Wynton Marsalis in Cape May

Two weeks from now we will be basking in the glow of having been entertained by one of the masters of the jazz trumpet, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Wynton is a Pulitzer Prize winner and 9 time Grammy Award Winner who leads some of the greatest soloists in the music today. He will headline the Exit Zero International Jazz Festival.

WTRI in Philadelphia describes the Exit 0 International Jazz Festival as, “what is becoming one of the hottest jazz gatherings on the East Coast.”

Jeff Duperon of WRTI is coming to Cape May to do a live broadcast of updates from the festival.

Wynton Marsalis in Cape May might just be the biggest entertainment coup in our area. Wynton will perform two live shows at the Schmidtchen Theater of Lower Cape May Regional High School. There will be two shows on Saturday night. One show at 6 PM and a second at 9. Tickets for both shows can be obtained via the festival website.

Cape May’s musical block of Beach Avenue will also be full of live entertainment. Cabannas, M’Ocean and Carneys will all be venues of live Jazz. These venues as well as the Schmidtchen Theater will have live music both Friday and Saturday night.

Since its debut in 2012, the Exit Zero Jazz Festival has quickly become an attraction for world-class musicians and music aficionados alike. During the Festival weekend, Cape May transforms into a jazz village as fans and musicians make their pilgrimage to our little town by the sea to witness first-rate performances from award-winning, critically acclaimed artists, exciting new artists on the scene, and local favorites.

JazzTimes said of the Festival weekend “it must be like that in Sundance when Hollywood comes to their town.”

The full line up of performers and venues throughout Cape May including Convention Hall can be found here.

My hope is that you will be enjoying the glow in a couple of weeks like the rest of us. Along with the festival sponsors there were still a few rooms remaining at the Victorian and Camelot motels.


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