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Montclair Jazz Festival to Go On Rain or Shine, Aug. 13


MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Jazz Festival, set to go on this Saturday, August 13, will take place rain or shine, organizers announce. The annual event draws thousands to Nishuane Park in Montclair for a memorable event. 

Set to begin at 12 noon and end after 8:30pm, the free event will bring together jazz icons such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, Louis Prima, Jr., Michelle Rosewoman and George Coleman, among many others.



The 2016 Montclair Jazz Festival is produced by JAZZ HOUSE KiDS and presented by The Bravitas Group/ Silver Family Foundation.
Festival Sponsors:
Stage Sponsors:
Artist Tent Sponsors:
Keller Williams NJ Metro Group, NJ Lenders Corp. and Foundation Title
Ben & Jerry's
The Schweppe Family
The DeSalvo Family / Fodera
Kensington Senior Living
Montclarion II: Columbia Bank, Pike Contracting, and Value Research Group
VIP Festival Fans:
Susan & Chris Gifford
Joe Tea
RHG Architecture + Design
William H. Connolly & Co.
Jack Finn & Company
Montclair Radiology
Schumacher Insurance Agency
Festival Fans:
BCB Bank
Paul Sionas / Alan Trembulak
Medical Marketing Economics
Events by Joni
Hair 491
Imbrogno Chiropractic
Partners for Health Foundation
Focus Physical Therapy & Wellness
Dr. Aurora DeJuliis
The Cali Family
Radius Digital Science
Willow Street Partners, LLC
Media Partners:
Community Partners:
Gibson Entertainment Services
Remote Digital Media (RDM)
Howl at the Moon Creative
Montclair Township
County of Essex
Montclair Public Library
Montclair Art Museum
Steinway & Sons
Egan & Sons, West Orange
Pig & Prince Restaurant
Once again, the Montclair Jazz Festival will be live streamed to audiences around the world, fromnoon to 9:00pm. 
Watch it, wherever you are, RIGHT HERE!
Jazz House Summer Workshop Sponsors
City National Bank
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area
Gia Maione Prima Foundation
Susan & Tom Dunn
The ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Fund
Mortgage Master
Montclair Fund for Women
Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation
Jazz House Summer Workshop In-Kind Supporters & Partners
Montclair State University
John J. Cali School of Music
MSU Auxiliary Services
Salvation Army of Montclair
The Iversen Family
Fun 4 all Entertainment
J&J Snack Foods
California Pizza Kitchen
Cheesecake Factory of Wayne
Applebee's of Clifton
Tropicana Products INC
Olive Garden of South Wayne
Friendly's of Bloomfield
Ruthie's Bar-B-Q & Pizza
C&C Cola
Ben & Jerry's
Keep an eye on our Montclair Jazz Festival Facebook page for updates!

