In a town that has a film festival and a food and wine festival, you gotta have a jazz festival. And Montclair has one—an amazing one with the 4th annual Montclair Jazz Festival Saturday. The full day of swinging music happens on Saturday, August 17 in Nishuane Park from noon to 8 pm. — and yes, this is a first — there will be a beer garden!
Produced by Jazz House Kids under the direction of its jazz powerhouse duo—jazz vocalist & recording artist Melissa Walker and with creative direction from bass virtuoso Christian McBride—the Montclair Jazz Festival features world-class artistry in a family-friendly environment.
“It’s been exciting to see how in just a few short years, our festival has blossomed into one of New Jersey’s significant summer music events with more than 3,500 in attendance,” says Melissa Walker, president and founder of Jazz House Kids. “Montclair, known for its arts scene, now has a jazz festival to add to its cultural offerings.”
The 2013 Line up includes:
- Christian McBride with special guests Kenny Barron and Carl Allen
- Anat Cohen & the Choro Ensemble
- Oscar Perez Nuevo Comienzo with special guest Melissa Walker
- Ed Palermo Big Band does Zappa & More
- Freddie Hendrix Septet
- Jazz House Kids Large Ensembles
Between acts the talented students from Jazz House Kids Summer Music Workshop will perform and WBGO Jazz 88.3FM’s on-air host Gary Walker will be on hand to emcee.
Bring lawn chairs or blankets. You can pack a picnic too, but food vendors are there for tasty options. And new in 2013 is a Beer Garden sponsored by North Coast Brewing Co. In partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute, North Coast Brewing has created a special beer (proceeds of which benefit the Institute), Brother Thelonious, which will be one of four beers for fans to sample this year.
The show goes on rain or shine, with the rain location at the Salvation Army Citadel, 13 Trinity Place in Montclair.