Most Saturdays, 3:30PM - 7:30PM
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Trenton is strategically located between two of the top jazz centers in the US: New York and Philly. Larry Hilton, who books the Jazz Masters series, takes advantage of this fact by booking acts on Saturday afternoons. Performers can pick up a few bucks in Trenton, and still make their regular Saturday gig in the big city.
The result is an amazing series of jazz performances at the perfect price: free! That’s right, there’s no cover and only a $10 minimum. You could see the same folks at Ortlieb’s or Chris’ in Philly, or Smoke! in NYC, and drop $50-100.
It’s a friendly, knowledgeable crowd, with a LOT of regulars. Generally the serious music listeners bunch up front, near the “stage”. The gabbers in back. It’s a very intimate space, and you can easily talk to the performers during their breaks.
The performances are subsidized by the Lounge (the new owner, EC Bradley is an avid alto player), and by a loose confederation of contributors organized by Larry Hilton called the Trenton Jazz Disciples. If you find yourself going to the Candlelight often, you should consider making a contribution.
There’s a kitchen concession that’s usually open (behind the stage) which offers great fried fish sandwiches, shrimp, chicken, french fries, and even an OK burger at great prices.