The inaugural “Exit 0 International Jazz Festival” in Cape May is to be held Nov. 9 to 11, 2012.

The previously held semiannual “Cape May Jazz Festival” put on by a local organization, ended a 17-year run in 2011.  Debt and lack of cohesiveness within the organization is said to be the catalyst for the organization’s decision to dissolve.

The organizer of the Exit 0 International Jazz Festival wants to bring more of a New Orleans vibe to this festival.  52 year-old Michale Kline says it is because nobody knows how to have fun like people in New Orleans.

Main-stage shows will take place at the Convention Hall, which will be reconfigured as a 550-seat bistro. In all, more than 20 bands and artists will perform at 8 locations throughout Cape May.

Mr. Kline plans to continue the jazz tradition in Cape May, by presenting another jazz festival in June.

The jazz festival is a great opportunity to meet up with old friends and listen to great music in the historic beach front community of Cape May NJ. There is something special about listening to great music on a lazy afternoon watching the waves crash on the sea. Everyone can listen to great jazz but everyone should experience it down the shore in historic Cape May at least once.


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