The 7th Autumn Edition of the Exit Zero Jazz Festival kicks off in Cape May, NJ, November 8-11, 2018. More than 40+ sets of world-class music will be presented over the Festival weekend on the Main Stages, clubs, and streets of Cape May. Festival Producer Michael Kline has crafted a world-class lineup of Grammy Winners, NEA Jazz Masters, and an eclectic mix of many different genres of music. The festivities kicks off on Thursday night, November 8, with A Night in New Orleans: A Benefit Concert for Music Connects, the non-profit, educational outreach initiative of the Festival. A Night In New Orleans features New Orleans luminary Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers. The Exit Zero Jazz Festival headliners count off Friday, November 9th on the Music Connects Stage in Schmidtchen Theater with one of the most influential artists of our time, the legendary Marcus Miller. At the top of his game for over 30 years, he is a two-time Grammy award winner, (U.S.), winner of the 2010 Victoire du Jazz (France) and in 2013, was appointed a UNESCO Artist For Peace. His characteristic bass sound can be heard on a limitless catalog of musical hits from Bill Wither’s “Just The Two Of Us”, to Luther Vandross’ “Never Too Much”, to songs from Chaka Khan, David Sanborn, Herbie Hancock, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Elton John and Bryan Ferry to name a few. With his distinctive style – a unique combination of funk, groove, soul and pure technical skills – Miller has been referred to as one of the most significant bass players in jazz, R &B, fusion and soul. Saturday, November 10th, Exit Zero Jazz presents NEA Jazz Master and Grammy Award Winner DIANNE REEVES, the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world today. As a result of her virtuosity, improvisational prowess and unique jazz and R&B stylings, Dianne has received five Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album, an honorary doctorate of music from Julliard and was recently named a 2018 National Endowment of the Arts ‘ Jazz Master.
The Exit Zero Jazz Festival is a multi-venue festival with two headline concerts in Schmidtchen Theater on the Music Connects Stage powered by Atlantic City Electric, featured concerts in Cape May Convention Hall on the It’s a Breeze & Hawk Haven Stage, and the Cape May Brewing Company Hops Pass Club Series features a wide array of music in the clubs and restaurants of Cape May. The Hops Pass Club Series encourages fest- goers to enjoy many different genres of music throughout the weekend, all within walking distance of Cape May Convention Hall and many Cape May hotels.