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jazz on the cape


Twice a year, the Exit Zero Jazz Festival takes over the historic seaside town of Cape May, transforming it into a music village that welcomes blockbuster jazz, soul, blues, NEA Jazz Masters, Grammy-winning legends and crowd favorites.

International touring artists such as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Gregory Porter, Jon Batiste, Dianne Reeves, Pat Metheny, Dr. John, Ron Carter and Fourplay lead an impressive list of artists who have performed at the festival.

The 2019 Headline Artists include the legendary Chick Corea, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Lizz Wright, The NOJO 7 and José James.

Exit Zero Jazz draws musical inspiration from musicians around the globe. Many of these bands are featured on the Cape May Brewing Company Hops Pass club series, which allows festival-goers to stroll from club to club along the Cape May beachfront, soaking up the exhilarating sounds - proving that the magic of the festival is not who you know, but the discovery of bands and musics you maybe didn’t know.