2023 Jersey City Jazz Festival Lineup Announced

Top Quote The Jersey City Jazz Festival announces its 2023 festival lineup! Live music ranging from Bill Frisell to Sonido Solar featuring Eddie Palmieri highlights an amazing lineup of live performers. Enjoy live music on Saturday June 3rd and Sunday June 4th on the waterfront in Jersey City. Free jazz and salsa on two stages! End Quote
  • Newark, NJ (1888PressRelease) May 15, 2023 - Jersey City Jazz Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary June 1- 4, 2023

    The Jersey City Jazz Festival is back and better than ever for its 10th anniversary celebration from June 1-4, 2023. The festival will kick off with JC Jazz Nights on Thursday (6/1) and Friday (6/2) at various venues throughout the city. It will culminate in a two-day free outdoor festival on Saturday (6/3) and Sunday (6/4) at the newly renovated Exchange Place Plaza, presented by Exchange Place Alliance and produced by Riverview Jazz. The festival will also partner with the Bike JC Ward Tour on Sunday, June 5, and serve as its finish line along the Hudson Waterfront.

    There is no shortage of talent for this year’s festival. Guitar lovers will be treated to performances by the incomparable Bill Frisell Trio (6/3), gypsy master Stephane Wrembel’s Django A GoGo (6/4), and Walter Parks & The Unlawful Assembly (6/2). Latin Jazz aficionados should be thrilled to hear Sonido Solar w/ legendary special guest Eddie Palmieri (6/3), the iconic Típica 73’s 50th anniversary party (6/1 White Eagle Hall), trombonist Doug Beavers Luna (6/4), as well as dance classes by Salsa Fever on2. Vocal fans won’t want to miss happy hour with Kate Curran & Ron Affif Duo (6/1), WBGO’s Lezlie Harrison (6/2), and the soulful Emily Braden (6/3). On Thursday (6/1) jazz buffs will dig T.K. Blue’s tribute to trombonists Benny Powell and Melba Liston “Shades of Melba and Benny”, and pianist Nick Masters will open with his trio.

    The Jersey City Jazz Festival has once again partnered with NYC jazz club, Smalls Live, to present a lineup of straight-ahead jazz. The tented “club” stage will feature performances from pianist Miki Yamanaka, Spike Wilner’s “Ancient Aliens”, saxophonist Eric Wyatt’s Quartet feat. Jeff “Tain” Watts, and organist Akiko Tsuruga’s quartet featuring Jerry Weldon and Joe Magnarelli on Saturday June 3rd. On June 4th the pianist Jon Davis will lead a trio and trumpeter Philip Harper brings his “Pham Expression” ensemble. The Jersey City Jazz Festival always presents a diverse slate of music and 2023 is no exception. There will be a Gospel on the Pier show Sunday (6/4) at noon by the great Joshua Nelson. Nelson has performed with such gospel greats as Albertina Walker, Kirk Franklin and Dorothy Norwood. On Friday (6/2) Nimbus Arts Center and Cool Vines present Winard Harper’s Jazz Tap Extravaganza featuring dancers Jason Samuels Smith, AC Lincoln, and Megha Vadehra. The innovative saxophonist Tony Malaby will hold fort at Nucky’s at Hudson Hound on Thursday and Friday late nights with his Turnpike Trio. Saturday (6/3) will feature performances from vibraphonist Nikara Warren’s “Black Wall Street” and the Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band. Saturday evening will feature two post-festival events at the Hyatt House situated right at the festival - a jam session run by guitarist Charlie Sigler and a rooftop performance from Martin Kelley Affinity. The Sugar Tone Brass Band will be marching on the starting and finishing lines of the Bike JC Ward Tour Sunday 6/4. The event will conclude with a post-fest jam session at Moore’s Place on Monticello Ave.

    “This year’s festival is so exciting for many reasons”, says Riverview Jazz director Bryan Beninghove. “We are at a new permanent location, which is unbelievable - the views, the
    transportation, the amenities - just awesome. We’re going to feature four days of unique high quality performances, a lot for free and some ticketed events that can help support our music community. This is the first time since the pandemic that we have been able to match the scope of the festival as it was pre-Covid. A perfect way to celebrate 10 years!”
    "We are so pleased to support and provide a new home for the amazing Jersey City Jazz Festival in the newly renovated Exchange Place Plaza," said Elizabeth Cain, Executive Director of the Exchange Place Alliance. "We happily welcome Jersey City residents, their friends and jazz fans from everywhere to enjoy the totally reimagined plaza." The Jersey City Jazz Festival began in 2013 as the Riverview Jazz Festival and spent the first 5 years in Riverview-Fisk Park, in the Heights neighborhood of Jersey City. It has since become a city-wide event attracting thousands of local and global attendees. Riverview Jazz is a Jersey City-based non-profit that produces many exciting events year-round including the Latin Jazz/Salsa series Pierfest and Música Hoboken.

