MERCER COUNTY JAZZFEST 2017

July 08, 2017 ~ Noon to 8:00 pm


Admission: VIP $15 & General $10 ~ Parking: $5

 

At the Festival Grounds inside Mercer County Park

1638 Old Trenton Rd., West Windsor, NJ 08550 ~ Map

Music Stage, Crafters, Food, Kid's Activities, Lake & Forest and a Beer Garder.

Vendors of exotic and regional NJ food (NJ food can be exotic, huh?) ~ Craftspeople!

Six great bands including Joey Defrancesco & The People as the featured closing act!

Featuring a stage for music, Kid's Activities, the woods, and JAZZ! Rain or Shine!

Lawn chairs encouraged, coolers forbidden, sunscreen a must!

With the Joey Defrancesco closing out the day, and music all day, what could be better?

MERCER COUNTY JAZZFEST 2017 ~ Music Schedule 2017 - Will be posted shortly.

Click on a photo or band name for the band's website
11:55AM – 12:00PM

National Anthem

National Anthem - Rebecca Ryan

 

12:00PM – 12:45PM

No WiFi

Jazz ensemble of high schoolers

NoWifi is a 5-piece band of high school juniors and seniors with a jazz setup: two saxophones, piano, guitar, and percussion. We play a range of genres from jazz to pop, putting our own twist on old and modern songs.

1:00PM

2:05PM

James Stewart Quartet

Intricate Jazz Quartet

Played clarinet, flute, alto and tenor saxophones in high school and was mentored by Thomas Gryce the brother of jazz great Gi Gi Gryce... James has worked with the Duke Ellington Orchestra under Paul Mercer Ellington, Frank Foster's Loud Minority big band, Sam Rivers, Danny Mixon, The Dells, Gloria Gaynor, Oliver Lake big band Macy Gray, David Murray big band, Sun Ra Arkestra, and many others.

 

Jerry Topinka Click for Website 2:20PM

3:25PM

Jerry Topinka's G13 Band

Superbly crafted and brilliant work

Jerry began playing guitar in May 1954, quickly displaying a passion for the instrument. Jerry studied with two of the top guitarists of the time - Al Caiola and Joe Cinderella. By age 16, Jerry began playing professionally, became a featured jazz guitarist in a Bergen County nightclub. Les Paul stopped by on many Saturday nights to hear Jerry play. Today, Jerry's venues range from intimate jazz clubs to major corporate events, plus guest appearances with long-time friend, Les Paul, at the Iridium.

Orrin Evans Click for Website

3:40PM


4:45PM

Orrin Evans and The Captian Black Big Band

Knowing is Half the Battle

Pianist Orrin Evans takes stock of the pivotal moments that shape the trajectory of a life on The Evolution of Oneself, his scintillating new release on Smoke Sessions Records. The album is itself a landmark in Evans' musical evolution, introducing a remarkable new piano trio with two longtime associates but first-time collaborators: bassist Christian McBride and drummer Karriem Riggins. The result is a raw and thrilling excursion incorporating a startlingly wide range of influences, from jazz and neo-soul to country and hip-hop.

Winard Harper Orrin Evans 5:00PM

6:15PM

Winard Harper & Jeli Posse

Swing savvy, world spiced flavored Jazz

Exuberant, swing savvy Winard Harper and Jeli Posse bring rising talent to the jazz apprenticeship forefront. The contemporary griots draw on African and Carribean influences with scintillating results.

Joey Defrancesco click for website 6:30PM

8:00PM

Joey DeFrancesco & The People

Project Freedom ~ Silky Jazz

Raised in Philadelphia, this is where the foundation of his musical roots in Jazz, Blues and other musical art forms were born. To hear Joey DeFrancesco today, his music embodies the traditional art form infused with a distinct modern approach, just part of what makes his music unmistakably his own.

 

 

 

Jazz in the park!

 

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