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Jersey City Jazz Festival

Jersey City Jazz Festival Launches 10-Day Party in the Heart of the City

From Friday, May 31 - Sunday, June 9, Jersey City will transform into a city-wide celebration of jazz. The fastest growing city in the state is also home to the fastest growing jazz festival in the region. Formerly the Riverview Jazz Festival, the festival has rebranded and relocated the closing festival (June 8-9) to the historic downtown neighborhood, specifically the Newark Pedestrian Plaza near the Grove Street PATH station. Over 250 musicians will perform at 30 events held throughout the city, with a majority of the shows free to the public.

The festival will begin with the Exchange Place Alliance Opening Party located on the J.Owen Grundy Pier Friday, May 31 from 6 - 9pm and will feature 2019 Grammy winner Doug Beavers’ Salsa Orchestra, and the brass band Nation Beat. The closing festival June 8 - 9 will feature three stages, vendors, and refreshments. In addition to the Bank of America and NJCU stages will be the WBGO Jazz Alley sponsored by Courvoisier. This will be a tented jazz club curated by the world renowned venue Smalls Live (NYC). Both of these events are free.

For all information, including tickets, scheduling, and planning your trip, go to

The main sponsors of the Jersey City Jazz Festival include Bank of America, WBGO, Courvoisier, and NJCU. Partners are the City of Jersey City, Jersey City Cultural Affairs, Exchange Place Alliance, Hudson County Cultural Affairs, and the Archer Bar.

This program is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division of the Department of State, and administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive & the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Earlier Event: May 31
JCJF Day 1 Opening Party
Later Event: May 31
Dayna Kurtz at Fox & Crow