Central Jersey Jazz Fest 2018

“Jazz is about being in the moment.” – Herbie Hancock

Music has the ability to conjure up the deepest emotions in people, helping us to process emotions we may not otherwise be able to express. It takes us on journeys to far off places, helping us escape the cold office cubicle (hello Women’s Winter!)  even if it’s just for a brief time.

Then there’s jazz.

Jazz is about spontaneity. Traditionally, a jazz group will begin by playing the main melody (a collective sequence of notes in harmonized music). Musicians take turns improvising variations based on this melody, ending by returning to the original melody. A jazz song can be very different each time it’s played (even by the same musicians), making it so unlike any other type of music.

The Central Jersey Jazz Festival is a FREE Three-Day, Three-City, Three-County All Star Jazz Festival taking place September 14-16 in Flemington, New Brunswick & Somerville, NJ.

Friday’s Schedule
The first day of the Central Jersey Jazz Fest will begin in Flemington on Main Street directly in front of the Historic County Courthouse.

6pm to 7pm – Lakecia Benjamin
7:30pm to 8:30pm – Sachal Vasandani
9pm to 10pm – Dave Stryker
**Additional Performance by Jazz House Kids**

Saturday’s Schedule
The second day of the Central Jersey Jazz Fest will take place in New Brunswick on George Street between Liberty Street & Bayard Street (on NJ Transit’s Northeast Corridor line).

1pm to 2:15pm – Matthew Whitaker
2:45pm to 4pm – Eddie Allen 3hree for Louise
4:30pm to 6pm – Terri Lyne Carrington
**Additional Performances by New Brunswick Brass Band**

Sunday’s Schedule
The Central Jersey Jazz Fest will end right here in Somerset County – in Downtown Somerville at the County Historic Courthouse Green.

1:30pm to 2:40pm – Riza and Marcus Printup
3:05pm to 4:15pm – Monte Croft
4:45pm to 6pm – Carla Cook
**Additional Performance by Jazz House Kids**