Exit Zero Jazz Festival 2017 Passes

The Exit Zero Jazz Festival takes place in Cape May, NJ, November 10-12, 2017. World class performances are held on stages both big and small, including headline concerts in the 1,177 seat Schmidtchen Theater, featured performances in the 800 capacity Cape May Convention Hall, and in numerous clubs and restaurants in the beach resort throughout the Festival weekend.

Avid festival goers find the ALL EVENT and DAY Passes provide the most economical way to attend multiple Festival events including headline and featured performances.

The ALL EVENT PASS includes:
*Reserved seat Fourplay & Gregory Porter
*General Admission Seat Cape May Convention Hall shows Nov 10-12
*First-come, first-served entry Festival clubs Nov. 10-12, 2017.

CAPE MAY BREWING COMPANY HOPS PASS includes first-come, first-serve entry into all Festival clubs Nov. 10-12, 2017

FRIDAY PASS includes Reserved Seat Fourplay performance Nov. 10 at 9:00PM
General Admission Seat Lizz Wright performance Nov 10 at 7:00PM
First-come, first served entry Festival clubs Nov. 10, 2017.

SATURDAY/SUNDAY PASS includes Reserved Seat Gregory Porter show Nov. 11
General Admission Seat Etienne Charles, Brian Blade Felllowship, Arturo O'Farrill, Ranky Tanky
First-come, first-served entry Festival clubs Nov. 11-12, 2017.

SUNDAY PASS includes General Admission Seat Ranky Tanky performance Nov 12.
First-come, first-served entry Festival clubs Nov.12, 2017.

No advance purchase for individual club performances. A $20.00 admission to club shows day of show at the door where the performance takes place is available ONLY if space permits.

Friday, November 10, MusicConnects Stage at Schmidtchen Theater, 9:00PM

Longevity among jazz groups is a surprisingly rare commodity. With relatively few exceptions, a run of a few years, at most, is standard; for a collective of jazz musicians to stick together for a decade or more is almost unheard of. That puts Fourplay in a league of their own. Since 1990, bassist Nathan East, keyboardist Bob James, guitarist Chuck Loeb (who joined five years ago) and drummer Harvey Mason have continued to explore together, their efforts resulting in what All Music Guide called one of “the most intuitive, forward-thinking and focused groups in modern jazz.

Saturday, November 11, MusicConnects Stage at Schmidtchen Theater, 7:00PM

An artist whose music is at once timeless yet utterly of its time, Gregory Porter solidifies his standing as his generation’s most soulful jazz singer-songwriter with Take Me to the Alley, winner of the 2017 GRAMMY Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album, and the much-anticipated follow-up to his sensational 2013 Blue Note debut Liquid Spirit. Yet in his remarkable career, Porter has time and again demonstrated an innate ability to transcend genre and connect with audiences from all walks of life, and his new music reflects the singer’s continued and mindful growth as an artist and as a person amidst the constant touring demands that have resulted from tremendous international success. Recently Porter moved his family from Brooklyn back to his hometown of Bakersfield, California, where he can be closer to his brothers and sisters. “The intensity of the road has caused a desire for me to be grounded,” Porter explains.

Acclaimed vocalist Lizz Wright is a steward of American music bringing brilliant color and vibrancy to singular original works and compositions by some of the greatest songwriters of our time. Wright has garnered widespread attention as one of the most venerable popular singers of her generation through the release of five critically acclaimed albums. From her breakout Verve debut album Salt to her forthcoming album GRACE on Concord Records, Wright lives life filled with beautiful possibilities centered on the power of song.

Through an inimitable voice that The New York Times touts as, “a smooth, dark alto possessed of qualities you might associate with barrel-aged bourbon or butter-soft leather,” Wright sings with a soaring reflection of the cultural fabric of America. She lies beneath the script of human history transcending social divides with an offer of love and deep sense of humanity. Her music accepts the beauty of reality and a collective experience of belonging. For the listener, Wright’s songs embody a tradition that allows us to always feel at home, wherever we might be physically or emotionally.

Wright culls inspiration from her Southern upbringing in Georgia where she was the musical director of a small church in which her father was the pastor. Gospel music, and the call and response singing with the church congregation, informed her first brushes with music. Singing classical repertoire with Dr. Dwight Coleman while attending Georgia State University (Atlanta), studying jazz and spirituals with Dr. Richard Harper of The New School (New York), personal study of the folk tradition, and traversing through the Great American Songbook all fostered a keen interest to discover her own voice across diverse genres.

