Exit Zero International Jazz Festival: Cape May, NJ, November 9-11, 2012
Organ-based trios held forth in Carney's main room on both Friday and Saturday nights. First up was Bobby Broom's Chicago-based trio, with the leader on guitar and Chris Foreman's piercing keyboard providing many shades of the blues. The next night, the New Orleans-based trio led by Joe Krown offered more blues, with guitarist Walter "Wolfman" Washington's yowling vocals added for good measure.
Up the block at Cabanas, the Stooges Brass Band, also from New Orleans, created a joyous ruckus, while upstairs at Martini Beach, chanteuse Marianne Solivan and her trio offered soulful ballads. "Prisoner of Love" became a smoldering bossa nova; another highlight was the perfectly named "Day Dream," done as a duet with bass only.
Young singer Sachal Vasandani straddled the jazz/pop boundary in the festival's opening set. His strong, virtually vibrato-less baritoneand a quartet with two superb guitaristsneeded some toning down in the small Sea Salt Inn dining room.
Pedrito Martinez, a Cuban-born conguero, led a quartet that never let up on the high-intensity Latin music, bringing Exit Zero to a rousing finish.
Festival producer Michael Kline hopes to put together an outdoor jazz fest next May or June and another indoor version next fall. Although the hurricane posed many hurdles as his New York-based production crew struggled to get people and equipment in place on time, he called the festival a success "artistically and musically," and was gratified that so many people had so much funhimself included.
All Photos: Richard Conde