Montclair Jazz Festival Reveals Star-Studded Lineup for Downtown Jamboree with Regina Carter, Christian McBride, Antibalas, Steve Turre & More

The Montclair Jazz Festival returns for its 14th iteration with an eclectic mix of jazz greats, world music, soul, and indie rock heading up its Downtown Jamboree including Regina Carter, Antibalas, Christian McBride, Steve Turre, Melanie Charles, Edmar Castaneda, Michael Mmwenso, The Shakes and many more. Produced by JAZZ HOUSE KiDS, the jamboree descends on downtown Montclair, NJ on September 9 with several concerts and community events scheduled to take place during the time leading up to the main event.


Regina Carter Press Photo

Curated by eight-time Grammy Award-winning bassist Christian McBride, Montclair Jazz Festival is perhaps the most popular jazz festival in the greater New York City area that’s free to the public and one of the largest jazz festivals in the country. Ahead of the Downtown Jamboree, Montclair Jazz Festival officially kicks off on August 12 with ten hours of live music at the Lackawanna Plaza Block Party. Showcasing Jazz House Kids’ mission in action, the Block Party festivities begin with 150 Jazz House emerging musicians performing in seven big bands and a vocal choir. The students are followed by a set from jazz guitarist Charlie Sigler and finally Grammy-winning Endea Owens & the Cookout. After a day of live jazz, fans get on their feet for a funk and soul Dance Party DJ’d by Brother Mister (aka Christian McBride).


Christian McBride Photo Courtesy of Montclair Jazz Festival FaceBook Page

“It’s going to be yet another fabulous year at the Montclair Jazz Festival with such great artists, both up and coming and legendary, joining us,” said McBride. “Regina Carter, Antibalas, Steve Turre, Endea Owens, our Jazz House Collective and so many more, promise to make this year another hit.”


Sprinkled in between the two big dates are the Soundcheck Series on July 27 and August 24. Held in the Jazz House Annex, the second floor of Jazz House Kids’ hub in downtown Montclair, the July date features a set from versatile saxophone stylist and Jazz House teaching artist saxophonist Bruce Williams and his band, with a student ensemble opening act and two-hour jam session. August 24 welcomes dynamic drummer and tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss.


Roxy Coss Press Photo

More than 25,000 fans are expected to attend the festival featuring 50 acts, 250 artists, family jazz activities, and 200 vendors. One of the hallmarks of the festival will be on the Jazz Cruise Alumni Stage @ Midtown, which features Jazz House alumni and their peers. This amalgamation of artists constitutes some of the nation’s top talent who trained at the JAZZ HOUSE KiDS, one of the nation’s foremost jazz education and performance organizations.



“What is so unique about the Montclair Jazz Fesival’s downtown takeover is that it represents the coming together of Jazz House Kids’ full mission to provide access, learning, career development and community building through the American artform of jazz,” said Melissa Walker, founder & president of Jazz House. “Its treasured practitioners provide inspired mentorship for our emerging talent throughout the year and will create a joyous afternoon with incredible performances for thousands of fans.”


David Placek, Managing Partner of BDP Holdings, LLC, a principle festival sponsor added, “As the presenting sponsors of the Montclair Jazz Festival, we are so excited about the all-star lineup for the Block Party and the Jamboree at Lackawanna Plaza and downtown Montclair. We can’t wait to see our neighbors and friends once again come together in a community celebration and are proud to help JAZZ HOUSE KiDS make it happen.”


Montclair Jazz Festival photo via Montclair Jazz Festival FaceBook page


For more information about the 14th annual Montclair Jazz Festival, including how to become a sponsor, supporter, volunteer or vendor, visit the event’s official website and download the Montclair Jazz Festival App in the Google or Apple stores. 


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