Whether Billy Hector is teasing you with his sultry slidework, picking through Delta Blues or cranking up the electric Blues/Rock on his vintage Fender Stratocaster, his music reflects the soul and origins of the genre.
A consummate multi-talented entertainer and performer, Ty Stephens has performed around the world, gaining an international audience with a cool, urban-tinged adult-contemporary sound, based on Jazz, Funk and R&B.
Mark Gross swings and sings along today’s Jazz vanguard. His prolific sound is rooted in his rich appreciation for Gospel music. For 30 years, he toured the world with some of the biggest names in Jazz. He is currently the Director of Jazz Instruction at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
British soulman James Hunter and his gritty, longstanding backing band bring you a sublime evening of no-nonsense Blues. Given their virtuosity, they have shared the stage with acts as diverse as Allen Toussaint, Sharon Jones and Van Morrison.
Pianist and songwriter Marcia Ball ignites a full-scale roadhouse Rhythm and Blues party every time she takes the stage. Her rollicking Texas boogies, swampy New Orleans ballads and groove-laden Gulf Coast Blues have made her a one-of-a-kind performer.
Married couple Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon are known for music that comes directly from the heart. The duo co-writes relatable and mature R&B songs that are rooted in traditional Soul and Gospel. Kindred The Family Soul were also part of the Neo Soul Philadelphia movement that included Jill Scott.
Over the past two decades, Freddie Hendrix has become one of the most in demand trumpeters in Jazz, and beyond. This accomplished composer, arranger and educator from Teaneck, New Jersey has worked with everyone from the Count Basie Orchestra to Alicia Keys.
The Bad Plus is a critically acclaimed, avant-garde Jazz quartet that has been called "technically brilliant, beyond versatile" (The New Yorker) and is known for producing "moving, mighty music" (Rolling Stone).
The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star award-winning supergroup comprising eight of the finest performers/composers at work in Jazz today. The current ensemble features Lizz Wright on vocals, Chris Potter on saxophones, David Sánchez on saxophones, Etienne Charles on trumpet, Warren Wolf on vibraphone, Edward Simon on keyboards, Aneesa Strings on bass and Kendrick A.D. Scott on drums.
Grammy-nominated artist Roseanna Vitro is a renowned vocalist specializing in Jazz. She has toured on every continent except Antarctica, representing the USA as a Jazz Ambassador for The US State Department, The Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center.
Alex Tea is a Roots/Reggae songwriter and multi-instrumentalist residing in Jersey City. His current projects include the band Kiwi, the international collaboration Orquestra Raiz, and the Jersey City Roots Orchestra.
The iconic ten-time Grammy Award winner and NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri skillfully fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner as well as his older brother, Charlie Palmieri.
Described as "one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation" (Wall Street Journal) and "the shining hope of hot jazz" (New York Times), triple threat trailblazer Bria Skonberg is a force to be reckoned with. This multi-award winning trumpeter, singer and composer makes her SOPAC debut combining her signature sound of fiery trumpet playing and smoky vocals. She blends Jazz, Blues and beyond with storytelling and adventurous concoctions of classics and soulful originals.
John Pizzarelli and Catherine Russell are a dynamic duo who will transport audiences to the glory days of Jazz with masterful ease, capturing Holiday’s effortless grace and Sinatra’s cool swagger.