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(WorldFrontNews Editorial):- Jersey City, New Jersey May 24, 2023 (Issuewire.com) – Jersey City Jazz Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary June 1- 4, 2023.

The Jersey City Jazz Festival returns for its 10th-anniversary celebration from June 1-4, 2023. The festival will kick off with JC Jazz Nights on Thursday (6/1) and Friday (6/2) at various venues throughout the city. It will culminate in a two-day free outdoor festival on Saturday (6/3) and Sunday (6/4) at the newly renovated Exchange Place Plaza, presented by Exchange Place Alliance and produced by Riverview Jazz. The festival will also partner with the Bike JC Ward Tour on Sunday, June 5, and serve as its finish line along the Hudson Waterfront.

“This year’s festival is so exciting for many reasons”, says Riverview Jazz director Bryan Beninghove. “We’re going to feature four days of unique high-quality performances, a lot for free, and some ticketed events that can help support our music community. This is the first time since the pandemic that we have been able to match the scope of the festival as it was pre-COVID. A perfect way to celebrate 10 years!”

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“We are so pleased to support and provide a new home for the amazing Jersey City Jazz Festival in the newly renovated Exchange Place Plaza,” said Elizabeth Cain, Executive Director of the Exchange Place Alliance. “We happily welcome Jersey City residents, their friends, and jazz fans from everywhere to enjoy the totally reimagined plaza.”

The Jersey City Jazz Festival began in 2013 as the Riverview Jazz Festival and spent the first 5 years in Riverview-Fisk Park, in the Heights neighborhood of Jersey City. It has since become a city-wide event attracting thousands of local and global attendees. Riverview Jazz is a Jersey City-based non-profit that produces many exciting events year-round including the Latin Jazz/Salsa series Pierfest and Música Hoboken.

Admission to the two-day outdoor event is free-to-the-public, with a suggested donation of $10-$20 per attendee. A VIP experience presented by Corcoran Sawyer Smith for $150 includes preferred seating, a commemorative 2023 T-shirt, drink tickets, a tote bag, and access to the VIP lounge at the Hyatt House Rooftop. Ticketed events, VIP tickets, information on directions, parking, volunteering, and links to the artists, can be found at www.jerseycityjazzfestival.com. For information on registering for the Bike JC Ward tour, visit bikejc.org. The presenting sponsor of the Jersey City Jazz Festival is Exchange Place Alliance and the Jazz Master sponsor is RWJ Barnabas. Other main sponsors and partners include Goya, Jersey City Cultural Affairs, Hudson County Cultural Affairs, Broad Management, Fords Gin, Hyatt House, and many more. Riverview Jazz is supported in part by public funds from the Jersey City Arts and Culture Trust Fund. See the website for a full list of community partners and sponsors.

Jersey City Jazz Festival Schedule

Thursday, June 1

JCJF Opening party w/ Típica 73 50th Anniversary

White Eagle Hall 8 pm, $25/$40
337 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302

T.K. Blue “Shades of Melba & Benny,” Nick Masters Trio

Brennan Courthouse 7 pm, $25
583 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306

Happy Hour with Kate Curran & Ron Affif Duo

The Junto 6-8 pm, $25
68 Mercer Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Tony Malaby Turnpike Trio

Nucky’s 9 pm & 11 pm show, $25
8 Erie St A, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Friday, June 2

Walter Parks & The Unlawful Assembly

The Statuary 7 pm
53 Congress Street, Jersey City, NJ 07307

Winard Harper’s Jazz Tap Extravaganza feat. Jason Samuel Smith, AC Lincoln, & Megha Vadehra

Nimbus Arts Center 7 pm, $25/35
329 Warren Street, Jersey City 07302

Tony Malaby Turnpike Trio

Nucky’s 9 pm & 11 pm show, $25
8 Erie St A, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Moore’s Place: Jam Session 7 pm Free
189 Monticello Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304

Happy Hour with Lezlie Harrison

Canopy Hotel 5 pm, Free
159 Morgan St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Saturday, June 3: Exchange Place Plaza

RWJ Barnabas Health Stage

Riverview Jazz All-Stars Noon

Emily Braden 2 pm

Record Riot Takeover w/ Nico and Bad Habits at 4 pm

Bill Frisell Trio 6 pm

Exchange Place Pier Stage

Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band 4pm

Sonido Solar feat. Eddie Palmieri 8 pm

Ford’s Gin Row

Miki Yamanaka Trio 1pm

Spike Wilner “Ancient Aliens” 3 pm

Eric Wyatt Quartet feat. Jeff “Tain” Watts 5 pm

Akiko Tsuruga Quartet 7pm

Hyatt House After Hours

Charlie Sigler Jam Session 9:30 pm Terrace

Martin Kelley Affinity 10 pm Rooftop

Sunday, June 4: Exchange Place Plaza

RWJ Barnabas Health Stage

Stephane Wrembel Django A GoGo 1pm

Sugar Tone Brass Band 2:30

Nikara presents Black Wall Street at 4:30

Pier Stage

Joshua Nelson: Gospel on the Pier Noon

Doug Beavers Luna 5:30 pm

Ford’s Gin Row

Jon Davis Trio 1:30 pm

Philip Harper “Phamily” Quintet 3:30 pm


Moore’s Place 7 pm

189 Monticello Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304


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