JazzFeast celebrates the big 2-5 with big bands, quintets and duos

Princeton’s inaugural JazzFeast is celebrating its 25th year of filling Palmer Square with good food and great tunes. Whether it’s pouring rain or clear and sunny, the show will go on from noon to 6 p.m. Locals and visitors from around the globe are welcome come take a seat, bring a blanket, picnic on the lawn and enjoy the festival for free.

Apart from jazz, another favorite of the fest is the “feast.” The square will be filled with vendors from the area’s most delicious restaurants. There will be something for everyone from sweets to American fare, brewery bites and Indian, Italian and Chinese cuisine. Food will be available for purchase from vendors.

Each playing an hour-long set, a lineup of old and new acts will be taking the stage this year. Kicking off the 25th gig will be Alan Dale and the New Legacy Jazz Band at noon. Chuck Redd Quintet will follow at 1:15 p.m., Spanglish Fly at 2:30 p.m., Peter and Will Anderson Quintet at 3:45 p.m. and finally Professor Cunningham And His Old School Jazz Band at 5 p.m.

“For 25 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 … and we love to hear when both locals and out-of-town visitors have a connection to Palmer Square, whether for our stores, restaurants or for a signature event like this one,” said Anita Fresolone, Palmer Square’s marketing director.

The New Legacy Jazz Band has been honoring the sounds of countless timeless musicians for 20 years. Echoing from the piano, bass, drums, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and rhythm guitar, you may hear some Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Cole Porter, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie and George and Ira Gershwin.

Chuck Redd is an accomplished musician whose noteworthy shows include a concert with the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet in Africa for the Namibian Independence Celebration, a recital at the White House and concerts at Carnegie Hall and The Tonight Show. Redd is a jazz vibraphonist and drummer.

Spanglish Fly is an 11-musician New York City-based band known for its infectiously lively performances. Since 2009, its members have become known for reviving bugalú – or “boogaloo,” the genre that blends Afro-Caribbean with Latin and Soul music from the 1960s.

Peter and Will Anderson are the young brothers known for their renditions of classic jazz standards as well as their original music. Based out of New York City, the two moved from Washington, D.C., to attend Juilliard as teenagers where they received their bachelor’s and master’s degrees. They play clarinet and saxophone.

Professor Cunningham And His Old School specialize in several styles of jazz from New Orleans, hot jazz, rhythm and blues, and big band swing. Adrian Cunningham is at the helm of the band with a septet of talent behind him. The band draws inspiration from the greats – from Louis Armstrong to Cosimo Matassa, Sidney Bechet and Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.

About Erica Chayes Wida

Erica Chayes Wida is a writer, mom, and complete zealot when it comes to poetry, paella and globe collections. After graduating with a degree in Anthropology from UCLA, Erica moved to Italy where the seasons and old architecture inspired her journey back to the East Coast. Since then, she and her husband have created a nest egg locally and, over time, developed a rather grand love affair with the town of Princeton. Erica is senior editor at The Princeton Sun and enjoys fulfilling her Princeton affections on a daily basis. | View all posts by Erica Chayes Wida