(June 10, 2016) –  Celebrating its ninth continuous year presenting the finest jazz musicians playing today—and proudly from the grassroots—the 2016 Red Hook Jazz Festival will be presented on two consecutive Sundays, beginning June 12 from 1-6 PM in the community garden and ecological center the Urban Meadow, located at the corner of President and Van Brunt Streets near the Columbia St. waterfront in Brooklyn, NY. General admission will be $10 and will be available at the Meadow entrance—no advance tickets will be sold. As with all past editions of the festival, all children will be admitted to both days of the festival free of charge.

The lineups represent the state-of-the-art in jazz, reaching across multiple styles and demonstrating the breadth and originality that defines the new jazz of this century. The schedule for Day 1 of the 9th annual Red Hook Jazz Festival will be (in order of appearance):

Joe Fiedler’s Big Sackbut
Joe Fiedler, Ryan Keberle, Luis Bonilla: Trombones
Jose Davila: Tuba

Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up
Tomas Fujiwara: drums/compositions
Michael Formanek: bass
Mary Halvorson: guitar
Brian Settles: tenor saxophone/flute
Jonathan Finlayson: trumpet

Rez Abbasi’s Junction
Rez Abbasi: guitar/compositions
Mark Shim: tenor saxophone/MIDI wind controller
Sam Harris: keyboards
Kenny Grohowski: drums

Judi Silvano’s Zephyr Sextet (with special surprise guest)
Judi Silvano: vocals
Adam Kolker: saxophones
Bruce Arnold: guitar
Kenny Wessel: guitar
Ratzo Harris : bass
Bob Meyer: drums

Steven Bernstein: slide trumpet
Briggan Krauss: alto saxophone
Tony Scherr: bass
Kenny Wollesen: drums

“The Red Hook Jazz Festival exists contentedly on the margins, like its namesake neighborhood and much of the music on its bill…The mood in the audience was neighborly, with a higher ratio of small children to youngish adults than I’ve seen at any musical event not expressly pitched as a kids’ show.” — Nate Chinen, New York Times

“The lineup seems to get better every year at the Red Hook Jazz Festival, held on two successive Sundays at the Urban Meadow. These bands have widely varying instrumentation but a shared independent spirit, an ethic as purposeful and rigorous as it is experimental.” — David R. Adler, Village Voice

“The Red Hook Jazz Festival deserves an award for ‘event deserving wider recognition’.” — Tom Greenland, New York City Jazz Record

“Lemme tell ya, this is what makes Brooklyn Brooklyn, it really is.” — former Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz, proclaiming “Red Hook Jazz Festival Day” in Brooklyn at the 2012 RHJF

Stay tuned to Bands Near Me for detailed information on next week’s event (June 19)