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Red Hook Jazz Festival

September 24, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT


The 10th annual Red Hook Jazz Festival will hold its Day 2, postponed from June, on Sunday, September 24 from 1-6 PM in the Urban Meadow, a community garden located at the corner of President and Van Brunt Streets in Brooklyn, NY. General admission will be $10 and will be available at the Meadow entrance each day of the festival. And, as with all past editions of the RHJF, all children will be admitted to both days of the festival FREE!

There have been a few changes in the lineups and their appearances from the groups we were to present in June. The ensembles performing on Day 2 of the 10th annual Red Hook Jazz Festival will include (in order of appearance):

Iris Ornig’s IO-5I
Dave Smith: trumpet
Jeremy Powell: tenor saxophone
Iris Ornig: bass/compositions
Allan Mednard: drums
Keyboardist TBA

Tomchess’ Moonship Quartet
Tomchess: oud, ney, morsing, compositions
Dan Kurfirst: percussion
Abraham Mennen Faure: tenor saxophone
Zachary Swanson: bass

Jacob Garchik: trombone
Jacob Sacks: piano
David Ambrosio: bass
Vinnie Sperrazza: drums

Stephan Crump’s Borderland Trio + 1
Kris Davis: keyboards
Stephan Crump: bass
Eric McPherson: drums
Plus a special guest TBA

Matt Lavelle and the 12 Houses Orchestra
Matt Lavelle: trumpet, cornet, compositions
Ras Moshe: saxophones, flute
Lee Odom: soprano sax, clarinet
Charles Waters: alto sax, clarinet
Mary Cherney: flutes
Nicole Davis: trumpet
Ras Miguel: trumpet
Meg Montgomery: trumpet
Art Baron: trombone
Ana Ïsma Viel: vocals
Chris Forbes: keyboards
Sana Nagano: violin
Jack DeSalvo: guitar
Anders Nilsson: guitar
François Grillot: bass
Reggie Sylvester: drums

The Red Hook Jazz Festival is co-directed by Mike Golub, Tamar Smith and James Keepnews. It was conceived by Mike in 2008 as an opportunity to present artists who lived locally and to bring new attention to the work of the Urban Meadow, which had been reclaimed from an abandoned lot down the street from the Smith-Golub home. Over the course of this entirely volunteer-run festival’s 10 years, the RHJF has established itself as a major annual event for jazz listeners globally, recognized for its relaxed vibe, family-friendly environment, strong commitment to giving younger ears an opportunity to hear this vital music by waiving admission costs for children and by it’s continued dedication to presenting some of the world’s greatest jazz talents. In June 2012, then Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz declared one day of the RHJF “Red Hook Jazz Festival Day” in Brooklyn.

Read Tom Greenland’s review of the RHJF in the New York City Jazz Record:

And read Nate Chinen’s review for the New York Times:

See George Coleman Jr.’s Rivington Project throw down at 2014’s fest:

Here are video excerpts from other past RHJF performances:
Local Red Hook musician Willie Martinez and his La Familia Sextet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIv-XhEnhL4
Clarence Penn Quartet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfoaiwaUjV0
Mike Pride’s Bacteria to Boys: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdQort5zOOA
Allison Miller’s Big Molasses: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiRXtLbKFTw

For more information about the Red Hook Jazz Festival, please see its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RedHookJazzFestival

For more information about the Urban Meadow, please visit: http://urbanmeadowbrooklyn.blogspot.com

“The Red Hook Jazz Festival exists contentedly on the margins, like its namesake neighborhood and much of the music on its bill…The mood in the audience was neighborly, with a higher ratio of small children to youngish adults than I’ve seen at any musical event not expressly pitched as a kids’ show.”

— Nate Chinen, New York Times

“The lineup seems to get better every year at the Red Hook Jazz Festival, held on two successive Sundays at the Urban Meadow. These bands have widely varying instrumentation but a shared independent spirit, an ethic as purposeful and rigorous as it is experimental.”

— David R. Adler, Village Voice

“The Red Hook Jazz Festival deserves an award for ‘event deserving wider recognition’.”

— Tom Greenland, New York City Jazz Record

“Lemme tell ya, this is what makes Brooklyn Brooklyn, it really is.”

— former Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz, proclaiming “Red Hook Jazz Festival Day” in Brooklyn at the 2012 RHJF


September 24, 2017
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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