Part of the 2017 Riverview Jazz Festival: www.riverviewjazz.org
Leni Stern has fearlessly led bands with guitar in hand for over 25 years. She has won numerous guitar, songwriting and composition awards, and just recently she was named one of the 50 most sensational female jazz guitarists of all time by Guitar Player Magazine. Her trio features Senegalese master musicians Mamadou Ba (bass) and Alioune Faye (percussion/vocals) performing originals featuring Leni's unique style which seamlessly melds American Jazz, Blues and Rock with West African tonalities and rhythms. www.lenistern.com
Part of the 2017 Riverview Jazz Festival:
The Skullers play their blues-soaked brand of modern rock and roll with a down-to-the-bone rockabilly soul. Frontman Jack Skuller’s songwriting and musicianship was recognized by the Songwriters Hall of Fame who awarded him the 2014 Holly Prize in tribute to the legacy of Buddy Holly. Jack’s 7” single debut at age 14 on indie label Bar/None Records set the stage for an authentic rock and roll teen life. Radio Disney took notice and sponsored a 15 city tour. Press paid attention as well with stories in the New York Post, Time Out New York, The Deli NYC, Teen Vogue and American Songwriter.
An evening of great singer-songwriter performances, featuring musicians and their songs - many of them developed through the on-going Spaghetti Sessions workshops.
Gerry Rosenthal (Featured Artist)
Andrew Altman may be best known as the bassist for Americana outfit Railroad Earth but in his time off from the group he has slowly been amassing a catalog of songs that has found its way onto his own recordings and also onto the stage with RRE. His travels in music have landed him in 49 states, the Caribbean, Europe, Japan and back home where he currently resides just outside New York City far from his childhood home in the South. Sure these adventures are necessary for any artist worth their salt but listen closely and you may hear that weathered experience isn't just about tragedy and tribulation but redemption and ease. His new single "The Middle" released in April of 2017 is just that kind of tale where peace is found not as an end but a means."
Demolition String Band’s members are across-the-board connoisseurs; master instrumentalists, lyricists and entertainers while Skye is a vocal treasure.”
Ted Chubb is an American trumpeter that delivers a fresh approach to modern jazz, drawing the listener in with striking originals and reimagined classics, while keeping the audience swinging and partying along. Ted tells a musical story reminiscent of the sophistication of Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Frank Sinatra, and Ahmad Jamal, mixed with the funky swagger of Lee Morgan, interpreted through the lens of a new era, and a wide palate of diverse musical influences.
Sleeping Bee combines the talents of multi-instrumentalist Andy Goessling of Railroad Earth, bassist Lindsey Horner of Jazz and multi-genre renown, guitarist and singer, Timothy Hill and percussionist, Randy Crafton. While labels fall short, their music has been referred to as “Transcendent Acoustic” and exists in that unique early 21st century area where Folk, Jazz, Celtic song forms, melodic improvisation, and original ideas all happily co-exist and vitalize each other. The sound of Sleeping Bee is both strikingly original and hauntingly familiar.
From their haunt high atop the Palisades in Jersey City, Hudson City Rats serve up a healthy dose of primitive, infectious rock 'n’ roll. From rhythm and blues to 70’s glam; if it’s got a good groove, the Rats are sure to put their own spin on it with their raw, stripped down style.
With the infamous Patrick Lally at the helm, Fred Jenkins and Jeff Feinberg provide a big beat behind Robert Boudreau's blues-tinged guitar. Their live show is a house rockin' party, so come on out and get ready to move!