Produced by The Jazz House Kids

Saturday | September 10


The Grand FInale of the MONTCLAIR JAZZ FEST featuring a jam-packed exciting day of free inspiring live music in Montclair, NJ.


Saturday, September 10 1 - 9pm

The MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL Downtown Jamboree will transform the vibrant, arts-rich, New York City urban suburb of Montclair, NJ into a musical mecca. This is the second time that the festival takes to the streets of downtown Montclair to support the vibrant main business district. Bloomfield Avenue will be closed to traffic at Grove St. to Midland Ave. 

  • Food and artisan marketplace featuring: specialty culinary products like herb and fruit ice pops, flavored oils and vinegars, gourmet pizza, jewelry, clothing, handwoven products, photographs, art and more.

No Tickets Required  | Suggested Donation: $10

Beach and Lawn Chairs Welcome

Pop-Up Tents and Beach Umbrellas Prohibited








Nearly 60 years after he moved to the United States from Kingston, Jamaica, pianist Monty Alexander is an American classic, touring the world relentlessly with various projects, delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message. His spirited conception is one informed by the timeless verities: endless melody-making, effervescent grooves, sophisticated voicings, a romantic spirit, and a consistent predisposition, as Alexander accurately states, “to build up the heat and kick up a storm.”


He has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe and entertainment world: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar, and Robbie Shakespeare, among others. To date Alexander has recorded over 70 albums as a leader.


Among his many honors is the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction, awarded to him by the government of Jamaica, for outstanding services to Jamaica as a worldwide music ambassador. The Harlem Kingston Express is the culmination of years of searching for the formula that would allow him to keep both of his musical identities—American and Jamaican—intact and interacting live on stage in the same space. 



American soul singer Danielle Ponder is both empowering and a powerhouse. In 2020, NPR described her music as anthemic while compassionate; soulful, while bold and strong. “She reverberates with a goosebump-inducing passion."

Danielle attended Northeastern University where she received her Juris Doctorate. For 5 years, Danielle worked as a public defender where she provided criminal defense to the indigent community. While working as a public defender, Danielle also toured Europe and scored opening spots for St. Paul and the Broken Bones and George Clinton. In 2018, after five years as a public defender, she made the gutsy decision to pursue her No.1 passion -- music.


In 2021, Danielle performed at the Newport Jazz Festival where her performance was hailed as one of the stand-out performances of the event. Danielle is preparing her first self-produced EP, Some of Us Are Brave, set for release in early 2022 on Future Classic. Danielle continues to advocate for criminal justice reform and has been an influential leader in the Black Lives Matter movement in Rochester, NY.




The artistic director of JAZZ HOUSE KiDS and the MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL, Christian McBride is an eight-time GRAMMY Award-winning bassist/composer and the host of NPR's Jazz Night in America. Since the early 1990s, McBride has recorded on over 300 dates as a sideman. However, he's been a leader from his debut recording in 1995.


Aside from stints with artists like Sting, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Roy Haynes, Freddie Hubbard and George Duke, McBride has been artist-in-residence and artistic director with organizations such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Jazz Museum in Harlem, Jazz Aspen, NJPAC and the  Newport Jazz Festival. McBride manages to tour consistently with his quartet, the New Jawn and his quintet, Inside Straight. He also fronts the Grammy-winning Christian McBride Big Band, whose Mack Avenue recordings, The Good Feeling and Bringin' It won the Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 2012 and 2017, respectively.

In addition, McBride hosts “The Lowdown: Conversations with Christian" on SiriusXM and DJs at clubs as DJ Brother Mister. Every year McBride puts together a special band of all-stars just to perform at the Montclair Jazz Festival and fans can’t wait to see what’s he has in store this year.



Artemis is a true supergroup, comprising seven of the most acclaimed musicians in modern jazz, including pianist and musical director Renee Rosnes, tenor saxophonist Nicole Glover, clarinetist Anat Cohen, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, bassist Noriko Ueda, drummer Allison Miller. The music of Artemis conjures a powerful collective voice from this septet of visionary bandleaders and composers.

