9th Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival To Be Held Across Two Sundays In Brooklyn's Urban Meadow, June 12 & 19 From 1-6pm


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Celebrating its ninth continuous year presenting the finest jazz musicians playing today—and proudly from the grassroots—the 2016 Red Hook Jazz Festival will be presented on two consecutive Sundays in June at Brooklyn's Urban Meadow.
“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

Celebrating its ninth continuous year presenting the finest jazz musicians playing today—and proudly from the grassroots—the 2016 Red Hook Jazz Festival will be presented on two consecutive Sundays, June 12 and 19 from 1-6 PM in the community garden and ecological center 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 $10 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 lineups represent the state-of-the-art in jazz, reaching across multiple styles and demonstrating the breadth and originality that defines the new jazz of this century. The schedule for the 9th annual Red Hook Jazz Festival will be (in order of appearance each day):

Sunday, June 12

Joe Fiedler's Big Sackbut
Joe Fiedler, Ryan Keberle, Luis Bonilla: Trombones
Jose Davila: Tuba

Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up
Tomas Fujiwara: drums/compositions
Michael Formanek: bass
Mary Halvorson: guitar
Brian Settles: tenor saxophone/flute
Jonathan Finlayson: trumpet

Rez Abbasi’s Junction
Rez Abbasi: guitar/compositions
Mark Shim: tenor saxophone/MIDI wind controller
Beat Kaestli Ben Stivers : keyboards
Kenny Grohowski: drums

Judi Silvano’s Zephyr Quintet (with special surprise guest)
Judi Silvano: vocals
Bruce Arnold: guitar
Kenny Wessel: guitar
Ratzo Harris : bass
Bob Meyer: drums

Steven Bernstein: slide trumpet
Briggan Krauss: alto saxophone
Tony Scherr: bass
Kenny Wollesen: drums

Sunday, June 19

Jeff Davis Authorities Trio + 1
Jeff Davis: drums/compositions
Kirk Knuffke: cornet
Matt Pavolka: bass
Special Guest Jonathan Goldberger: guitar

Matt Pavolka Horns Band
Matt Pavolka: acoustic bass, trombone
Kirk Knuffke: cornet
Loren Stillman: alto saxophone
Alan Ferber: trombone Mark Ferber: drums

Ari Hoenig Group
Ari Hoenig: drums
Other players TBA James Brandon Lewis Trio
James Brandon Lewis: tenor saxophone
Luke Stewart: electric bass
Warren Trae Crudup III: drums

Bobby Previte & the Visitors
Bobby Previte: drums/compositions
Mike Gamble: guitar
Michael "MK" Kammers: saxophones/keyboards
Kurt Kotheimer: bass

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 subsequent years, while remaining an entirely volunteer-run event, the Red Hook Jazz Festival 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 the RHJF’s continued presentation of the greatest jazz talents performing today. In June 2012, then Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz declared one day of the RHJF “Red Hook Jazz Festival Day" in Brooklyn.

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