Cape May Jazz Fest Presents Grammy Winner

The Cape May Jazz Fest presents Grammy winner Samara Joy

Before Samara Joy won the Grammy for Best New Artist in February, she had already contracted the Spring 2023 Exit Zero Jazz Festival performance.

“This was her third appearance in Cape May at just 23 years old; she is an artist we hope to work with for years because of her talent, work ethic, and the working relationship we have developed with her team. I go back at least twenty years in this business with her manager,” said Michael Kline, Executive Director of the Cape May Jazz Foundation.

Winning two Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist, meant Samara understands how to cross over and connect with so many different audiences while staying true to who she is. It’s astounding she has over 500k followers on Tik Tok while singing straight-up jazz. Her talent is undeniable, and she’s a beautiful person – she’s real and that connects with people.

The Festival is operated by the Cape May Jazz Festival Foundation, a New Jersey non-profit 501 (c)3. The Foundation champions the cultivation and discovery of jazz, blues, and folk music for all.

“We aim to have an impact 365 days a year – not just the seven days of the Exit Zero Jazz Festival. This past Saturday, Ocean City and Lower Cape May Regional High School students led the Second Line, along with our 2023 Artist in Residence Alphonso Horne.” Kline said.

Stages in Rotary Park were free and featured the terrific student bands, the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz, and the Children’s Choir of South Jersey.

Carneys also hosted stages where the Brother Joscephus Love Revolution performed for packed houses.

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