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Exit Zero Jazz Festival Returns October 1-3

Exit Zero Jazz Festival Returns October 1-3

(CAPE MAY, NJ) -- The Exit Zero Jazz Festival will take place October 1-3, 2021 in two venues across three stages in Cape May. Headliners this year include Chris Botti, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terence Blanchard's E-Collective + Turtle Island Quartet, Paquito D'Rivera Quintet, Kenny Garrett Quintet, Robert Randolph Family Band, and Jazzmeia Horn.

International touring artists perform on 2 outdoor stages on the grounds of the Exit Zero Ferry Park, located at the Cape May Ferry Terminal. Music at Exit Zero Ferry Park runs from 11am-7pm each Festival day, October 1, October 2, and October 3. The Cape May Convention Hall Beach Stage will host many genres of music on both October 2 and October 3, and there will be a limited in-door schedule in bars/restaurants of Cape May each night of the Festival.   You might find yourself one minute second-lining to a New Orleans brass band, and, in the next, snaking through town behind a 22-piece Brazilian drum bloco. The joy of the Exit Zero Jazz Festival is in the discovery of incredible music and musicians you may never have known existed.

Single day and 3-day festival passes are available for purchase online. Gates at all Festival venues open one hour prior to opening act on each stage. 

The health, safety and well-being of patrons, artists, staff, and volunteers is of utmost importance to the festival. In October of 2020 and again in April of 2021, the Exit Zero Jazz Festival was the only jazz festival to go live in North America. They were able to send all attendees and participants back to their homes and communities healthy because of of our attendees and participants respected the safety protocols and regulations that were in place. To ensure that they are able to move forward with the Festival in the safest manner possible, the festival is requiring all participants-artists, staff, volunteers and attendees age 12 and older - to show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination or proof of a negative Covid-19 test administered no more than 72 hours prior to entering the Festival gates. Those under the age of 12 will be required to wear a mask at all times, and the festival encourages all attendees to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status in any in-door facilities on the Festival grounds. They will continue to closely monitor recommendations from the State of New Jersey and the CDC leading up to the Festival and will share additional updates as needed on their website and social media.

The Exit Zero Jazz Festival debuted in November 2012 in the national historic landmark city of Cape May, a picturesque beach town on the very southern tip of New Jersey.



Lineup and Schedule

Friday, October 1 @ Exit Zero Ferry Park

11:00am - Samara Joy featuring Pasquale Grasso Trio

12:10pm - Nicholas Payton Trio

1:10pm - Buster Williams & Something More

2:30pm - Big Chief Donald Harrison and the Congo Square Nation

3:40pm - Revive Big Band

4:40pm - Robert Randolph Family Band 

6:00pm - Chris Botti 

Friday, October 1 @ Carney's Main Room


9:00pm - High & Mighty Brass Band

Saturday, October 2 @ Exit Zero Ferry Park 

11:00am - Martina DaSilva

12:10pm - Francis Mbappe & FM Tribe

1:20pm - Captain Black Big Band

2:30pm - Raul Midon & Lionel Loueke

3:40pm - Terence Blanchard featuring E-Collective & Turtle Island Quartet

4:50pm - Nate Smith + Kinfolk

6:00pm - Dee Dee Bridgewater featuring the Memphis Soulphony

Saturday, October 2 @ Cape May Convention Hall Beach Stage 

12:00pm Brass Queens

Snacktime Philly

Davina & The Vagabonds 


Saturday, October 2 @ Carney's Main Room

Snacktime Philly

Sunday, October 3 @ Exit Zero Ferry Bank

11:00am - Phillybloco

12:00pm - Pat Bianchi Trio

1:10pm - Terreno Comum

2:20pm - Maurice "Mobetta" Brown

3:30pm - Paquito D'Rivera Quintet

4:45pm - Jazzmeia Horn

6:00pm - Kenny Garrett Quintet

Sunday, October 3 @ Cape May Convention Hall Beach Stage

Davina & The Vagabonds 

Roosevelt Collier 

Sunday, October 3 @ Carney's Main Room

Roosevelt Collier 


originally published: 09/15/2021



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