SOMERVILLE, NJ – The It was all about jazz Sunday with thousands descending on Main Street Somerville for five hours of music topping off the three-day Central Jersey Jazz Festival, which included performances in Flemington Friday night and New Brunswick Saturday night.
Yesterday was the tenth anniversary of the jazz festival, founded by Rick St. Pierre, owner of Verve Restaurant, Bar & Bistro on East Main Street. The Somerville Jazz Festival has since expanded from the one-day show in Somerville the first few years to include the shows in New Brunswick and Flemington.
Tenor Saxophonist Javon Jackson opened Sunday's concert on the East Main Street stage, followed by vocalist Brianne Thomas. Nat Adderley Jr., a songwriter and composer best known for his work with Luther Vandross closed out the five-hour concert..
The NJ PAC Jazz for Teens ensemble performed between sets on the steps of the historic Somerset County Courthouse.
Sheila E. Anderson, author and on-air personality of WBGO, Jazz 88.3; hosted Sunday's performances, which were also hosted by the Downtown Somerville Alliance and Arts on Division.