Riverview Jazz Festival at Pershing Field

Join us at the Riverview Jazz Festival: the premiere jazz festival in Jersey City ‪


John Bauers and Friends at Pershing Field

Thursday June 7th, 7-9 pm

Co – Sponsored by PERSHING FIELD GARDEN FRIENDS and Riverviewjazz.org – https://www.riverviewjazz.org/

John Bauers, pianist and vocalist from Swingadelic and local yokel from the Heights brings his quartet to Pershing Field as part of the weeklong Riverview Jazz Fest on Thursday, June 7th from 7-9 pm.

The quartet will include fellow Swingadelic band members Neal Pawley (vocals, trombone, Guitars), Dave Post (bass), and Paul Pizzuti. Expect a lively, entertaining, swinging mix of New Orleans grooves, as well as Swing, Boogie Woogie, American Songbook Standards, and Soul.  Dancing is encouraged!


John Bauers piano/vocals is an Emmy Award winning composer, pianist and vocalist. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri he studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and received a National Endowment of the Arts grant to study jazz piano and composition with Joanne Brackeen.  He has led blues bands, jazz trios, cabaret shows performing in in Europe, Africa, and all across America. He performs in concert halls, clubs, restaurants, libraries, and outdoor festivals throughout the New York area, and fronts a popular New Jersey Swing Band, Swingadelic, with whom he has recorded 5 CD’s. His repertoire of American Songbook standards, Blues, and pop tunes from 60’s is a crowd-pleasing mix. He is currently performing his show “One More For the Road: The Songs of Johnny Mercer” and along with Swingadelic has just released a CD of Mercer tunes called “Mercerville” on the Zoho Label.


Dave Post, bass

Founder   and  bandleader of  Swingadelic,  Dave has  played  with  many rock, blues and country bands including Bill Haley’s Comets, Mitch Woods, Sleepy Labeef, Barbara Lynn, Larry Gatlin and has performed with poet Allen Ginsberg and writer Ken Kesey. Attended Livingston College music department ’74/’75.  Dave has produced numerous recording, including 6 with his big band, Swingadelic, the two most recent of which, “The Other Duke” and “Toussaintville”, are released on the prestigious Zoho label. He was until recently co-owner of Maxwell’s, NJ’s premier rock ‘n’ roll night club.


Neal Pawley trombone/vocals/guitar

Originally from Sheffield, England, Neal has been a musician in New York City for 30 years. In that time, he has performed on stage with many artists from Billy Eckstine to Tom Jones and the Allman Brothers Band. In addition to being the trombonist – and playing the occasional acoustic guitar part onstage – for Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Neal is also one half of the  Henry Mancini-meets-Fatboy Slim-over-a-glass-of-wine/ Serge Gainsbourg-swingin’-meets-electronica duo known as “11 Acorn Lane.” Their music has appeared in many TV shows, movies and commercials. Pawley’s bass and lead vocals were featured in the critically acclaimed Americana band Bucktooth Johnson.

Paul Pizzuti

Jersey City native and longtime Hoboken resident Paul has a list long list of Broadway credits, from years playing original production of “Cats” to currently playing the Tony nominated “Carousel” he has played with symphony orchestras (NY Philharmonic), perfomed on the Grammy and Tony Awards programs, toured with Patty LuPone and Brian Stokes Mitchell, and is an in demand drummer and percussionist for New York big bands and jazz combos. He is the go to drummer for Swingadelic, with whom he has recorded several CDs.


John Bauers and Friends

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The Pat Mangini Garden at Pershing Field

The Pershing Field Garden Friends are delighted to extend a heartfelt invitation to the community to celebrate the life and environmental stewardship of a dear friend and community member with the official dedication of The Pat Mangini Garden on June 9th, 2018. Pat was instrumental in planting and maintaining the gardens in Pershing Field Park for years and he has been sorely missed since his death in 2013. The outpouring of admiration for Pat at a memorial in the park inspired his family to make a generous donation to the Pershing Field Garden Friends in his name for the continued beautification of the park. A portion of this donation was used to create The Pat Mangini Garden.

Tim Keating, principle of Earthbilt Landscapes, designed the garden site. Other than the plants that Pat had rescued, and were left in place in his honor, the design used only plants native to eastern North America and incorporated native stones salvaged from a local development site, to echo Jersey City’s original natural ecosystems. The native plants will provide more food to native butterflies and bees, greater resilience in the face of the changing climate and be lower maintenance that the lawn that they are replacing. In fact, the garden is expected to achieve zero runoff, even in the heaviest downpours and will serve as a great model for landscaping in other parks, residences and commercial developments. Many volunteers contributed to the installation of this beautiful space that has already been enjoyed by many in the community and promises to delight for years to come.

Enjoy light refreshments and the birds and bees at the native garden while honoring Pat’s legacy and the enhancement of the passive areas of Pershing Field. Join us and find out more about volunteering to help us continue to enhance Pershing Field Park.

Where: Pershing Field Park, 201 Central Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07307

(Summit Avenue at Carlton Ave entrance near The Pershing Field Ice Rink)

Date: Saturday, June 9th, 2018

Time: 11am – 1pm

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Spring Awakening

Saturday, May 19(Cancelled due to rain)

Sunday, May 20 – Spring Awakening, garden prep and mulch. 9 AM – 1 PM

Saturday, June 2 – Spring Awakening, garden prep, mulch, and select planting. 9 AM – 1 PM

Saturday, June 16 – Spring Planting. 9 AM – 3 PM


Meet at the Arch on Summit Ave. for all events. Gloves and tools will be provided.

Gardening can be a dirty business, be sure to wear appropriate clothing.

Volunteer hours are available for most events for those that have a need.

Sign up at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/HQHRMMV 

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Regular PFGF Meeting – May 2018

Pershing Field Garden Friends
General Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, May 15th at 7 PM
Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Center


In conjunction with the Pershing Field Neighborhood Association we will be hosting Attorney Jeffrey Lewis who will present a proposed plan for 16 Troy St and an adjacent parcel for the development of 9 residential units with 9 car parking. Please see the plans below.

16 Troy Street plans

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