Gracie Allen Award, and four NAACP Image Awards. She has also received two Tony Award nominations and an IFP Spirit Award nomination.
WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM’s on-air host Gary Walker has been an integral part of the jazz world for almost 30 years and is winner of the 1996 Gavin Magazine Jazz Radio Personality of the Year award. No one is more passionate about the jazz genre and we are thrilled that he joins us once again as stage host to provide the “inside scoop” on the diverse performers he’s met both in his studio and at live performances.
MEET OUR ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Andres Chaparro has been regarded as one the most visionary and captivating artists in the New York metropolitan area. JAZZ HOUSE KiDS has tapped into the distinctive and colorful jazz icon portraits by Chaparro to provide the backdrop and overall texture of the Montclair Jazz Festival.
TURN UP THE HEAT!
JOiN US at Nishuane Park in Montclair, New Jersey for our #MJF GRAND FINALE! 9 Hours of non-stop music!
FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
CURATED SELECTION OF FOOD + DRY GOOD VENDORS