Nishuane Park
48 High Street
Montclair, NJ 07042
Via public transportation: Take the 66 Bus from Port Authority. Get off at the Harrison Ave and Mississippi Rd stop. Take the Festival shuttle, or walk to the festival. ALTERNATIVELY, take NJ Transit Morris/Essex line to Dover, Transfer to Montclair Boonton line at Newark Broad Street. Get off at Bay Street Station, Montclair. The festival is a 10 minute walk from the station.
We are located off exit 148 on the Garden State Parkway. Merge onto John F Kennedy Dr N. Continue to John F Kennedy Dr N. Turn left onto Franklin Street, Left onto Burroughs Pl, Right onto Bloomfield Ave, Right onto Lincoln St and Continue onto High Street. See program for parking locations and shuttle stops.
  • Hillside School - 54 Orange Road, Montclair
  • Hillside Square - 8 Hillside Avenue, Montclair
  • Kensington Lot - 63-65 Church Street, Montclair
  • Our Lady of Lourdes - 1 Eagle Rock Ave, West Orange
  • Academy Square - 33 Plymouth Street, Montclair
  • Lackawanna Plaza - Lackawanna Plaza (Corner of Grove St. and Glenridge Ave)
  • St. Paul Baptist Church - 105 Elm St, Montclair
You don't want to miss this exceptional day of music!
Some of the brightest lights in jazz-including two NEA Jazz Masters and Christian McBride doing something completely different--will shine on the Bravitas stage on August 13.  No tickets required!
Dee Dee Bridgewater
photo: Mark Higashino
Word to the wise music fan: Stay to the end, when headliner Dee Dee Bridgewater and her Quintet take the stage. In a review of a recent performance, the Chicago Tribunecited her "enormous voice and outsized persona," and said she "can shift from the sensual to the sacred at a moment's notice."  In other words, the woman puts on a show.
Maybe that's because singing isn't the only trick in her bag.  Sure, she's a three-time GRAMMY Award winner and a newly minted NEA Jazz Master-one of only 19 women ever to have received that lifetime achievement honor - but Bridgewater is also an actress (her Glinda the Good Witch in "The Wiz" won her a Tony).  And host of NPR's syndicated radio showJazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater  from 2001 to 2014, she put a national mic to the music she loves. 
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, and raised in Detroit, Bridgewater made her New York debut when she was still in her twenties, as lead vocalist with the Thad Jones and Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. She's performed with many of the top players in jazz: Sonny Rollins,Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Max Roach, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and others. 
Bridgewater's schedule still includes ample touring around the world, as well as recording, most recently "Dee Dee's Feathers," with New Orleans trumpeter and bandleader Irvin Mayfield, a tribute to that city on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Dee Dee Bridgewater - Vocals
Theo Croker - Trumpet
Anthony Ware - Saxophone
Michael King - Piano and Organ
Eric Wheeler - Bass
Kassa Overall - Drums
 George Coleman
It's not often you get to hear a consummate player whose bandmates have included the likes of Max Roach, Miles Davis, Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Smith, Ron Carter, B.B. King, Harold Mabern...which is one reason we're beyond honored to bring NEA Jazz Master and saxophone titan George Coleman to the Montclair Jazz Festival!
Raised in Memphis--his classmates there included Hank Crawford and Charles Lloyd-- this tenor saxophonist has been ruling jazz stages and studios since the he moved in the 1950s to Chicago, where he ultimately joined Max Roach's group. Relocating to New York soon after, he joined Miles's quintet in 1963, and recorded six albums with the group that also included Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, and Ron Carter.
Now living in Jersey City and active as a jazz educator, Coleman received an NEA Jazz Master designation in 2015. Come to Nishuane Park on August 13and hear for yourself the man Miles Davis called "a hell of a musician."
George Coleman - Tenor Saxophone
Yotam Silberstein - Guitar
Mike LeDonne - Organ
George Coleman, Jr. - Drums
 A Christian McBride Situation
Photo: Chris Drukker
What, exactly, is A Christian McBride Situation? "It started in 2007, when a couple of guys in my band had to pull out two weeks before we were supposed to be headlining the Monterey Jazz Festival," answers the multi-Grammy winning McBride, a Montclair resident and artistic director of the Montclair Jazz Festival. "Uh oh," he recalls his tour manager saying. "Looks like we have a Christian McBride situation." 
Christian liked the sound of that. Loathe to hire replacements to quickly rehearse his group's music, he decided instead to pull together a sort of pop-up band-"A Christian McBride Situation"-from the deep pool of talent that was already going to be at the festival: people like pianist Patrice Rushen and DJ Logic handling percussion duty on the turntable.
"Ever since, when I want to do an electric, experimental kind of thing, that's what I call it," he says. Over the years, the fluid line-up has included artists as far-ranging as keyboardist Jason Lindner and former James Brown horn player, Fred Wesley. Gradually, a core group has coalesced that will head into the studio in December to record its first album.
But first, Christian's bringing A Situation to Nishuane Park, with Situation core members DJ Logic and saxophonist Ron Blake, and a special guest, famed funk drummer Bernard Purdie. So what's the music like? "Telling people what they're going to hear takes the fun out of it," Christian answers. "Whatever it is, it's gonna be funky. You can't help but dance with Bernard Purdie!"

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