Montclair Jazz Festival announces set times


Christian McBride will be one of the performers at this year’s Montclair Jazz Festival.

Christian McBride will perform with his funky A Christian McBride Situation band, and Dee Dee Bridgewater will sing with both her own Memphis Soulphony group and the Jazz House Big Band, at this year’s Montclair Jazz Festival, which takes place Aug. 12 at Nishuane Park.

The free event — also featuring Cyrus Chestnut, Ted Chubb, Louis Prima Jr. and many others — is produced by the Montclair-based educational organization, Jazz House Kids, for which world class bassist McBride serves as artistic chair. His wife, singer Melissa Walker, is its president and founder.

Here are the set times for the event’s two stages. For information, visit


Noon: 52nd Street Big Band
12:30 p.m.: Philly Soul Big Band
1 p.m.: Bright Moments Big Band
1:15 p.m.: Afro-Latin Big Band
1 p.m.: Bright Moments Big Band
1:45 p.m.: The Big Solid Sax Mob
2:15 p.m.: Jazz House Vocal Large Ensemble
2:45 p.m.: The Ted Chubb Band
3:45 p.m.: Jazz House Collective: The Centennial Project
4:45 p.m.: Dynasty Big Band
5:15 p.m.: Jazz House Big Band featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater
6 p.m.: Cyrus Chestnut Trio
7 p.m.: Dee Dee Bridgewater and Memphis Soulphony
8 p.m.: A Christian McBride Situation, featuring DJ Logic and Bernard Purdie

12:30 p.m.:
Jazz House Alumni Ensemble
1:10 p.m.: Jazz Storytime with Christian McBride (presented by Montclair Public Library)
1:30 p.m.:
Jazz House Alumni Ensemble 
2:05 p.m.:
WeBop (presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center)
2:40 p.m.: Jazz Storytime with Louis Prima Jr. (presented by Montclair Public Library)
3:30 p.m.:
Jazz Storytime with Dee Dee Bridgewater (presented by Montclair Public Library)
4 p.m.:
Chica Power (presented by Jazz House Kids)
4:45 p.m.:
Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses
5:45 p.m.: WeBop (presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center)

There will also be art projects throughout the day, presented by the Montclair Art Museum.

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