Montclair Jazz Festival to feature four stages in town’s downtown area (SEE SCHEDULE)

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Jean Baylor, left, and Marcus Baylor of The Baylor Project.

The final event of this year’s Montclair Jazz Festival will be a “Downtown Jamboree,” with four stages offering music from 1 to 9 p.m., Sept. 25. Montclair’s main drag, Bloomfield Avenue, will be closed to car traffic from Grove Street to Midland Avenue, for the occasion.

This will be the first time the Montclair Jazz Festival has presented this kind of finale in its 12 year history.

The festival, which is produced by the Montclair-based Jazz House Kids educational organization, will have two main stages and two other stages. Arts and food vendors will also be on hand. Lawn chairs are recommended. The event is free, though there is a suggested donation of $10.

Bassist and Jazz House Kids artistic director Christian McBride will headline one main stage with his Christian McBride All Stars group, featuring guitarist Mike Stern and saxophonist Chris Potter. The other will be headlined by the Baylor Project, featuring the husband-and-wife team of Jean Baylor (formerly of the R&B duo Zhané) and Marcus Baylor (formerly of jazz fusion group The Yellowjackets).



Here is the schedule:

BDP Holdings Stage, Bloomfield Avenue and Lackawanna Plaza

1:30 p.m.: Jazz House Collective tribute to Roy Hargrove, led by Nathan Eklund
3 p.m.: Billy Hart Quartet
4:30 p.m.: Alicia Olatuja
6 p.m.: Sean Jones Quartet
7:30 p.m.: Christian McBride All Stars featuring Mike Stern and Chris Potter

Montclair Center BID Stage, Bloomfield Avenue and Fullerton Avenue
1 p.m.: Zaccai Curtis Afro-Cuban Jazz Quartet featuring Yosvany Terry
2:30 p.m.: Rudresh Mahanthappa Hero Trio featuring Gene Lake and Linda May Han Oh
4 p.m.: Camille Thurman Quintet
5:30 p.m.: Emmet Cohen Trio
7 p.m.: The Baylor Project

Jazz House Kids Alumni All-Star Stage, Glenridge Avenue
1 p.m.: Patrick Gannon
2:30 p.m.: Rayner Perez
4 p.m.: Baker Street Trio + 1
5 p.m.: Whisper McRae
6:30 p.m.: Alex DeLazzari

Jazz House Kids Alumni All-Star Stage, Church Street
1 p.m.: Jazz House Adult Big Band
2 p.m.: Jalin Silver
3:30 p.m.: Sen Raines
5 p.m.: Kakuyon Mataeh
6:30 p.m.: Galo Inga

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