ROCKAWAY BEACH JAZZ FESTIVAL
I curate the Rockaway Beach Jazz Festival, now in it's 7th year. The festival happens at the height of the summer action and crowds, in mid to late July.
3 one hour sets from 3 great groups - check out the Jazz Festival Facebook page for the latest info & photos.
NO FESTIVAL THIS YEAR (2020)
So the boardwalk concessions are still closed due to the pandemic, as are most bars and restaurants. Unfortunately it's just not possible to hold the festival this year, even though it's held outdoors. We'll be back next year, so in the meantime, wherever you are, please find a way to support local musicians, many if not all of whom are currently not working.
2019 - was held on Saturday July 27th, and featured:
6pm Claire Daly Quartet
7:30pm Scott Neumann & Spin Cycle
9pm Lloyd Haber & Andrew Lamb
Full bar and great food available. Beach 97th st & Shore Front Parkway.Take the A Train to the Beach 98th St. stop on the Rockaway Shuttle, or catch the NYC ferry to B. 108th St. and walk down to Beach 97th st.
Check the Jazz Festival Facebook page for the latest info, pics, and full personnel listing.
6pm – Paul Nowinski Duo
W/Paul Nowinski, bass, and Roman Ivanoff on Piano. Special guest, Sasha Dobson.
7:30 – Llamy Istrefi Jr. Trio
With Llamy Istrefi on drums, Allen on tenor sax, & Neal Caine on bass.
9pm – International Orange
With David Phelps, guitar, Todd Isler, drums, Adam Morrison, keys, & Leo Traversa on bass.
2017 - Saturday July 22nd - it was an awesome lineup featuring the great french horn player Vincent Chancey, the fine guitarist JC Stylles, and one of my dearest friends, the amazing Jay Rodriguez. Each brought out great bands with stellar lineups and it's always great to connect and bring out all these musicians to the Rockaway scene.
The 2016 festival was a big hit too - Thanks to The Ancient Quartet, (featuring Kevin Batchelor on trumpet.), the Brooklyn funk trio 718, and my good friend Richard Bennett with his new band - 'The Raga & the Abstract Truth' - (new albums out now on Ropeadope Records)
2015 saw the talents of alto and baritone sax player Lisa Parrott leading her own band, the ska jazz outfit G.R.A.S.S - (the Gowanus Reggae and Ska Society), plus Flying Home, a band led by master drummer John Mettam.
The inaugural 2014 festival featured the music of the fine tenorist/band leader Michael Blake, trombone virtuoso Curtis Hasslebring, plus my own Free Ride Quartet, bringing to Rockaway a cast of some of the best NY improvising musicians at Rockaway for the first time.
Here's an nice little preview from the New York Times