Montclair Jazz Fest adds live streaming plus mid-day concert series

by JAY LUSTIG
JOSE JAMES

JANETTE BECKMAN

JOSE JAMES

The Montclair Jazz Festival is expanding in two significant ways this year, streaming its nine hours of music online on Aug. 15, and presenting 10 mid-day concerts in the two weeks leading up to the festival, starting today.

The festival takes place at Nishuane Park, while the mid-day concerts will be at the amphitheater at Montclair State University. Everything is free; visit montclairjazzfestival.org for information.

The streaming will take place at jazztimes.com as well as at montclairjazzfestival.org.

The Aug. 15 festival will take place from noon to 9 p.m. and feature JosĂ© James, the Paquito D’Rivera Quintet, the Christian McBride Big Band (with singer Melissa Walker), Radam Schwartz + Organized, the Jazz House Faculty Collective (directed by Ed Palermo) and Jazz House Kids’ student ensembles and vocal groups.

The amphitheater shows will take place from 2:15 to 3:30 (the rain location is Montclair State’s Leshowitz Recital Hall) and feature:

Aug. 3-4: Jazz House Summer Workshop faculty.
Aug. 5: Rudresh Mahanthappa, Geoff Keezer, Tia Fuller.
Aug. 6: Symposium with Christian McBride.
Aug. 7: TBD.
Aug. 10: Jazz House Summer Workshop teaching assistants and alumni.
Aug. 11: Radam Schwartz + Organized (Schwartz, Mike Lee, Josh Evans, Vince Ector, Charlie Sigler, Dylan Pramuk).
Aug. 12: Christian McBride, Billy Hart.
Aug. 13: Jazz House Faculty Collective, directed by Ed Palermo.
Aug. 14: Student combo recital.

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