Dianne Reeves will headline second free Jazz & Roots Music Festival at Kean University



One of the greatest living jazz singers, Dianne Reeves, will headline the second annual Jazz & Roots Music Festival, to be held on the lawn outside Enlow Hall at Kean University in Hillside, Sept. 24 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Other performers at the free festival will include the Kean University Jazz Ensemble, Blues People (featuring Mike Griot, Kelton Cooper, Victor Burks and Gene Lake), Don Braden and Karl Latham’s Big Fun(k), and Judah Tribe featuring Josh David.

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, and can bring their own food and drinks or patronize the food trucks that will be on hand.

The rain date will be Sept. 25 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Last year’s festival featured The Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Latin Experience, jazz guitarist Dave Stryker (who has spent much of this summer opening shows on a Steely Dan tour) and others.

For more information, visit kean.edu/jazz-roots.

Kean has also announced six shows in its 2022-23 Kean Stage series: Mandy Gonzalez and Javier Muñoz, Oct. 15 at Enlow Recital Hall; Chanticleer, Dec. 3 at Enlow Recital Hall; José Feliciano, Dec. 18 at the Wilkins Theatre; Step Afrika!, Jan. 22 at the Wilkins Theatre; Canadian Brass, Jan. 28 at Enlow Recital Hall; and The Kingdom Choir, March 11 at Enlow Recital Hall. Visit keanstage.com.

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