Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Red Hook Jazz Festival June 10 and 17

Celebrating its fifth anniversary presenting the most forward-thinking musicians and composers in modern jazz, the Red Hook Jazz Festival, produced by big bang productions, will take place this year at its usual location, the Urban Meadow in Red Hook on two consecutive Sundays, June 10 and June 17 starting at 1 PM. Both days are sponsored as in years past by both the Urban Meadow and the venerable House of Pizza & Calzone which has also provided food and drinks for festival goers for many years. A suggested donation of $10 per adult per day for each day of the festival will be requested, and all children will be admitted free of charge.

[Update 5/10: The festival has launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign. Contribute here: - ]

e Red Hook Jazz Festival prides itself on being a homegrown jazz festival featuring an amazing line-up of mostly local talent. Where other festivals rely on corporate sponsorships and donations, the RHJF is an all-volunteer event proud to support a wide variety of superb figures in NYC jazz, both young and old. The RHJF has truly developed a tradition of presenting great music with a laid back vibe, an outdoor setting, and a strong family-friendly focus, while striving to develop the next generation of jazz audiences.

Details, event schedule and directions follow below. For up to date announcements on the RHJF, visit: and the Urban Meadow's website: For more information about the Red Hook Jazz Festival and/or big bang productions, please contact Mike Golub at:917-751-9347 or golub.mike [at ]


Max Johnson Trio
Max Johnson, bass
Kirk Knuffke, trumpet
Jeff Davis, drums

The Flail
Dan Blankinship, trumpet
Stephan Moutot, saxophone
Brian Marsella, piano
Reid Taylor, bass
Matt Zebroski, drums

Nick Gianni's Evolution
Nick Gianni, saxophones, flute
Rick Bottari, keyboards
On Ka'a Davis, guitar
John Trent, bass
Dalius Naujo, drums

Hot Cup Chili Pepper 7 (aka: Mostly Other People Do the Killing + 3)
Peter Evans, trumpet
Jon Irabagon, saxophones
Dave Taylor, trombone
Brandon Seabrook, banjo
Ron Stabinsky, piano
Moppa Elliott, bass
Kevin Shea, drums

Travis Sullivan's BJORKESTRA
Travis Sullivan, saxophones
Shayna Steele, vocals
Ian Cook, laptop
Sean Nowell, tenor sax
Lauren Sevian, baritone sax
Ravi Best, trumpet
Eli Asher, trumpet
Alan Ferber, trombone
Andy Hunter, trombone
Art Hirahara, piano
Yoshi Waki, bass
Joe Abbatantuono, drums


Rick Parker Collective
Rick Parker, trombone
Yayoi Ikawa, keyboards
John O'Gallagher, saxophone
Sean Conly, bass
Ziv Ravitz, drums

Harris Eisenstadt's Canada Day Octet
Nate Wooley, trumpet
Matt Bauder, saxophone
Chris Dingman, vibraphone
Garth Stevenson, bass
Ray Anderson, trombone
Jason Mears, alto saxophone
Joe Daley, tuba

Andy Hunter, trombone
Dan Loomis, bass
Justin Wood, saxophone
Danny Fischer, drums

Nate Wooley Quintet
Nate Wooley, trumpet
Matt Moran, vibes
Eivind Opsvik, bass
Harris Eisenstadt, drums

Mike Baggetta Quartet
Mike Baggetta, guitar
Jason Rigby, saxophone
Eivind Opsvik, bass
George Schuller, drums

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