Pier Fest

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Jersey City Pier Fest
In partnership with Exchange Place Alliance, Pier Fest is a Friday night concert series on the J Owen Grundy Pier.

2019 schedule below!

Sept 13

6:00pm Telavana

From the desert shores of Israel to the tropical beaches of Cuba, TELAVANA bridges the musical spheres of the Middle East and the Caribbean by combining Timba, Soul, North African music and Jazz to create a unique and lively mix of rhythms and textures. 

7:30pm Multi-Grammy nominated BOBBY SANABRIA & SEXTETO IBIANO

Ibiano is the Yoruba word for "Soul." Blurring the lines between Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, jazz and more, multi-Grammy nominated drummer, percussionist Bobby Sanabria brings his powerhouse All Star Sexteto Ibiano to Riverview jazz for an exciting evening of Latin jazz and salsa!

Bobby Sanabria - drums, vocals, Oreste Abrantes, congas, vocals, Darwin Noguera - piano, vocals, Leo Traversa - bass, Peter Brainin - tenor, soprano, flute, percussion, vocals, Chris Washburne - trombone, vocals, percussion

Sept 20

6:00pm Enildo Rasua “Third Hand”

Creator of the mind-blowing "Third Hand" technique, Latin Jazz percussionist Enildo Rasúa is an innovator extraordinaire who’s been performing globally for three decades.  

Rasúa’s style and sound are unique. Classically trained, he’s a powerhouse of Afro-Cuban soul and Latin groove and yet he has the exquisite, light touch of a classical technician. Growing up in Eastern Cuba to a family of mixed African and Spanish heritage, Rasúa’s childhood was infused with the beats that form modern Salsa music and American soul, blues and rock that flowed on the airwaves. An avid collaborator, Rasúa is a master of Cuban musical traditions, including Son Cubano, Changüí, Salsa, Rumba, Tumba Francesa and Abakuá.

7:30pm Itai Kriss & The Cubana Special

Grammy-nominated flutist Itai Kriss leads a stellar group made up of the best cuban and latin musicians in the New York scene in a show featuring beloved Cuban classics along with original songs by lead singer and tres player Yuniel Jimenez “El Poeta”, set in diverse rhythms which represent the rich traditions of cuban music and include the Guaracha, Bolero, Chá Chá Chá, Danzón, Timba, Salsa and Guajira. It's impossible not to start dancing to the tropical beat of the “Cubana Special” , as the music begins and the sounds and flavors of Cuba come to life.

Sept 27

6:00pm Andrea Brachfeld and Phoenix Rising Latin Jazz

Flutist Andrea Brachfeld, a graduate of Manhattan School of Music, and recipient of the “Best Jazz Flute“ award from Hot House Magazine, began her musical career at 16 and has associated with Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Hubert Laws, Nestor Torres, Dave Valentín, Paquito D’Rivera, Wycliffe Gordon and Wallace Roney, among others.

In June 2017, Andrea was awarded a grant from the prestigious organization, Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, to compose a new jazz work. Her new CD, “If Not Now, When? ” which was released on Jazzheads in May of 2018, reflects this new music.

7:30pm Spanglish Fly

SPANGLISH FLY: part band, part celebration. Two women lead vocalists in English and Spanish, Latin percussion section, horns, piano and bass. They have been hailed as the premier band of the Latin boogaloo revival, "single-handedly reviving sixties bugalúin NYC" (NBC New York). Boogaloo! that mix of Latin and soul/R&B music that emerged from the clubs, the street corners, the transistor radios and the pool halls of 1960s Spanish Harlem, "El Barrio.” Bugalú blends Afro Caribbean percussion and rhythms with the fervor, the feeling, and the bluesiness of 60s-era soul.

Oct 4

6:00pm Victor Santos Y Ocho Con Clave

7:30pm Doug Beavers Salsa Orchestra

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