7th Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival

Richi DeBonis' NOWNET
Richi DeBonis’ NOWtet
Adam Kolker & Greg Gisbert
Adam Kolker & Greg Gisbert

The tiny meadow across from Red Hook Terminal is the site of this year’s Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival.  For the seventh year, James Keepnews and Mike Golub have assembled a roster of top shelf personnel making up six different bands, all original and exciting.

Sunday, June 8th was just part one of the two-day festival ending on Sunday, June 15th.  Keepnews and Golub seriously know how to put together a show.  Where else could one hear Ralph Alessi, Drew Gress, Mark Ferber, Ted Daniel and Marvin Sewell all in one afternoon?  The talent roster goes on but is too lengthy to list.

The view of Buttermilk Channel — coupled with the honking of passing tugboats and assorted vessels — contributed to the charm of this tight-knit, neighborhood experience.  People picnicked, children danced, friends chatted, couples held each other close and readers pored over the Sunday papers while enjoying the sun and sounds.

Richi DeBonis & Carlo De Rosa
Richi DeBonis & Carlo De Rosa

The day came to a close with Richi Debonis’ NOWtet, a quintet playing jazz arrangements of the music of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant as well as compositions by the band’s animated leader.  Two Debonis originals, “J Train” and “Flatleaver” easily went toe-to-toe with the classic Page/Plant classics, “Whole Lotta Love”, “Going to California” and “Kashmir”.  Debonis is a strong leader, apt composer, fierce and able drummer and sensational showman.  His outstanding bandmates, David Bryant on keyboard, Carlo De Rosa on bass, Greg Gisbert on trumpet and Adam Kolker on saxophone are individually forceful and wildly talented.  This is a band you will want to follow. 

David Bryant
David Bryant

The June 15th lineup features THE M– USEUM BAND OF TEETH & RESPECT, WELF DORR UNIT, GEORGE COLEMAN, JR. & THE RIVINGTON PROJECT, GENE ESS & FRACTAL ATTRACTION and DECAY.

This is a worthwhile afternoon of outdoor music, food and beverage and a great place to spend Father’s Day as all ages are welcome.  Admission is just $10 for the entire day.
7th Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival
President & Van Brundt Streets
Brooklyn, New York
June 8 & June 15th at 1pm.
Article and photography by Lisa Ellex
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