WHERE: in the Powerhouse Arts District, Jersey City; all performances will alternate on the hour between the Bank of America and Exchange Place Alliance stages.
TICKETS: free-to-the-public, with a suggested donation of $10 per attendee.
For information on purchasing VIP tickets, directions, parking, volunteering, or links to the artists, visit www.JerseyCityJazzFestival.com.
For information on registering for the Bike JC Ward tour, visit BikeJC.org.
This year’s lineup features no shortage of talent among the fourteen diverse musical acts.
- Guitar aficionados will be in for a treat with an array of virtuosic performers including the world-renowned Julian Lage (6/5, 4pm), modern gypsy jazz artist Gonzalo Bergara (6/5, 2pm), flamenco master Andreas Arnold (6/4, 4pm), and the guitar-driven roots spiritual ensemble Walter Parks and the Unlawful Assembly (6/5, 1pm).
- Hard core jazz lovers will be thrilled with crowd favorite Winard Harper and Jeli Posse (6/4, 3pm), vocalist and WBGO on-air personality Lezlie Harrison (6/4, 1pm), and jazz piano maestro David Kikoski (6/4, 2pm).
- As is the annual Jersey City Jazz Fest tradition, both days will close out with dancing to salsa performances by two legendary percussionists, Little Johnny Rivero (6/4, 7pm) and Johnny Rodriguez and the Dream Team (6/5, 5pm).
- An eclectic set of dynamic groups round out the lineup. These include acclaimed vocalist Svetlana, presented by NJCU (6/4, 6pm), the bass-fronted Afro Cuban jazz power group Santi Debriano’s Arkestra Bembe (6/4, 5pm), the hot-blooded percussion and mighty brass sounds of Nation Beat (6/4, Noon), the New Orleans-based trad group Aurora Nealand and the Royal Roses (6/5, 3pm), and the stylish Sounds of A & R (6/5, Noon).
The Jersey City Jazz Festival began in 2013 as a grassroots community concert and has blossomed into one of the region’s premiere cultural events. Beninghove points to the level of talent in the area as a main reason for the astounding growth of the festival. “We have some of the best players in the world here - and it’s not just one style of music or jazz, it’s everything! It is so important for the community to experience this level of excellence, because it is unique and special. Not everyone has access to great music and art, but we do here—and we want to celebrate it with a big, free party for the people.”
The presenting sponsor of the Jersey City Jazz Festival is Exchange Place Alliance and the Jazz Master sponsor is Bank of America. Other main sponsors and partners include NJ PBS, Jersey City Cultural Affairs, Hudson County Cultural