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.
JOiN US FOR THE GRAND FINALE!
Saturday, September 25 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 first time in its 12-year history 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. Look For:
Two headliner main stages on Lackawanna Plaza and Park Street
Two street stages featuring JAZZ HOUSE Alumni bands
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
FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
CURATED SELECTION OF FOOD + DRY GOOD VENDORS
8 HOURS OF MUSIC
BDP HOLDINGS STAGE @ LACKAWANNA PLAZA
STAGE 1: Bloomfield Ave and Lackawanna Plaza
3:00 PM Billy Hart Quartet
4:30 PM Alicia Olatuja
6:00 PM Sean Jones Quartet
7:30 PM Christian McBride All Stars featuring Mike Stern and Chris Potter
MONTCLAIR CENTER BID STAGE @ FULLERTON AVENUE
STAGE 3: Bloomfield Ave and Fullerton Avenue
ALUMNI ALL-STAR STAGE @ GLENRIDGE AVE
1:00 PM Patrick Gannon
2:30 PM Rayner Perez
4:00 PM Baker Street Trio + 1
5:00 PM Whisper McRae
6:30 PM Alex DeLazzari
ALUMNI ALL-STAR STAGE @ CHURCH STREET
1:00 PM JAZZ HOUSE Adult Big Band
2:00 PM Jalin Silver
3:30 PM Sen Raines
5:00 PM Kakuyon Mataeh
6:30 PM Galo Inga
Bassist extraordinaire, composer, arranger, band leader, jazz educator, arts administrator, radio show host—capably wearing all these hats has helped make Christian McBride one of the most important and omnipresent figures in the jazz world for more than 30 years.
With more than 350 recordings as both leader and sideman under his belt, he won a seventh GRAMMY Award in 2020 in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album for his participation in “Trilogy 2,” a live recording of his performance with drummer Brian Blade and the late, legendary pianist, Chick Corea.
This year, McBride's All-Star Band will feature heralded saxophonist CHRIS POTTER and one of the greatest contemporary jazz guitarists of his time, MIKE STERN.
THE BAYLOR PROJECT
What is "The Baylor Project?" A husband. A wife. An astonishing duo built on love, family, faith, culture and community. These are the things that power The Baylor Project featuring Jean Baylor and Marcus Baylor. This enticing collaboration is steeped in the heart and soul of jazz. As the children of pastors, Marcus and Jean's musical roots were planted deep within the church, and it was there that the road was paved for the influence of gospel, blues, soul, and jazz to make its mark. Their debut CD The Journey topped the Billboard Jazz Chart at Number 8 in 2017 and a year later garnered two GRAMMY® nominations for Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Traditional R&B Performance. Two years later during one of the most challenging years in recent history, the Baylors released their single, “Sit On Down” in 2020 which earned a 3rd GRAMMY® Nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance. Their second album, Generations, was released during Black Music Month and on the eve of Juneteenth, June 18th. This musical offering is a cultural anthology rooted in everyday life experiences that celebrate love, family, faith, and community.
With his several ensembles, pianist Zaccai Curtis layers a fresh new sound onto classic Afro-Cuban jazz concepts, mixing new arrangements of classics from Dizzy Gillespie and Kenny Dorham to Machito with his own original compositions. A four-time winner in the early 2000s of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award, Curtis and his quartet were selected by the U.S. State Department to join its Jazz Ambassadors program in 2006, performing throughout southeast Asia. His book, The Art of the Guajeo edited by John Santos is scheduled to be released in 2021.
Music and spirituality have always been intertwined in the artistic vision of trumpeter, bandleader, composer, educator, and activist Sean Jones. After Jones’ six-month stint with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis offered him a permanent position as lead trumpeter of the ensemble from 2004 until 2010. In addition, Jones has been prominently featured with many major figures in jazz, including Illinois Jacquet, Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, Nancy Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Gerald Wilson, and Marcus Miller. Jones is president of the Jazz Education Network and holds the Richard and Elizabeth Case Chair in Jazz Studies at The John Hopkins University’s Peabody Institute in Baltimore.
Raised in St. Louis as part of a musical family, Alicia Olatuja has steadily emerged over the last decade as one of the most gifted singers of her generation. Although Olatuja has developed her own vocal sound that blends opera and classical music with jazz, gospel, soul and other influences. In 2013, she toured with Billy Childs, performing music from the pianist’s Grammy Award-winning album Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro.
One of the most sought-after jazz drummers of his generation, Billy Hart has recorded 12 albums in his own name and performed as a sideman on more than 600 recordings. Upon moving to New York, he became associated with a group of like-minded and forward-thinking musicians, recording with Pharoah Sanders, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Joe Zawinul, and, especially, Herbie Hancock, with whom Hart spent three productive years in the pianist’s influential Mwandishi band.
Camille Thurman's rich tenor saxophone sound has been compared to Joe Henderson and Dexter Gordon, while her vocal skills—including impressive scatting—have drawn comparisons to Ella Fitzgerald and Betty Carter. For two seasons (2018 - 2020), she toured with the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, becoming the first woman in its 30-year history to perform full-time with the group.
Alto saxophonist, composer and educator Rudresh Mahanthappa is widely known as a premier voice in jazz of the 21st century. He has over a dozen albums to his credit, including the acclaimed Bird Calls, which topped many critics’ best-of-year lists for 2015. He is currently the Anthony H. P. Lee ’79 Director of Jazz at Princeton University. He has worked with Jack DeJohnette, Mark Dresser, Danilo Pérez, Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra and more.
JAZZ HOUSE COLLECTIVE + NATHAN EKLUND
Each year, The JAZZ HOUSE Collective, led by Nathan Eklund features original arrangements or compositions in tribute to one of jazz’s great luminaries. It’s fitting that this year the ensemble pays homage to Roy Hargrove, not just because of his sizable legacy as a trumpeter, composer and educator, but also because his bands featured so many outstanding young musicians.
Montclair native Emmet Cohen, leads the "Emmet Cohen Trio.” A multifaceted pianist and composer, Cohen received the American Pianists Award in 2019, and is the Cole Porter Fellow of the American Pianists Association and an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Indianapolis. He has performed, recorded, or collaborated with Ron Carter, George Coleman, Benny Golson, Jimmy Cobb, Tootie Heath, Christian McBride, and more. This year saw the release of Future Stride, his first album on Mack Avenue Records.