2017 Montclair Jazz Festival Guide: What You Need To Know (VIDEO)


The most important thing to know about the 2017 Montclair Jazz Festival? You don’t want to miss it. The biggest 1-day event in Montclair is all about music, fun, food and community. This year’s lineup features GRAMMY-Award winning headliners, regional favorites and performances on the main stage by more than 150 Jazz House Kids emerging musicians.

The all day “no tickets required” event features a Family Jazz Discovery Zone with activities for kids, a beer tent for grownups, parking shuttle, bike valet and 35+ concessions and vendors in sprawling Nishuane Park. Some 8,000-10,000 people are expected to attend.

The Montclair Jazz Festival is the brainchild of jazz vocalist and recording artist Melissa Walker. Walker is the president and founder of Jazz House Kids, a Montclair-based arts education and performance nonprofit that through 80 community concerts and the Montclair Jazz Festival reaches 25,000 people.

Award-winning bassist, composer and arranger Christian McBride, who is Jazz House Kids’ artistic chair and Montclair Jazz Festival artistic director (as well as artistic director for the Newport Jazz Festival!) will take the stage throughout the day. Award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson, from NBC’s “Chicago Med” and “Law and Order,” returns as mistress of ceremonies. Merkerson will be joined by WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM’s Gary Walker, as stage host.


Family Fun

Montclair Jazz Festival

Little be-boppers can groove while they play, create and enjoy story time at the Family Jazz Discovery Zone, a collaboration between Jazz House Kids, Montclair Public Library and Montclair Art Museum.

Getting There

A free Montclair Jazz Festival shuttle will run continuously from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., every 30 minutes, transporting passengers from designated parking lots to the Montclair Jazz Festival. If you decide to bike to the festival, Diamond Cycle is sponsoring free, on-site bike parking.

What To Bring

Your appetite! There will be food galore, from local restaurants and vendors, as well as a beer garden, sponsored by North Coast Brewing Company! Lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets are also permitted.

What: The 8th Annual Montclair Jazz Festival
When: Saturday, AUGUST 12, NOON – 9:00 PM (rain or shine)
Where: Nishuane Park, 48 High Street, Montclair
Cost: FREE!

Never been to the Montclair Jazz Festival?!? To see what it’s all about — check out the video below.

Baristanet is once again proud to be a media sponsor for the Montclair Jazz Festival. Come visit our tent at the festival — we would love to meet you.

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