BLOCK PARTY DATE CHANGE TO SUNDAY, AUGUST 15
Produced by The Jazz House Kids
Saturday, August 7 + Sunday, August 15
LACKAWANNA BLOCK PARTIES
The MONTCLAIR JAZZ FEST returns for 2 all-day block parties at Lackawanna Plaza in downtown Montclair, NJ.
2 ALL DAY BLOCK PARTIES FEATURING ACCLAIMED HEADLINERS + OUR JAZZ HOUSE SUMMER STUDENTS.
Saturday, August 7 | 12:00 - 9:00 pm
Sunday, August 15 | 12:00 - 7:00 pm
Sunday, August 15 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Dance with DJ Brother Mister who will be capping off the summer series. Join us for with an old school funk + soul party featuring DJ Brother Mister aka 7x GRAMMY winner Christian McBride
Rain Date: Sunday, August 15 | 7-9pm
No Tickets Required | Suggested Donation: $10
Beach and Lawn Chairs Welcome
Pop-Up Tents and Beach Umbrellas Prohibited
GET IN THE ZONE!
AN AFTERNOON OF FAMILY FUN
Bring your wee be-boppers to the FAMILY JAZZ DISCOVERY ZONE, a special place where kids and their families can gather to play, improvise, create, make new friends and of course, share our passion for jazz! Our community partners, Montclair Library, the YMCA of Montclair and the Montclair Art Museum will create an afternoon of fun at both August MONTCLAIR JAZZ FEST Block Parties.
AUGUST 7 + 14 | 12 NOON - 5:00 PM
FAMILY JAZZ DISCOVERY ZONE
JAZZ HOUSE EMERGING MUSICIANS
Keeping in the 12 year tradition of the MONTCLAIR JAZZ FEST, student ensembles from the JAZZ HOUSE Summer Workshop will take the Lackawanna Block Party stage throughout the afternoon starting at noon on Saturday. Directed by trumpeter and educator TED CHUBB, the award-winning workshop is back on the campus of Montclair State University for two sessions -- this week and the week of August 9. Each intensive session immerses students in the art of jazz performance and helps them become well-rounded musicians through masterclasses with acclaimed guest artists, workshops, ensemble performances and jam sessions with professional musicians.
Hitting the stage at 5:30 pm is bari saxophonist LAUREN SEVIAN, winner of GRAMMY and multiple jazz critics' poll awards. The leader of two ensembles, LSQ and LSAT (with Alexis Tarentino), Sevian also works frequently as a side player for the Mingus Big Band, Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band, Christian McBride's Big Band, Robin Eubanks Big Band, and the legendary Count Basie Orchestra. Her albums "Blueprint" (2009) and "Bliss" (2018) both received raves reviews. A dedicated educator, Lauren teaches at the Manhattan School of Music, Jazz at Lincoln Center (as the director of the Young Women's Jazz Orchestra), and the JAZZ HOUSE Summer Workshop.
At 4:30 pm, alto saxophonist and JAZZ HOUSE instructor IRWIN HALL hits the stage with his trio. A native of New Jersey, he studied East Asian philosophy at Princeton University before turning full-time to music. A master of flute, clarinet, and especially saxophone, he studied with organist Radam Schwartz -- who will be playing with Hall's band on Saturday -- and honed his professional skills in the bands of vocalists Melody Gardot and NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater. He's also toured extensively with singer Jazzmeia Horn, bassist Charnett Moffatt, and others. Hall now leads two bands of his own, Toronto Sounds and the Irwin Hall Organ Trio, whose album "We In It" was released this year.
DJ BROTHER MISTER
Dance with DJ Brother Mister who will be capping off the summer series. Join us for with an old school funk + soul party featuring DJ Brother Mister aka 7x GRAMMY winner CHRISTIAN McBRIDE.
Born in Vancouver and raised in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Ingrid Jensen has been hailed as one of the most gifted trumpeters of her generation. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1989, she went on to record three highly acclaimed CDs for the ENJA record label, soon becoming one of the most in-demand trumpet players on the global jazz scene.
After a teaching stint in Europe in her early twenties – as the youngest professor in the history of the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz, Austria – Ingrid settled in New York City in the mid-1990s where she joined the innovative jazz orchestras of Maria Schneider and Darcy James Argue. More recently, Ingrid has performed with the Grammy-winning Terri-Lyne Carrington and her Mosaic Project, Helen Sung’s Sung with Words project and the highly acclaimed all-star ensemble, Artemis.
Kelly Green is a pianist, vocalist, and composer currently based out of New York City. After completing her studies with a Masters Degree in Jazz Piano Performance at William Paterson University she has gone on to produce two critically acclaimed albums and perform all over the world with her duo Green Soul and her trio.
Most notably, the Kelly Green Trio has performed at the Kennedy Center, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Mezzrow, the Jazz Standard, Smalls, 55 Bar, and Birdland Theater. Kelly has performed alongside luminaries such as George Coleman, Gene Bertoncini, Christian McBride, TK Blue, Frank Lacy, Philip Harper among others.
As a teacher, she has held down a private studio for many years and has been a teaching artist at the University of North Florida Jazz Workshop, the William Paterson University Summer Jazz Workshop, and has been a year round teaching artist at Jazz House Kids for the past 7 years.
LEE HOGANS + PURSUANCE
Trumpeter LEE HOGANS lights up the evening with his band Pursuance. Hogans has been a JAZZ HOUSE instructor for close to 10 years, and recently became Director of Music and Education. Lee is a gifted teacher and an impeccable musician who has toured and performed with Maceo Parker, Illinois Jacquet, Marcus Miller, and Prince, among many others. An Atlanta native with a Masters of Music from Rutgers University -- where he studied with such giants as William Fielder and Clark Terry -- Lee rounds out a busy JAZZ HOUSE schedule with studio recording, producing, and performing.
FREE Parking for the public is available at the Lower Lackawanna Plaza parking lot with the entrance on Glenridge Ave (southeast of Grove Street)
Metered Parking, which must be fed until 7:00 pm, can be found along all township streets
Parking Garage adjacent to the Bay Street NJ Transit train station is a 10 minute walk away