A gorgeous summer day, incredible music from jazz greats, fantastic food, a Beer Garden, a Family Jazz Discovery Zone, and most of all — community —made this year’s Montclair Jazz Festival outstanding.
The festival was even bigger and better this year— with live streaming and a huge screen offering great views of the stage, as well as cooling stations to help folks stay hydrated. Jose James and Jazz House Kids student Birsa Chatterjee along with Melissa Walker and the new Jazz House Kids Vocal Academy all turned in impressive vocal performances. Then there was the fantastic Paquito D’Rivera Quintet, the spectacular Jazz House Kids Big Band and of course, Christian McBride’s Big Band closing out the festival and ending a beautiful day. Starting at noon, young musicians performing on the main stage as well as a second stage at the Family Jazz Discovery Zone, wowed audiences with their amazing talent.
Thousands of people of all ages (and pets) attended the annual free festival which is produced by Jazz House Kids‘ founder Melissa Walker and her husband Christian McBride, a four-time GRAMMY Award-winning bassist, composer and arranger.
Baristanet was a proud media sponsor (our beach balls and tote bags were a big hit!)