    “It’s really great to have our ticketed events back into the fold,” says Beninghove. “It is so important to support our local venues and put a shine on all the work they do all year long. We strongly encourage attendees to check out some of the JC Jazz Nights shows and to purchase VIP tickets. The intimate vibes of the club experience will be incredible and every ticket sale/donation helps us keep the festival free to the public. It’s not many festivals where you can get this close to these amazing artists.” Admission to the two-day outdoor event is free-to-the-public, with a suggested donation of $10-$20 per attendee. A VIP experience presented by Corcoran Sawyer Smith for $150 includes preferred seating, commemorative 2023 T-shirt, drink tickets, tote bag, and access to the VIP lounge at the Hyatt House Rooftop. Ticketed events, VIP tickets, information on directions, parking, volunteering, and links to the artists, can be found at www.JerseyCityJazzFestival.com. For information on registering for the Bike JC Ward tour, visit BikeJC.Org. The presenting sponsor of the Jersey City Jazz Festival is Exchange Place Alliance and the Jazz Master sponsor is RWJ Barnabas. Other main sponsors and partners include Goya, Jersey City Cultural Affairs, Hudson County Cultural Affairs, Broad Management, Fords Gin, Hyatt House, and many more. Riverview Jazz is supported in part by public funds from the Jersey City Arts and Culture Trust Fund. See website for full list of community partners and sponsors.

    Jersey City Jazz Festival Schedule

    Thursday June 1
    - JCJF Opening party w/ Típica 73 50th Anniversary
    White Eagle Hall 8pm, $25/$40
    337 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302
    - T.K. Blue “Shades of Melba & Benny”, Nick Masters Trio
    Brennan Courthouse 7pm, $25
    583 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306
    - Happy Hour with Kate Curran & Ron Affif Duo
    The Junto 6-8pm, $25
    68 Mercer Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302
    - Tony Malaby Turnpike Trio
    Nucky’s 9pm & 11pm shows, $25
    8 Erie St A, Jersey City, NJ 07302

    Friday June 2
    - Walter Parks & The Unlawful Assembly
    The Statuary 7pm
    53 Congress Street, Jersey City, NJ 07307
    - Winard Harper’s Jazz Tap Extravaganza feat. Jason Samuel Smith, AC Lincoln, &
    Megha Vadehra
    Nimbus Arts Center 7pm, $25/35
    329 Warren Street, Jersey City 07302
    - Tony Malaby Turnpike Trio
    Nucky’s 9pm & 11pm shows, $25
    8 Erie St A, Jersey City, NJ 07302
    - Moore’s Place: Jam Session 7pm Free
    189 Monticello Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304
    - Happy Hour with Lezlie Harrison
    Canopy Hotel 5pm, Free
    159 Morgan St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

    Saturday June 3: Exchange Place Plaza
    RWJ Barnabas Health Stage
    - Riverview Jazz All-Stars Noon
    - Emily Braden 2pm
    - Record Riot Takeover w/ Nico and Bad Habits 4pm
    - Bill Frisell Trio 6pm
    Exchange Place Pier Stage
    - Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band 4pm
    - Sonido Solar feat. Eddie Palmieri 8pm
    Ford’s Gin Row
    - Miki Yamanaka Trio 1pm
    - Spike Wilner “Ancient Aliens” 3pm
    - Eric Wyatt Quartet feat. Jeff “Tain” Watts 5pm
    - Akiko Tsuruga Quartet 7pm
    Hyatt House After Hours
    - Charlie Sigler Jam Session 9:30pm Terrace
    - Martin Kelley Affinity 10pm Rooftop

    Sunday June 4: Exchange Place Plaza
    RWJ Barnabas Health Stage
    - Stephane Wrembel Django A GoGo 1pm
    - Sugar Tone Brass Band 2:30
    - Nikara presents Black Wall Street 4:30
    Pier Stage
    - Joshua Nelson: Gospel on the Pier Noon
    - Doug Beavers Luna 5:30pm
    Ford’s Gin Row
    - Jon Davis Trio 1:30pm
    - Philip Harper “Phamily” Quintet 3:30pm
    - Moore’s Place 7pm
    189 Monticello Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 0730

    Bryan Beninghove, Executive Director
    (201) 920-7209
    bryan ( @ ) riverviewjazz dot org

    Stephen Gritzan, PR & Social Media
    stephen ( @ ) riverviewjazz dot org

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