The band initially assembled at Rosnes’ behest for a European festival tour more than three years ago. The group is distinctive not only for bringing together seven singular artists, each renowned for their own remarkable solo career, but also for its multi- generational and globe-spanning line up, with members hailing from the US, Canada, France, Israel, and Japan. Despite its relatively brief existence, Artemis has already been featured in Vanity Fair and on NPR’s Jazz Night in America and has performed on some of the country’s most iconic stages, from Carnegie Hall and the 92Y to the Newport Jazz Festival.

The band’s debut album on Blue Note Records featured material composed and/or arranged by each of the band’s six instrumentalists. Artemis is a group of extraordinary women whose combined energies and skills cannot be stifled into the label of an all-star band, as every time they meet to play their conversations, both on and off-stage, lead to fluidly inspired magical musical events.




This exciting all-star septet summons up an aggressive mid ‘60s spirit with a potent collection of expansive post-bop originals marked by the playing from some of the heaviest hitters on the scene today. Five of The Cookers—Billy Harper, Cecil McBee, George Cables, Eddie Henderson, and Billy Hart—came up in the heady era of the mid ‘60s. Hart and Henderson were members of Herbie Hancock’s groundbreaking Mwandishi group; Cecil McBee anchored Charles Lloyd’s great ’60s quartet; Billy Harper was part of Lee Morgan’s last group, as well as Max Roach’s Quartet and Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers; while George Cables held down the piano chair in numerous bands including groups led by Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Dexter Gordon and Art Pepper. David Weiss and Donald Harrison, from a more recent generation, gained experience performing with Art Blakey, Bobby Hutcherson, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Haynes and Herbie Hancock.


Each member of the Cookers has spent time leading his own series of groups as well, but it’s the unmistakable power of teamwork that makes this music so commanding and that speaks of the seasoned track record of its principals (combined, the group has over 250 years of experience in the jazz world and has been a part of over 1,000 recordings). The all-star septet has released six critically acclaimed recordings and has performed at venues around the world, including the Newport Jazz Festival, New Orleans JazzFest, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival and many more.



Matthew Whitaker’s love for playing music first began at the young age of three, after his grandfather gave him a small Yamaha keyboard.  When he was nine years old, Whitaker began teaching himself how to play the Hammond B3 organ. Four years later, he became the youngest artist to be endorsed by Hammond in its 80+ year history.  He was also named a Yamaha Artist at 15, becoming the youngest musician to join their stellar group of jazz pianists.

Whitaker has toured both here in the US and abroad, performing at the United Nations headquarters and on other world-renowned stages, including: The Apollo Theater; Carnegie Hall; Jazz at Lincoln Center; SFJAZZ; The Kennedy Center; Monterey Jazz Festival; and at venues all over Europe and Asia. He has performed with an array of outstanding musicians, including Dr. Lonnie Smith, Regina Carter, Jason Moran, Jon Batiste, Cory Henry, Marc Cary, Arturo O’Farrill, James Carter, Roy Ayers and our own Christian McBride. He has appeared on numerous national shows, including The Today Show, The Harry Connick Jr. Show and Ellen as well as featured in a segment on 60 Minutes.

In 2019 and 2020, Matthew was a winner of The ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award.




Alto saxophonist and composer Immanuel Wilkins grew up in Upper Darby, Pa., just outside of Philadelphia. After he graduated high school, Wilkins moved to New York City in 2015 to attend The Juilliard School. In the city, he met trumpeter and composer Ambrose Akinmusire, who mentored Wilkins and helped him navigate the jazz scene. He also met a musician who would change his professional life, Jason Moran, the prominent pianist and composer who took the young saxophonist on tour. In what was one of Wilkins’ biggest gigs to date, he played alto in Moran’s “In My Mind: Monk at Town Hall, 1959,” a series of live performances honoring the great legacy of jazz pianist Thelonious Monk.

Wilkins has since worked with a diverse range of artists including Solange Knowles, Gretchen Parlato, Wynton Marsalis, Gerald Clayton, Aaron Parks, and Joel Ross, making a striking appearance on the vibraphonist’s 2019 Blue Note debut KingMaker. Wilkins has recorded two albums for Blue Note Records—Omega, which was named the #1 Jazz Album of 2020 by The New York Times, and The 7th Hand, which was released earlier this year and featured his quartet with Micah Thomas (piano), Daryl Johns (bass), and Kweku Sumbry.