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8th Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival Takes Place June 14 & 21 In The Urban Meadow


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“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 eighth continuous year of presentation the finest artists in jazz, proudly from the grassroots, the 2015 Red Hook Jazz Festival will be presented on two consecutive Sundays, June 14 and 21 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 this year represent the infinite variety the music exhibits in the 21st century, embracing countless traditions and global cultures. The schedule for the 8th annual Red Hook Jazz Festival will be:

June 14

Jason Kao Hwang/Amygdala — Jason Kao Hwang: violin, viola, compositions, Rami Seo: gayakeum, Michael Wimberly: djembe

Alon Nechushtan Quintet — Alon Nechushtan: keyboard, John Ellis & Donny McCaslin}}: saxophones, Chris Lightcap: bass, Adam Cruz: drums

Shai Maestro Trio — Shai Maestro: keyboard, Jorge Roeder: bass, Ziv Ravitz: drums

Ben Monder Trio — Ben Monder: guitar, Eivind Opsvik: bass, Jochen Rueckert: drums

Trio X + Rosi Hertlein — Joe McPhee: saxophones, trumpets, Dominic Duval: bass, Jay Rosen: drums, Rosi Hertlein: violin, vocals

June 21

KWIKK — Karl Berger: vibes, Warren Smith: drums, Ingrid Sertso: vocals, Kenny Wessel: guitar, Ken Filiano: bass;

Ari Hoenig Duo — Ari Hoenig: drums, Brian Charette: organ

Rez Abbasi's Junction — Rez Abbasi: guitar, Mark Shim: tenor saxophone, EWI, Ben Shivers: keyboards, Jaimeo Brown: drums

Eric Person Trio — Eric Person saxophones, flute, Adam Armstrong: bass, Shinnosuke Takahashi: drums

Brooklyn Qawwali PartyLoren Stillman: alto saxophone, Brian Drye: trombone, Rob Jost: French Horn, Noah Jarrett: acoustic bass, Michael Bellar: harmonium, Brook Martinez: drums

About The Red Hook Jazz Festival

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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