Pershing Field Garden Friends is a proud supporter of JC Fridays and the Jersey City Preservation Alliance’s “Wild Jazz Adventure.” Come out on June 5th, 6-8 pm & enjoy!!
There will also be a cell phone photo contest where the most retweeted photo tagged with #JCReservoir will win a prize! Let kids join in the historic scavenger hunt. All part of a family friendly night at the Reservoir!!
Jovan Alexandre – Saxophone
Jovan Alexandre is an emerging jazz tenor saxophone phenomenon, known for the brightness of his tone and the elegant bearing of his compositions. He may be situated, broadly speaking, within the penumbra of hard-bop and post-bop styles elaborated and taught in Alexandre’s native New England by the iconic Jackie McLean [1931-2006] during his later, seminal years as a Connecticut resident and educator. Alexandre has been a soloist on recordings for drummers Ralph Peterson (Outer Reaches ) and Winard Harper (Coexist, sharing the tenor spotlight with Frank Wess ), and for the South African jazz singer Nonhlanhla Kheswa (Meadowlands, Stolen Jazz ). Alexandre’s first album as a leader, Collective Consciousness, will be released worldwide on February 24, 2015.
Andrea Brachfeld – Flute
Andrea Brachfeld has associated with Alfredo de la Fe, Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Hubert Laws, Dave Valentín, Paquito D’Rivera, Kenwood Dennard, Hilton Ruiz, Steve Turre, Mike Longo, Paul West, Wycliffe Gordon and Wallace Roney, among others. Her latest CD “Lady of the Island”, was released by ZOHO music in the fall of 2012, featuring Wallace Roney, Wycliffe Gordon, and Bill O’Connell.
Kahlil Kwame Bell – Drums
Kahlil Kwame Bell has performed on over 80 recordings. He has toured extensively with Roberta Flack, Erykah Badu, Sepia, Ste fon Harris and two time Grammy Nominated Russell Gunn’s Group Ethnomusicology. He also tours with his band “The Gift”. The recordings that feature Mr. Bell, vary from Jazz to Folk, Rock to Hip Hop, Classical to World Music and Spoken Word to Spiritual. Kahlil plays over 1,000 percussion instruments and even does work on wood and clay flutes. He is a profound composer and arranger with strong concepts. He is known for leading his group with an innovative percussion instrument called the “slappaphone”. It’s unusual sound and shape capture audiences all over the world. When asked about the instrument Kahlil says that “it called him when he first heard it and it has become his voice, offering rhythm and melody to the listener”. Gift Of Forgiveness is Kahlil’s first record released as a leader and surprisingly enough not featuring his drumming as much as his composing. Kahlil says,”on many of the records I have done in the past I have taken solos that deal with my proficiency as a musician; I wanted to show more beauty in the melodies of my compositions rather than riffing on various percussion instruments”.
Charlie Sigler – Guitar
Guitarist Charlie Sigler has been active member of the music community since his high school years studying and performing in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area. A recent graduate of William Paterson University with a B.A. in Jazz Performance, Charlie has performed with many greats of the music including Benny Golson, Harold Mabern, Eric Alexander, Joe Lovano, Winard Harper and Dave Stryker among others. He has performed at clubs and festivals throughout the region including the Litchfield Jazz Festival, Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, AFRAM and the Berks Jazz Festival. Currently residing in Bloomfield, NJ, Charlie maintains a busy schedule of performances, recording and teaching.
Kyle McGinty – Trumpet
Kyle grew up in Buffalo, New York where he studied jazz under Craig Fattey and Carol McGlaughlin. He went on to attend William Paterson and studied with Mulgrew Miller, Bill Mobley, Steve Laspina, Rich Perry, James Weidman, Kevin Norton and Payton MacDonald. While there he was part of numerous groups including the free improvisation collective Genre Non, New Jersey based Apache Diatribe, and spent three years with the Brooklyn based band Less Magnetic. He has had the opportunity to perform with Joe Lovano, Phil Woods, Frank Wess, Maria Schneider, and Scott Robinson. Now located in Rochester, New York, Kyle is leading a group called Tonal Fungus that focuses on original compositions and free improvisation.
Peter Lin – Trombone
Ever since graduating with a BM in Jazz Performance from William Paterson University in 2013, Peter has continued to perform prolifically with other musicians as well as with his own group, The Lintet. As a featured soloist and sideman, Peter has performed with Winard Harper, Josh Evans, Warren Smith, Melissa Walker, and Jack Jeffers. He was also invited as a special guest with the Cecil Big Band, Swingadelics, and the Stan Rubin Orchestra. The Lintet is responsible for organizing the music for today’s event.