Montclair Jazz Festival: Bettye LaVette, from jukebox to jazz legend

Jazz legend Bettye LaVette got her start singing with a jukebox, at 18 months old. She headlines the Montclair Jazz Festival on Saturday, Aug. 10.

Program notes: It’s never too late (what love have you left behind?)

If you love something, it never really lets you go. What have you left behind? The latest "Program Notes" from Culture Editor Gwen Orel.

Friends and neighbors: trumpet player Violet Mujica

Violet Mujica, 13, studies trumpet at Jazz House Kids, and will play in the Montclair Jazz Festival. Our latest "Friends and Neighbors."
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Montclair Jazz Festival: opening with hot licks and cool sounds

Montclair Jazz Festival kicked off on Friday, July 26 with the DJ Brother Mister party, and continued Sunday with concerts and film. Grand Finale Aug. 10.

Culture in brief: Jeree Wade at Trumpets

Montclair jazz singer Jeree Wade, who recently won Audelco Awards for "On Kentucky Aveue," performs a 3 p.m. Sunday show at Trumpets.

Montclair Jazz Festival: Support helps keep the beat

The Montclair Jazz Festival held an event for sponsors and supporters at Van Vleck House & Gardens this past Tuesday night.

Montclair Jazz Festival: Jazz score in films featured

Montclair Jazz Festival partners with Montclair Film to show a series of four films that have feature a prominent jazz score.

Montclair Jazz Festival: jazzing up the town

For its 10th anniversary, the Montclair Jazz Festival embraces the town, presenting jazz in multiple venues, and encouraging mini jazz crawls.

Jazz: Matt Slocum and the rhythmic melody

Montclair drummer Matt Slocum has released his fifth album, "Sanctuary." Many of the tunes are inspired by the places he grew up.