Top 12 NJ Arts Events of the Week: Exit Zero Jazz Festival, Under Cover Music Fest, Peter Asher, and More


Arturo Sandoval will perform at the Exit Zero Jazz Festival, May 15 at 5:50 p.m.

Here’s a roundup of arts events happening across the state, through May 19.


The spring 2022 edition of the biennial Zero Jazz Festival outing takes place May 13-15, with outdoor and indoor sets in various Cape May locations. Artists will include four-time Grammy-winning trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, Marcus Miller, Artemis, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Mingus Big Band, Charles Lloyd, Keyon Harrold Quintet, Emmet Cohen Trio, Conjunto Philly, Brassville and more .

Along with the festival, a dinner show benefiting the Cape May Jazz Festival Foundation will be held at the Cape May Yacht Club on May 14 at 6 and 8 p.m. featuring the Houston Person Quartet.

•Peter Asher had a unique career. After being part of the successful duo Peter & Gordon (“A World Without Love”, “True Love Ways”, “Lady Godiva”) in the 60s, he became a manager and producer with long and fruitful associations with artists such as Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor. He will perform a show called “A Musical Memoir of the ’60s and Beyond” on May 13 at 8 p.m. The Vogel at the Count Basie Center for the Arts at the Red Bank.

Free Under Cover Music Festival, which will take place in the Sloan Street parking lot in South Orange on May 14, will feature tributes to various artists with the following schedule: The Deadful Greats covering The Grateful Dead at 4 p.m.; Karl Latham’s Big Fun(k) covering Herbie Hancock at 5 p.m.; Vivienne Frederick and Mark Murphy’s Faculty of Music band covering Stevie Wonder at 6 p.m.; Autumn Jones covering Lauryn Hill at 7 p.m.; Dustin Kaufman covering Phil Collins at 8 p.m.; and Charlie Pollock and Friends covering Led Zeppelin at 9 p.m. Food and an outdoor cafe will be available.

Felicia Moore and John Brancy.

The APEX Ensemble (formerly the Montclair Orchestra) wraps up its 2021-22 season with an “Emerging Voices” program at Montclair Central Presbyterian Church, May 15 at 4 p.m., featuring Juilliard Vocal Arts Program alumni Felicia Moore, soprano , and John Brancy, baritone. The concert will feature Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Ballad in A Minor; “Songs of a Traveller” by Gustav Mahler; Wesendonck Lieder by Richard Wagner; and Franz Liszt’s Preludes. APEX Music Director David Chan will conduct.

the Morris Choral Society will present a program entitled “Americana” on May 15 at 3 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Morris Plains. The program will include “Frostiana: Seven Country Songs” by Randall Thompson, based on poetry by Robert Frost; Thompson’s “The Testament of Freedom,” based on the writings of Thomas Jefferson; “At the River” by Aaron Copland; the folk song “Shenandoah”; and more. Baritone Jonathan R. Green and the all-male ensemble, Express Male, will be featured. The concert will also include the Ukrainian national anthem, in tribute to the Ukrainian people.

• Stormin’ Norman Seldina pianist with deep roots in the Asbury Park music scene, has previously performed “Dueling Pianos” shows with a pianist Ryan Gregg and a big band, but will try something new — a piano duo show, featuring just him and Gregg — May 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. at RBAR at Asbury Park. It promises “very rare material, Mississippi/New Orleans Stride/Blues Piano, classics and a wide range of New Orleans stuff”. There will be no cover charge.


Percussionist Britton-Rene Collins will occur at Bickford Theater at the Morris Museum at Morris Township, May 15 at 2 p.m. The concert will feature a new time-themed work, commissioned by the museum, as well as other materials.

Tickets will include admission to the museum itself and children under 18 will be admitted free.

The concert is part of a two-show series, “On Time,” which will also include a May 29 concert by the Brooklyn-based string quartet, The Rhythm Method. This exhibition will also feature a work commissioned by the museum’s Live Arts program, by composer Kailyn Williams.


Among the films that will be screened at New Jersey Documentary Film Festival, taking place May 13-15 at Sparta Avenue Stage, will be “Charlie Loves Our Band,” a documentary about New Jersey roots rock band, From Good Homes. The session of May 13 at 8:15 p.m. is complete but a session has been added, May 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Continuing its tradition of screening the 1980 horror classic “Friday 13” – filmed in and around Blairstown – whenever the 13th of the month falls on a Friday, King’s room in Blairstown will show the film, May 13 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets for the postponed August 2021 screening will be honoured.


• “Art in bloom” — an ephemeral exhibition that will be at Montclair Art MuseumMay 18-22 — will feature garden clubs and individual designers showcasing floral designs and art-inspired arrangements in the museum’s galleries.




• Lenny Kaye, best known as a member of Patti Smith’s band since the ’70s, will be signing copies of her book, “Lightning Striking: Ten Transformative Moments in Rock and Roll,” May 18 at 7 p.m. little city books in Hoboken. Kaye will be interviewed by musician James Mastro and possibly perform a song or two. In “Lightning Striking,” Kaye writes about 10 musical scenes that had a huge impact on rock history, including Memphis in 1954, Liverpool in 1962, San Francisco in 1967, New York in 1975, and Seattle in 1991.


“The Burdens” at the Mile Square Theatre, Hoboken. (Until May 22)

“The Giant Void in My Soul” at Luna Stage, West Orange. (Until May 22)

“The Curse of the Hungry Class” at the Hudson Theater Works, Weehawken. (Until May 22)

“Revival: post-pandemic visions” at the Maplewood Center for the Arts in 1978. (Until May 22)

“Theda Sandiford: Joyful Resistance” at the Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster. (Until June 4)

“Tenacity and Resilience: The Art of Jerry Pinkney” at the Montclair Art Museum. (Until June 26)

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