Live Music

A Place for Jazz in Red Hook

The progressive Red Hook Jazz Festival celebrates a decade of introducing music lovers to the brassy art form. Music editor Meera Dugal shares the acts she's anxious to catch.

Photo courtesy of Red Hook Jazz Festival

In the ever-consistent spirit of marching to the beat of its own drum, Red Hook’s independent, progressive, and family-friendly spirit shines with the 10th anniversary of the Red Hook Jazz Festival. Presented in the vibrant community garden and eco-center Urban Meadow, the festival will feature forward-thinking artists on two Sundays, from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. It even lets neighborhood children in free of charge to encourage the next generation of jazzheads. It’s not too often that you get to hear experimental jazz in a lively outdoor setting, so I appreciate the fact that avant-garde music is being taken out of insiders-only art spaces and clubs and brought into the light for more music lovers to enjoy. I’m particularly jazzed about a few ensembles:

The Jane Ira Bloom Trio – Jane Bloom is a soprano saxophone genius who even has an asteroid named after her to prove it!

40Twenty – I’m a sucker for trombone and love all of the trombone-centric projects of Jacob Garchik, whether it’s this, his Atheist Gospel Trombone album, or Banda de los Muertos.

Matt Lavelle and the 12 Houses Orchestra –  This project is a newer discovery for me, but I love me a brass-centric, 12-person big band…especially one like this that is improv heavy and features a rapper. I get the vibe that the artists are having a lot of fun with the material, which always makes for a better audience experience.

Why you should go: Adults and kids alike (there’s a playground adjacent to the Urban Meadow) are in for a treat with a wonderful lineup.

Red Hook Jazz Festival
Urban Meadow Community Garden
President and Van Brunt Streets, Red Hook
Sunday, June 11 and June 18
11 a.m.–6 p.m.
$10; kids under 10 free

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