After 10 years of two-day festivals presenting 100 bands, the grassroots, all-volunteer Red Hook Jazz
Festival will shift to one day for its 11th annual season on Sunday, September 16 from 2-6 PM.
“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
“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
After 10 years of two-day festivals presenting 100 bands, the grassroots, all-volunteer Red Hook Jazz Festival will shift to one day for its 11th annual season on Sunday, September 16 from 2-6 PM.
Headlining this year's RHJF will be acclaimed guitarist Marc Ribot and his Jazzbeens trio. The other groups performing this year include the Drum/Bridge Tentet, led by drummer/composer Andrew Drury, which will be preceded by a workshop of student musicians led by Drury who will then join the Tentet for their set, along with the renowned Indian master of the double-neck mandolin, Snehasish Mozumder and his multicultural Sound of Mandolin (SOM) band.
The 11th annual Red Hook Jazz Festival will take place in the Red Hook community garden the Urban Meadow, located at the corner of President and Van Brunt Streets near the Columbia St. waterfront in Brooklyn, NY. General admission will be $15 and will be available at the Meadow entrance — no advance tickets will be sold. As with all past editions of the festival, all children will be admitted to both days of the festival free of charge.
The schedule for the 11th annual Red Hook Jazz Festival will be (in order of appearance):
2:15: Andrew Drury's Drum/Bridge workshop with student musicians
5:00: Marc Ribot & The Jazzbeens Marc Ribot — guitar Greg Lewis — Hammond organ Drummer TBA
The Red Hook Jazz Festival is co-directed by Mike Golub 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 his family's 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.
Here are video excerpts from past RHJF performances: