Jon B. and Rahzel will kick off 2022-23 residency series at Montclair State with free concert

rahzel Jon B montclair state

Rahzel, left, and Jon B will perform at a free, open-to-the-public concert at Montclair State University, Oct. 2.

The John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University is inviting the general public to attend certain parts of its second annual Immersive Residency program. This is a series of seven week-long residencies featuring world-class musician and represents, according to the school’s website, “an ongoing exploration of the ever-changing landscape of music today, introducing students and the community at large to amazing events of today and to a future that will be, at times, less traditional.”

The first residency is Oct. 2-7 and will feature singer-songwriter Jon B. and rapper Rahzel, along with guests Toni Blackman, Elliot Gann and Amir Issaa. There will be eight free public events (pre-reservations are required) along with some events that will be open to students only.

These are the public events. All are at Leshowitz Recital Hall unless otherwise noted.

Oct. 2, 6 p.m. at Kasser Theater: “Kickoff Concert” with Jon B, and Rahzel, performing on their own and with Cali students.
Oct. 3, 1 p.m.: Beatboxing Masterclass with Rahzel.
Oct. 3, 6 p.m.: “Cali Conversations” with Rahzel, hosted by Cali director Anthony Mazzocchi.
Oct. 3, 8 p.m.: Afro-Italian rapper and activist Amir Issaa, performance and Q&A session.
Oct. 4, 11:15 a.m.: “Secrets to Audio Production.”
Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.: “Midweek Series” with rapper, entrepreneur and motivational speaker Toni Blackman.
Oct. 6, 4:30 p.m.: “Sample This: The Foundations of Sampling and Its Legacy on Beatmaking and Music Production” with Elliot Gann, director of the educational organization, Today’s Future Sound.
Oct. 7, 5 p.m. at Montclair State Outdoor Amphitheater: Grand Finale.


Future events in the series will feature:

Christian McBride (Oct. 18, Nov. 22, Jan. 25-27, Feb. 20-21 and March 13-14)
Cavani Quartet (Oct. 31-Nov. 6)
Rhiannon Giddens (Nov. 8-10)
Caroline Shaw (Feb. 6-12)
Voces8 (Feb. 15-17)
Decoda (March 20-26)

The series is co-presented with the Kaufman Music Center in New York.

For information, visit


Since launching in September 2014,, a 501(c)(3) organization, has become one of the most important media outlets for the Garden State arts scene. And it has always offered its content without a subscription fee, or a paywall. Its continued existence depends on support from members of that scene, and the state’s arts lovers. Please consider making a contribution of any amount to via PayPal, or by sending a check made out to to 11 Skytop Terrace, Montclair, NJ 07043.


Custom Amount

Personal Info

Donation Total: $20.00

Explore more articles:

Leave a Comment

Sign up for our Newsletter