Lineup and schedule announced for Montclair Jazz Festival’s Downtown Jamboree


The 2022 edition of the Montclair Jazz Festival will feature a star-studded lineup.

Singer Danielle Ponder, bassist Christian McBride and the all-star group Artemis will be among the performers at the Montclair Jazz Festival’s free, outdoor Downtown Jamboree, produced by the Montclair-based educational organization Jazz House Kids and taking place Sept. 10.

McBride, the festival’s artistic director and curator, said in a press release: “It becomes a bigger joy each year to bring you some of the greatest jazz artists in the world right here to our Montclair community … this year promises to be a year that will be hard to top in the future! Oh yeah, I’m playing, too, bringing you a new band that I think you will enjoy a LOT.”

The festival is already underway, with other events leading up to Sept. 10. The schedule is below. For information and updates, visit

AUG. 12

Montclair Brewery
7:30 p.m.:
Friends of the Festival Mix, Mingle + Music

AUG. 13

Block Party at Lackawanna Plaza
Noon-4 p.m.:
Jazz House Kids Ensembles
4-7 p.m.:
Nicole Glover; Winard Harper & Jeli Posse
7-10 p.m.:
DJ Brother Mister (aka Christian McBride) Dance Party


7 p.m.: Screening and patron reception at Clairidge Theater


Art Meets Jazz at Montclair Art Museum
7 p.m.: Carla Cook Trio (ticketed event)

SEPT. 10

Downtown Jamboree at BDP Holdings Lackawanna Stage
1:30 p.m.: Jazz House Collective Celebrates Charles Mingus
3 p.m.: Ozmosys featuring Omar Hakim and Rachel Z
4:30 p.m.: Artemis featuring Renee Rosnes, Ingrid Jenson, Alexa Tarantino, Nicole Glover, Noriko Ueda and Allison Miller
6 p.m.: Christian McBride + Friends
7:45 p.m.: Danielle Ponder

Uptown at The Fullerton Stage, Bloomfield and Fullerton avenues
1 p.m.: Matthew Whitaker
2:30 p.m.: Claudia Acuña
4 p.m.: The Cookers featuring Billy Harper, Cecil McBee, George Cables, Eddie Henderson, Billy Hart, David Weiss, Donald Harrison
5:30 p.m.: Immanuel Wilkins
7 p.m.: Monty Alexander

Midtown at The Blue Note at Sea Street Stage, Bloomfield Avenue and Seymour Street
1 p.m.: Moody Scholars
2 p.m.: Nathan Farrell Quartet
3 p.m.: Esteban Castro Trio
4 p.m.: The Dorsey Quintet
5 p.m.: Montclair State University All-Stars
6 p.m.: Jazz House All Stars/Blue Note at Sea Band

After Party at Wellmont Theater
9 p.m.:
DJ Logic


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