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25th Annual Princeton JazzFeast Set for Sept. 18

Brothers Peter and Will Anderson will perform at the 25th annual JazzFeast on Palmer Square.
Brothers Peter and Will Anderson will perform at the 25th annual JazzFeast on Palmer Square.

Palmer Square will host the 25th annual JazzFeast on the green in front of the Nassau Inn from noon to 6 p.m., rain or shine, on Sunday, Sept 18. The open-air festival will feature performances by top area jazz musicians and food from more than a dozen local eateries.

“It’s an exciting milestone year for JazzFeast,” said Anita Fresolone, marketing director for Palmer Square. “For twenty-five years this event has brought people together to enjoy amazing music and wonderful food, right here in the heart of downtown Princeton. It’s become a tradition for so many.”

Food vendors include Buzzetta Festival Foods, Chez Alice Gourmet Café and Bakery, D’Angelo Italian Market, Jammin’ Crepes, Mediterra, Mehek Fine Indian, Nomad Pizza, Princeton Soup & Sandwich, Thomas Sweet Chocolate, Tico’s Eatery & Juice Bar, Tiger Noodles, Tiger’s Tale, Triumph Brewing Company, Winberie’s and the Yankee Doodle Tap Room.

Performance Schedule

Noon-1 p.m.  Alan Dale and the New Legacy Jazz Band
Celebrating their 25th consecutive appearance at JazzFeast, the New Legacy Jazz Band is one of America’s premier full-time professional ensembles. Led by drummer Alan Dale, The New Legacy Jazz Band performs at festivals, weddings, corporate and other private receptions, casinos, colleges and theaters throughout the mid-Atlantic states.

1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.  Chuck Redd
Chuck Redd is known internationally as a performer on drums and vibraphone. He began recording and touring the globe when he joined the Charlie Byrd Trio at the age of 21. He has toured and performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, Bucky Pizzarelli, Tommy Flanagan, Bill Mays, Ray Brown, Monty Alexander, Laurindo Almeida, Tal Farlow, Rebecca Kilgore, Nicki Parrott, Scott Hamilton, Mickey Roker and Houston Person.

2:30p.m. – 3:30p.m.  Spanglish Fly
The group Spanglish Fly plays a mix of Latin, soul, and R&B music that emerged from the clubs, street corners, transistor radios and pool halls of 1960s Spanish Harlem. Spanglish Fly originated in 2009 when DJ Jonny Semi-Colón (Jonathan Goldman) started noticing that amid his sets of old-school funk and soul vinyl, what really shook the dance floor was Latin boogaloo, the late-60s records of Joe Cuba, Joe Bataan, Ray Barretto, and more. Jonathan made it his mission to bring this music live to NYC audiences.

3:45p.m. – 4:45 p.m.  The Peter and Will Anderson Quintet
Sibling team Peter and Will Anderson hail from Washington, DC. They were selected internationally for Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, and NFAA Young Arts Program. They’ve appeared with the Jimmy Heath Big Band, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and Bob Wilber Sextet. Their ensemble has performed in more than 30 U.S. states and toured Japan.

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.  Professor Cunningham and his Old School
Professor Cunningham and his Old School perform a swinging and grooving repertoire steeped in the New Orleans tradition. The ensemble has been a regular hit in the NYC underground party and swing dance scene. The group has also performed many major events worldwide including the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, the New York Hot Jazz Festival and the Albany Jazz Festival.

Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

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