Tickets available only at:
Two River Theater Box Office | 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank, NJ
Phone: (732) 345-1400
July 7 & 8
"the Gypsy-jazz Warbler"
Nicknamed the Gypsy-jazz Warbler by the New York Times, Tatiana Eva-Marie is a transatlantic bandleader, singer, author, and actress based in Brooklyn. Best known for her work with the Avalon Jazz Band – and accruing over 70 million views on YouTube, – she was acclaimed as a millennial shaking up the jazz scene by magazine Vanity Fair. She performs regularly in New York at various clubs (Dizzy’s Club, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Birdland, Joe’s Pub…), across the USA (New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Freight and Salvage, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Tucson Jazz Festival…) and around the world.
July 14 & 15
Hendrik Meurkens Quartet:
“A Tear for Toots”
Tribute to Toots Thielemans
Hendrik Meurkens, a virtuoso on both the chromatic harmonica and the vibraphone, is the most important jazz harmonica player since Toots Thielemans. German-born but now based in New York, Meurkens’ recordings and performances garner worldwide acclaim because the transcendent beauty of his music has universal appeal. Critics and the jazz listening public alike have recognized Meurkens' incredible talent, listing him repeatedly in the Downbeat and Jazziz Polls. Meurkens has worked with Ray Brown, Paquito D'Rivera, Herb Ellis, Herbie Mann, James Moody, Jimmy Cobb, Monty Alexander, Herb Ellis, Dori Caymmi, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Buddy Tate, Joyce, Astrud Gilberto, and many others.
July 21 & 22
“Not your average Jazz Singer”
A Grammy-nominated jazz singer-songwriter, pianist, arranger and vocal chameleon, New York-based bandleader and winner of the prestigious 2021 American Traditions Vocal Competition Gold Medal Nicole Zuraitis continues to establish herself as an undeniable force in the modern jazz landscape of both NYC and beyond. With a “heart as big as her remarkable voice,” (Jazz Police) Nicole’s effervescent personality and boundless enthusiasm for sharing the joy of music keep her audiences thrilled. Besides leading her quartet, Nicole is the premier vocalist for the Birdland Big Band and frequently headlines iconic NYC jazz clubs like Dizzy’s Club at Lincoln Center, Birdland, the Blue Note, the Carlyle, 54 Below and the late, great 55 Bar.
July 28 & 29
Legends & Lions of Jazz
Winard Harper and Jeli Posse
“Spreading the joy that jazz brings"
with an opening showcase set by
Jazz Arts Academy Students
And finally, as is our tradition each year on the final weekend of Summer Jazz Café, we present a concept which has become known as “Legends and Lions” in jazz. Students from our Jazz Arts Academy Summer Session perform an opening set followed by a set featuring master Jazz artist professionals, in this case Winard Harper and Jeli Posse. This is exactly what our organization’s vision is about; the pairing of young students with masters of the art form, giving them the opportunities and the spark that can ignite either a career path or simply an enduring love of the music that we honor and cherish.
Jazz Drummer, Band Leader, Composer, Educator, Winard Harper is dedicated to “bringing Jazz to where it is needed”. Constantly in reverence of his predecessors while remaining innovative in his own right, Harper has been among the most celebrated drummers in jazz for many years. He is a virtuoso on the drum set and the balafon, the West African equivalent of the marimba, he is a sought after collaborator at home and abroad, a band leader of his quartet, his quintet and his exciting band the Jeli Posse, a regular with the legendary New York clubs, an educator of future jazz professionals, an educator through his kids programs, an events organizer - successfully running the weekly Fish Fry Jazz Jam and the Sunday "Meet the Artist" Series at Moore's Lounge in Jersey City. Bringing Jazz to the community from which it originated, relating the story of The Great American Art Form, the only music that is 100% "made in America", spreading the joy that Jazz brings is the quest to which Winard Harper is dedicating himself.
Summer Jazz Café remains a cultural magnet and has been named a "Pick of the Year" by the Tri-City News. It is a great night out with family and friends or a fun date night on a summer's eve with your significant other. Drop in after dinner or begin your night on the town enjoying world-class artists and great live music.
You'll be seated at cozy candle-lit cocktail tables with warm theatrical lighting in an intimate café setting. Enjoy a special cocktail from Two River Theater's new cafe bar for a "big-city" style club atmosphere at a fraction of the price. These will surely be the most exciting and romantic evenings you will spend all summer.
Students from the Summer Session of Jazz Arts Academy wil perform a showcase opening set at Summer Jazz Café final weekend July 28 & 29
*BYOB is no longer allowed at these events
All proceeds from this series help support Jazz Arts Project's head-start style music instruction and enrichment programs for at-risk and underserved youth.