SOMERVILLE, NJ - He’s been dubbed the “Piano Prince of New Orleans,” but for a few hours late Sunday afternoon, Davell Crawford presided as the “King of the Central New Jersey Jazz Festival,” entertaining thousands of jazz aficionados gathered on East Main Street and the lawn of the historic Somerset County Courthouse.
Crawford, accompanied by drums and bass, was accorded the honor of the final set as the three-day jazz fest, which began in Flemington Friday before moving to New Brunswick on Saturday, drew to a close.
Dozens of jazz musicians were on stage all three days.
Sunday’s performances in Somerville included Marion Cowings, Claire Daly and the Jazz House Kids, a community arts organization dedicated to educating school age kids about jazz. This was the sixth year the Jazz House Kids shared the stage with professional musicians in Somerville.
The Jazz Festival ran in conjunction with a four-day celebration of the visual and musical arts in Somerville; Arts on Division 2017 featured gallery tours, art shows, live rock music, a concert by the Whitehouse Wind Symphony and graffiti cube paining on Division Street.