RJO Presents the Riverview Jazz Festival 2016

RJO presents over 40 events June 3- 11 for the 4th Riverview Jazz Festival 2016

River View Jazz festival

RiverviewJazz.Org (RJO) will present the Fourth Annual Riverview Jazz Festival from June 3 – 11, 2016. All events are free to the public.

The Riverview Jazz festival week starts with an opening party on Friday June 3 at City Life in Jersey City with over 40 events planned through the week and culminating on June 11 at Riverview Fisk Park. This year’s flagship event on Saturday June 11 at Riverview Fisk Park will feature two stages, nine bands, beer provided by BuyRite, food trucks curated by Hudson Kitchen, a vintage flea market by Pacific Flea, family events, and a cobblestone artwalk produced by Riverview Neighborhood Association with artist Jeankarlos Cruz. And best yet – it’s free to the public!

The Riverview Jazz Festival is made possible in part by Mayor Steven M. Fulop, the Jersey City Municipal Council, and the Office of Cultural Affairs, by generous support from the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive and the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and many others including Hudson Reporter, Buy Rite, Sawyer Smith Residential Brokerage, Riverview Neighborhood Association, Remco Press, Silverman, New Jersey City University, Farms in the Heights, New Heights Art Supply, ModCup, Palisade’s Liquors, Gino’s Pizzeria, Guitar Bar/Drum Den, all the venues hosting events and other individual supporters.

Ogden Ave Stage

Noon : RJO All-Stars
1:30pm : Winard Harper
3:00pm : Donny McCaslin Quartet
4:30pm : Slavic Soul Party
6:30pm : Tipica 73

RNA’s Holland Street Stage

1:00pm : NJCU Jazz Quintet
2:30pm : Rebeca Vallejo
4:00pm : T.K. Blue
5:30pm : George Coleman & the Rivington Project


Tipica 73 : 6:30pm

One of the world’s most influential NY Cuban charanga and salsa bands. Tipica 73 was founded in 1973 by John “Dandy” Rodriguez and Sonny Bravo and comprised of mostly members of Ray Barretto’s band. This 10-piece conjunto still plays dates around the world and mostly resides locally in Hudson County. It is an honor for RJO to welcome them to the stage to close out the festival.
Listen : http://www.last.fm/music/Tipica+73

Profile : http://www.mindspring.com/~marcsue/nelson/tipicaprofile.htm

Slavic Soul Party : 4:30pm

Throbbing funk grooves, fiery Balkan brass, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops make Slavic Soul Party! NYC’s official #1 brass band for BalkanSoul GypsyFunk. SSP! has created an acoustic mash-up of Balkan and Gypsy sounds with North American music, weaving the gospel, techno, funk, dub, jazz, and Latin influences of New York’s neighborhoods seamlessly into a Balkan brass setting.


Donny McCaslin Quartet : 3:00pm

w/ Mark Guiliana, Jason Lindner, and Nate Wood

Three time Grammy nominee for “Best Instrumental Jazz Solo,” Donny McCaslin has recorded 11 CDs as a leader and most notably led the backup band for David Bowie’s final masterpiece, “BlackStar”. Here he brings his working quartet which fuses elements of post-bop, electronica, and funk to form a style truely his own.


Winard Harper : 1:30pm

World-renown jazz drummer and long-time Jersey City resident, Winard Harper has performed with such luminaries Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, and Betty Carter. In addition to his busy schedule as an in-demand sideman, he also leads the Jeli Posse and other bands. He has performed at Lincoln Center, the Village Vanguard, and more. Locally, Winard runs a weekly artist

Q & A session on Sundays at Moore’s Lounge in Jersey City.

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/WinardHarperJazz/

RJO All-Stars : noon

w/ Bryan Beninghove (sx), Ted Chubb (tpt), Kyle Koehler (org), Matt Kane (dr)

Founded by members of RiverviewJazz.Org and alumni from past festivals, this band performs an array of classic soul-jazz tunes out of the boogaloo and post-bop songbook. Grits and gravy for the masses played joyfully by the people who brought you this festival.


George Coleman & the Rivington Project : 5:30pm

w/ Peter Bernstein (gtr), Brian Charrette (org), Mike DiRubbo (as), George Coleman Jr (dr)

George Coleman Jr was born into a musical family. The son of jazz legend George Coleman and organist Gloria Coleman, he was seven when Max Roach gave him his first set of drums. George has went on to tour/record with such greats as Etta Jones, Lou Donaldson, Cyrus Chestnut, Harold Mabern and more. Here the Jersey City resident fronts the Rivington Project performing a musical gumbo of jazz, funk, and experimental music.


T.K. Blue’s “A Latin Side of Bird” : 4:00pm

w/ Paul Beaudry (bs), Jerome Jennings (dr), Mike King (pno), Roland Guerrero (perc), T.K. Blue (saxes/flute)

T.K. Blue, multi-instrumentalist and bandleader has been featured on over 80 recordings throughout his illustrious career. A long-time collaborator with Randy Weston, T.K. has performed with such giants as Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby McFerrin, Sam Rivers, and Don Cherry to name a few. The Jersey City resident will be featuring music from his tribute album to the iconic Charlie Parker.


Rebeca Vallejo : 2:30pm

Rebeca Vallejo (vocals and body percussion) , George Dulin (pno), David Silliman (perc)

Born in Madrid, this long-time Jersey City resident, composer and singer has complimented her flamenco roots with a deep love of Brazilian music to create a truely unique sound. She is currently touring and promoting her third album as a leader, “Azúcar Canale” and has performed at such venues as The Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.


