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“Mr. Gates is a solid example of a performer who is doing something that no one else does. He evokes an age (that I would hope is not so terribly bygone) when musicians were entertainers and entertainers were musicians, and a sense of humor was as important as a sense of rhythm.”
— Will Friedwald

Students from the Summer Camp Session of Jazz Arts Academy  perform a showcase opening set leading the way to a surprise appearance and performance of a special jazz legend. 

Summer Jazz Café at the Two River Theater

2018 Lineup (Back to Back Weekends)

  • July 20 & 21 Giacomo Gates "Timeless Vocalist"

  • July 27 & 28 Final Weekend "Jazz Legends & Lion with Special Guests.  






Tickets available only at:

Two River Theater Box Office | 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank, NJ

Phone: (732) 345-1400     Online: 


General Admission $28

Students $10 with valid ID. (Box office fees apply).

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 coffee, tea, and delectable treats available from concessions, or bring your favorite bottle of wine to share 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.


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.

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