PRESS + MEDIA
2019 MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL PRESS RELEASE
The two-week 10th Anniversary MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL, produced by JAZZ HOUSE KiDS features Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson internationally renowned jazz musicians, and up-and-coming jazz stars of the future: the students of JAZZ HOUSE KiDS. Artistic Direction by GRAMMY® award-winning bassist Christian McBride.
MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL TIMELINE
A Family Affair
The first MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL in Nishuane Park is held on a grass stage featuring JAZZ HOUSE Summer Workshop students + faculty. 300 families + friends attend.
Distinguished Special Guests
Award-winning pianist Monty Alexander is our first headliner...Sorry Monty, only an electric piano for your first visit to the MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL! Audience doubles in size as word gets out about our free all-day jazz in the park.
MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL Goes Big!
The MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL goes big with a new professional stage and acoustic piano; first official sponsors + vendors. WBGO’s Gary Walker joins as MC. Thousands come for a great day of music!
More Festival Firsts!
NEA provides major funding.
The festival moves to the other side of Nishuane Park and gets a bigger stage. The Family Jazz Discovery Zone is introduced. The first MJF Beer Garden opens, thanks to North Coast Brewing Co. Our global livestream debuts!
The MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL Gets A New Look!
The Bravitas Group/Silver Family Foundation joins as title sponsor, thanks to Rhonda and Bob Silver! Actor S. Epatha Merkerson is new Mistress of Ceremonies...Chicago Med and Law and Order are in the house! The iconic jazz art of Andres Chaparro becomes the face of the MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL.
Audience Topples 10,000 Mark
The MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL audience topples 10,000 as the GRAMMY-winning Christian McBride Big Band featuring Melissa Walker closes the festival. The party continues at our first Post-Party Jam Session!
Destination: Montclair, NJ!
A second stage in the Family Jazz Discovery Zone is added featuring music all day. 10,000+ music fans attend despite extreme record heat. MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL has the dubious distinction of hottest day of the year!
MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL wins the Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Awards for “Favorite Music Festival.” Dee Dee Bridgewater returns. Two jam-packed weeks of programming lead up to Saturday in the park.
The Festival That Almost Wasn’t
Torrential rains and a NJ State of Emergency on August 11th force the first ever outdoor site cancellation, but even the floods can't stop the MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL!
Celebrating 10 Years
The MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL celebrates its 10th Anniversary with 16 days of music across Montclair, New Jersey!