At the age of 22, Wright made a name for herself nationally as a vocalist with a touring concert tribute to Billie Holiday, where her poised performance stole the show. At 23, she signed with Verve Records for the release of Salt, which topped Billboard’s contemporary jazz charts. Her subsequent albums (Dreaming Wide Awake, The Orchard, Fellowship, and 2015’s Freedom & Surrender) continued to top the charts and her latest single “Lean In” (from Freedom & Surrender) landed on President Obama’s 2016 Summer Playlist. NPR critic Ann Powers included Freedom & Surrender on her list of “Favorite Albums in 2015,” and the album has received rave reviews from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and many other publications.

Dedication to the long form and the cultivation of a balanced life with strong roots has brought Wright from New York City to the countryside outside of Asheville, North Carolina. A respite from the bustling city streets, the beautiful mountain woods provide the perfect backdrop for her writing. Rustic hikes and river swimming, living amongst lovers of the land, growing essential foods in the garden, and harnessing an appreciation for the earth. Wright lives and breathes with the freshness of the country air. In turn, her music remains vital and dynamic growing along with nature’s elements.

Wright’s upcoming full-length studio recording GRACE reveals the web of deep running roots of story and song that bind together the vastly diverse traditions that are the soul of the American South. Produced by Americana icon Joe Henry, GRACE features an expansive collection of 10 covers and an original co-write with Maia Sharp. Wright offers singular arrangements of music by Ray Charles, Allen Toussaint, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, k.d. lang, Bob Dylan, Frank Perkins and Mitchell Parish, as well as emerging artists Rose Cousins and Birds of Chicago.

GRACE is set for national release on Concord Records on Friday, September 15, 2017.

Exit Zero Jazz welcomes Etienne Charles & CreoleSoul back to Cape May, Saturday, November 11, 2017.

Hailed by The New York Times as “an auteur” and by JazzTimes as “A daring improviser who delivers with heart wrenching lyricism,” NPR’s All Things Considered calls Etienne, “a great young trumpeter…his records filter calypso, reggae and other Afro-Caribbean musics into a modern jazz conception.” Critics and audiences alike continue to praise the Trinidadian’s exciting performances, thrilling compositions, and his charismatic onstage presence. Etienne is a Guggenheim Fellow in the Creative Arts, Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet and Teacher Scholar at Michigan State University, and has been written in to US Congressional Record for his musical contributions to Trinidad & Tobago and the World.

Brian Blade Fellowship

Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Jazz pianist. Son of Chico O'Farrill

Terrance Simien

American zydeco musician, vocalist and songwriter, born 3 September 1965 in Mallet, Louisiana, USA.

Pedrito Martinez Group

Jazzmeia Horn

American jazz singer

New Breed Brass Band

Infusing funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop into a custom-made enhancement of second-line brass band tradition, the New Breed Brass Band lives and breathes the culture of New Orleans. “That’s what we came up under,” says 26-year-old snare drummer Jenard Andrews, pointing to successful second line bands like ReBirth, Dirty Dozen and Lil’ Rascals Brass Bands that they emulated. “Now we’re trying to take that sound and bring in some new stuff and expand it. We bring outside influences like Earth Wind & Fire and Brass Construction, trying to interpret a different song for every genre, and make it all our own sound.”

Spuyten Duyvil

American six-piece old-time music/folk rock band based in Yonkers, New York, and led by singer/songwriting couple Beth Kaufman and Mark Miller.


A 14-piece group formed by Edgardo Cintron, a talented Latin-jazz percussionist, Cintron made its debut with the release of Absolutely on March 20th, 2001, featuring Latin classics such as "Oye Como Va" and "Suavecito." Led by singer and executive producer Rocco de Persia and keyboardist Jimmy López, the band combines big band jazz style, traditional Latin rhythms, and contemporary pop/rock. Citron performed live at the New Millennium Diversity Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C., on January 20th, 2001, to honor President George W. Bush. Hit Men followed in 2003, reprising many of the tunes that were contained on Absolutely. Back in the Day was next in 2005, with a handful of new tracks appearing alongside previously released ones.

Trumpet player

$38.00 - $55.00


Festival ALL EVENT, DAY & HOPS Passes are the most economical way to see a wide variety of Festival performances. Upon ALL EVENT, DAY,or HOPS PASS purchase confirmation, a second email from Ticketfly will arrive with bar coded reserved seats for the concerts associated with the Pass you have purchased. There are no reserved seats associated with the Cape May Brewing Company Hops Pass. All Reserved Seats associated with a Pass are selected by Ticketfly in order of purchase. All Festival Passes and reserved seat tickets associated with a Festival Pass may be picked up at Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave., Cape May, NJ. Will Call Pickup begins Thursday, Nov 9 at 10AM and continues each Festival day from 10am-9pm, Friday, Nov 10-Sunday, Nov 12, 2017. Please have photo ID and receipt. All sales final.

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