Shemekia Copeland

Cape May Jazz Festival keeps it loose

When jazz lovers Carol Stone and Woody Woodland moved to Cape May, N.J., full time in 1991, they were bored ā€” until they attended a jazz festival in Rehoboth Beach, Del., in 1993 and realized that they could do the same thing in Cape May.

They formed an executive board in January 1994, and the first festival took off at the Marquis de Lafayette Hotel in April of the same year.

"Now, of course, there's so much activity going on [in Cape May], and I would say it comes on the heels of the jazz festival," said Woodland.

The festival starts today and continues through Sunday. Woodland and Stone expect about 6,500 attendees over the weekend, with most guests...