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A Preview of the Exit Zero Jazz Festival

Eduardo Pavez Goye
Grammy-nominated Chilean artist Melissa Aldana is the third generation from her family to play saxophone. She just released 12 Stars, her first Blue Note album.

The Exit Zero Jazz Festival started in 2012 and remained resilient even through the pandemic. The festival is taking place May 13 – 15 in Cape May, New Jersey. The program will feature a variety of bands ranging from legendary elder statesmen like Charles Lloyd and Houston Person to contemporary groups like the all-female ensemble Artemis, jazz & hip-hop percussionist Makaya McCraven, singers Cecile McLoren Salvant and Kurt Elling. Latin music will be represented by Arturo Sandoval and Orquesta Akokan. Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana will perform and brass bands from Brooklyn (the Brass Queens) and Nashville (Brassville) will liven up the proceedings as well.

In this segment, Peter Solomon speaks with Festival producer Michael Kline.