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3 Day Countdown to the MONTCLAIR JAZZ FEST Block Party!

Saturday, August 12 | 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM

@ Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair - Hosted by WBGO's Nicole Sweeney

  • 12:00 PM | JAZZ HOUSE Ensembles

  • 4:30 PM | Charlie Sigler Quartet

  • 6:00 PM | Endea Owens & The Cookout

  • 7:30 PM | DJ Brother Mister Dance Party

THE MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL heats up for an all-day Saturday Lackawanna Block Party, a not-to-be-missed "mini-fest" double header with a Family Jazz Discovery Zone and food + artisan vendors.

Starting at 12 noon, the stage will showcase 160+ emerging musicians from 5 states and 6 continents who participated in the 2-week award-winning JAZZ HOUSE Summer Workshop held on the campus of Montclair State University – our biggest group ever!

Then, at 4:30 PM, stage host NICOLE SWEENEY from Newark’s WBGO introduces trailblazing guitarist CHARLIE SIGLER and his quartet who is then followed by one of the most vibrant artists on the scene today, ENDEA OWENS & The Cookout at 6:00 PM.

We hope you've been practicing your soul line dancing.

Capping off the evening at 7:30 PM, we’ll get our groove on for an inter-generational boogie fest and one of the largest street dance parties Montclair has ever seen, featuring DJ BROTHER MISTER, aka CHRISTIAN McBRIDE. All night long, he'll be spinning and mixing classic favorites on original vinyl from what he considers the "sweet spot" of dance music, the 1960s to 1990s, and often playing along, embellishing the bass line with his masterful skill.

"Classic soul is at the core of my DNA, everything from Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, and of course, my man, James Brown who was the inspiration for my DJ name, Brother Mister. It's going to be a fabulous night.”

~ Christian McBride, Artistic Director + Curator MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL

Lots to do for the wee-boppers.

Get into the Zone! The Family Jazz Discovery Zone is 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.

Bring your appetite (and some spending money).

Saturday's Block Party will also feature food and artisan vendors, the Jazz Beverage Garden featuring our soon-to-be-revealed 2023 Jazz Fest brew from Montclair Brewery, and the Dexter Gordon Open Air Lounge for Friends of the Festival and Take 5 Supporters.

Can't make it in person? Watch the Livestream!

Tune in to the MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL Facebook page and YouTube Channel where Yardbird Entertainment will be professionally livestreaming stage action through 7:30 PM.

For information on how to become a sponsor, supporter, volunteer or vendor for the 14th annual MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL, visit the website or download the festival app in the Google or Apple store.



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