New Jersey Blues and Jazz Festival

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Country and Region United StatesNew Jersey
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
Festival Contact Information

State Theatre
15 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901 USA

Festival Description

The State Theatre of New Jersey produces the New Jersey Blues and Jazz Festival that takes place at its theatre in New Brunswick annually. The lineup includes a stellar roster of national acts.

Festival Dates September 11 - 21, 2012
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Festival Events:

Lineup Schedule 2012:
  • Buddy Guy & Jonny Lang
    Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 8:00pm
    • Ranked 30th in Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” Chicago Bluesman Buddy Guy is a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to that city’s halcyon days of electric blues. A major influence on rock titans like Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Guy has received six Grammy® Awards. Blues singer-guitarist Jonny Lang, the Grammy®-winning former child prodigy topped the Billboard New Artist chart with his first album at age 15 and was called “one of the most important artists to watch in the new millennium” by Time Magazine. Today, 31-year-old Lang has eight critically acclaimed albums under his belt, including the Grammy® Award-winning Turn Around and his latest, Jonny Lang Live at the Ryman.
      Tickets range from $35-95.
  • Michael McDonald

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 8:00pm
    • With his husky, soulful baritone, five-time Grammy® Award-winner Michael McDonald became one of the most distinctive and popular vocalists to emerge from the California pop/rock scene of the late 70s. His hit songs including “Takin’ It to the Streets,” “What a Fool Believes,” “Minute by Minute,” “Sweet Freedom,” “Yah Mo B There,” and others have contributed to American pop music for more than three decades.
      Tickets range from $35-120.
  • An Acoustic Evening with Stanley Clarke and Hiromi
    Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 6:00pm
    • Recording artist, performer, composer, conductor, arranger, producer, and film score composer, Stanley Clarke is one of the most celebrated bass players in the world. Known for his ferocious dexterity and consummate musicality, Clarke is a true musical pioneer. Hiromi has been heralded as one of the brightest new lights on the piano jazz landscape since the release of Another Mind, her 2003 debut recording. After collaborating on the award-winning, acoustic trio effort, Jazz in the Garden, Stanley asked Hiromi to join his Stanley Clarke Band. Now, they will collaborate in the most personal, unique, and daring setting of acoustic duets.
      Tickets range from $35-65.
  • Chris Botti
    Friday, September 21, 2012 at 8:00pm
    • Trumpeter Chris Botti, the largest-selling American jazz instrumental artist, makes his State Theatre debut. With multiple gold and platinum-selling albums, several Grammy® Award nominations, and three No. 1 albums on the Billboard jazz charts, Botti has earned massive audience appeal since the release of his critically acclaimed album When I Fall In Love in 2004. Impressions, Botti’s 2012 Columbia Records release, is the latest in a stellar parade of albums—including To Love Again: The Duets (2005), Italia (2007), and the CD/DVD Chris Botti in Boston (2009)—that has firmly established him as one of the hottest artists in the American contemporary jazz scene.
      Tickets range from $35-75.


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Practical Info:

  • For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 732-246-7469, or visit us online at The State Theatre ticket office, located at 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 10:00am to 6:00pm; Wednesday 11:00am to 7:00pm; and Friday and at least two hours prior to curtain on performance dates. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200, extension 517. Some additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.


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