NJCU Jazz Quintet : 1:00pm

Ansy François (sax), Gabe Gilch (tpt), Isaac Del Rosario (keys). Anthony Bianco (bs), Michael Yaw (dr)

With a faculty of world-class New York based jazz artists, NJCU student ensembles represent the highest quality of jazz steeped in the tradition of past masters.
Jazz Dept directed by Walt Weiskopf.

June 3-11 schedule of events

Friday June 3

Riverview Jazz Festival Opening Party

City Life Jam Session with the RJO All-Stars 7:00 – 10:00 pm

125 First St Jersey City

942 Co-op Soul Caribbean Jazz by M.D.B Trio 7-9pm

942 Summit Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey 07307

Fox and Crow Super Hi-Fi 10:00 pm

594 Palisade Ave, Jersey City Heights 07307

Groove on Grove Martin Morretto’s Yellow Frog Orchestra Bands from 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Grove PATH Plaza, Jersey City, NJ

Jazz Lunch at City Hall Bryan Beninghove Trio 12:00 -2:00 pm

City Hall, Jersey City, NJ

JC Reservoir: “A Wild Jazz Adventure” with Peter Lin & Friends 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Jefferson St between Central and Summit

Maxwell’s Tavern The Jack Breslin Jazz Band 9:00 – 10:30 pm

1039 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Moore’s Lounge Jam Session with Winard Harper 8:00 pm

189 Monticello Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304

The Statuary Chacha & Son 7:30 pm

53 Congress St, Jersey City Heights, 07307

Saturday June 4

Fox and Crow Manouche Bag 10:00 pm

594 Palisade Ave., Jersey City Heights 07307

Hamilton Park Festival Kiwi Roots Reggae 11:30 am – 1:15 pm

Hamilton Park, Jersey City, NJ

J City Realty Mama Blue 7:00 – 9:00 pm

109 Christopher Columbus Dr, Jersey City

Lincoln Inn The Gully Hubbards, Hudson City Rats 9:00 pm

13 Lincoln St. Jersey City

Maxwell’s Tavern Big Wake, The Defending Champions, Mongooch 8:30 pm

039 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Sinatra Park Sons of Rest feat. George Naha
6:30 – 8:30pm

Btw 4th & 5th St Sinatra Dr, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Sunday June 5

Farms in the Heights’s BrassBand Brunch MurchChurch BrassBand 1:00 – 4:00 pm Riverview – Fisk Park

JC Bike Ward Tour The Nerds, Beninghove’s Hangmen 1:00pm

Liberty State Park

Maxwell’s Tavern
BBQ Party! with Wailing Denims 4:00 – 7:00 pm

1039 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Moore’s Lounge Winard Harper and Friends w/ special guest 6:00 pm

189 Monticello Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304

Orale Joe Bussey 12:30 – 4:00 pm

341 Grove Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Pilsener Haus Walter Parks 12:30 – 3:30 pm

1422 Grand St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Porta Nobuki Takamen Trio 1:00 – 4:00 pm

135 Newark Avenue , Jersey City, NJ

The Brightside Tavern Blues Night 7:00 pm

141 Bright St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

The Corkscrew The Jack Breslin Trio 12:00 – 3:00 pm

61 Congress St, Jersey City Heights, NJ

Monday June 6

The Brightside Tavern Monday Jazz Jam Session w/ Brightside Trio 8:00 pm

141 Bright St, Jersey City, NJ

Maxwell’s Tavern Pat Van Dyke 8:30 – 9:30pm

1039 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Tuesday June 7

Maxwell’s Tavern Open Mic 8:00 pm

1039 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Wednesday June 8

Groove on Grove Conundrum, Kadian Quartet 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Grove PATH Plaza, Jersey City, NJ

Pershing Fields Jazz in the Park 7:00 pm

201 Central Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07307

Razza Wednesday Gypsy Jazz Jam w/ Stephane Wrembel 7:00 pm

275 Grove St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Thursday June 9

Fox and Crow Ted Chubb 9:00 pm

594 Palisade Ave., Jersey City Heights, NJ

Jazz for Lunch Paul Meyers “World on a String” Trio 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Jersey City, NJ

Madame Claude Bis Manouche Bag 7:30 PM

364 1/2 4th St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Pilsener Haus Matt Kane Trio 8:00 pm

1422 Grand St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Porta Gerry Rosenthal Trio 5:00 – 8:00 pm

135 Newark Avenue , Jersey City, NJ

Sinatra Park Sinatra Idol 6:30 pm

Btw 4th & 5th St Sinatra Dr, Hoboken, NJ 07030

William V. Musto Cultural Center James Austen Trio 7:00 pm

420 15th St, Union City, NJ 07087

WPA’s Summer Music Series in Washington Park Enilda Rasau Group. 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Washington Park Union City/Jersey City Heights

Friday June 10

Audobon Park – “Bebop for Pops” University Academy Charter School Band and Tim Hegerty and Friends 6:00 – 8:00 pm

JFK Blvd and Audobon Ave, Jersey City

Fox and Crow Beninghove’s Hangmen 10:00 pm

594 Palisade Ave., Jersey City Heights, NJ

Maxwell’s Tavern

Drown Your Boots/ Dan Caputo 8:30 pm

1039 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Moore’s Lounge

Jam Session w/ Winard Harper 8:00 pm

189 Monticello Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304

The Corkscrew

Doug Beavers Group 9:00 pm

61 Congress St, Jersey City Heights, NJ

Saturday June 11


Riverview- Fisk Park

Fox and Crow
Official RJF Afterparty
w/ Swamp Cabbage 10:00 pm

594 Palisade Ave., Jersey City Heights, NJ

Lincoln Inn

Forget the Whale 9:00 pm

13 Lincoln St. Jersey City

Maxwell’s Tavern

Popa Chubby 9:00 pm

1039 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030


Ska at Midnight

135 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ


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