Exit Zero International Jazz Festival brings crowds back to the Shore

If you drive all the way south on the Garden State Parkway you’ll end up in one of the most celebrated shore towns in America; Cape May. While there is no exit zero on the GSP if there was one it would be here. It’s that idea that the first ever Exit 0 International Jazz Festival takes its name.

This festival might not have happened had the eye of Hurricane Sandy hit further south. But Cape May got lucky because the eye hit just north in Ocean City and points south of the eye got high winds and rough waves but nothing like the extensive flooding seen on the barrier islands in Central and Northern Jersey.

The festival features more than 20 bands and performers. The headline acts included Philadelphia native son and Grammy award winner jazz bassist, Christian McBride and his quintet – Inside Straight on Friday night and three-time Grammy Award Winner Ramsey Lewis and his Electric Band last night.

The festival ends today with two performances by The Pedrito Martinez Group at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Check back here on Monday for Howard Pitkow’s complete set of photos of this weekend’s Exit 0 International Jazz Festival. 

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