Wednesdays | July 31 + August 7


Rising jazz stars perform in a cozy Montclair, NJ restaurant and lounge with a classic NYC vibe. Come for the ambiance and enjoy fresh, funky arrangements of big band music by legendary jazz composers.


Date: Wednesday, July 31
First Show: 7:00pm *NEW* Second show added 9:30pm
Location: Montclair Social Club | 499 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair NJ

PIANO STARS: Emmet Cohen Trio + Isaiah Thompson 

Hear two of the hottest rising pianists on the scene today! Emmet Cohen and Isaiah Thompson perform in a cozy lounge with a classic NYC jazz club vibe and some of the best food and drinks in town.  Both pianists have Montclair, NJ, roots, and both are recent winners of major music awards.


MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL is proud to welcome home Emmet Cohen, a graduate of Montclair High School, Miami Frost School of Music, and the Manhattan School of Music, and 2019 winner of the American Pianists Award. Emmet, 29, has performed with Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, Debbie Allen, Jimmy Heath, and Christian McBride, among others, and has brought his trio to Newport, North Sea, and Monterey jazz festivals as well as to most major jazz venues in New York City.


Also performing is - JAZZ HOUSE KiDS alumnus and Juilliard School of Music senior Isaiah Thompson, of West Orange, who in 2018 received second place in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition--an event judged by Herbie Hancock, Monty Alexander, and Jason Moran, among other current piano greats.

$25 Advance | $30 At the door

Date: Wednesday, August 7
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Montclair Social Club | 499 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair NJ

BIG BAND NIGHT: The Ed Palermo Big Band

Indescribably delicious, the Ed Palermo Big Band lays down a musical feast that always includes large portions of the unexpected! A JAZZ HOUSE KiDS instructor, Palermo, who is the band’s director, arranger, and frequent composer, recently told “DownBeat” magazine for a review of their latest release “A Lousy Day in Harlem,” “My thinking is, I’m going to have as much fun as possible, and I’m going to ram that fun down the throat of anyone who comes to my show.” Come hungry--not only is the music tasty, but the Montclair Social Club offers some of the best food and drinks in town.

$25 Advance | $30 At the door