Get ready, in two weeks, Cape May becomes cool. Starting May 30, the Exit Zero Jazz Festival will fill the town with music. Friday, locations in the middle of town will host a crowd of performers. They range from Cintron at Carney’s – a Latin big band, to the Gerald Clayton Trio at Alethea’s – a rigorously trained and very modern jazz group. Especially wonderful DeDe Bridgewater will be at Convention Hall with her beautiful theater-filling voice and eminently listenable styling.
Big Band Jazz
Saturday, there are over fourteen performances. But my favorite is Vince Giordano’s big band The Nighthawks. You keep looking into the wings, expecting Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to foxtrot out of the wings. The Nighthawks are from Brooklyn, and I’m from Queens, so they’re practically hometown boys.
Sunday, another six groups will perform. But, I want to point out Roberta Gambarini who has been described as the best jazz singer in the last sixty years. She’ll be appearing at Alethea’s at the Inn of Cape May.
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