Dec
20
8:00 PM20:00

Spaghetti Sessions Songwriter Showcase


An evening of great singer-songwriter performances, featuring musicians and their songs - many of them developed through the on-going Spaghetti Sessions workshops.

About Spaghetti Sessions Performing Songwriter Workshop: Since 2011, the Spaghetti Sessions has held their monthly songwriter workshop in downtown Jersey City. Musicians perform to a roomful of their peers who offer insights and feedback on the works-in-progress. Over the years, the Sessions have fostered a growing community of musicians, many of whom have gone on to become established artists throughout the JC area and beyond.

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Jan
4
10:00 PM22:00

Molly Tigre

Molly Tigre mashes African music- especially the entrancing rhythms and melodies from Mali and Ethiopia- together with the adventurous and experimental leanings of some frightfully talented NYC musicians. Featuring the compositions of saxophonist Mitch
Marcus (Donovan, Gene Ween Band, Japonize Elephants) and bassist Ezra Gale (Aphrodesia, Super Hi-Fi), the diverse group also showcases saxophonist/flutist Chris Hiatt (Japonize Elephants), drummer Joe Abba (NYC Jazz Exchange) and percussionist
Kolipe Imbrahima Camara (National Dance Company of Guinea) for a sound that could only come from the melting pot of New York City. The band is equally at home playing for dancing crowds at world music and jam band festivals as well as the jazz club
environment.

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Jan
17
8:00 PM20:00

Spaghetti Sessions Songwriter Showcase


An evening of great singer-songwriter performances, featuring musicians and their songs - many of them developed through the on-going Spaghetti Sessions workshops.

About Spaghetti Sessions Performing Songwriter Workshop: Since 2011, the Spaghetti Sessions has held their monthly songwriter workshop in downtown Jersey City. Musicians perform to a roomful of their peers who offer insights and feedback on the works-in-progress. Over the years, the Sessions have fostered a growing community of musicians, many of whom have gone on to become established artists throughout the JC area and beyond.

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Jan
24
8:00 PM20:00

Vicki Kristina Barcelona

VickiKristinaBarcelona is Rachelle Garniez, Amanda Homi, and Terry Radigan, a power trio dedicated to re-imagining the songs of Tom Waits via gorgeous three-part harmonies and a treasure trove of instruments including banjos, bottles and bells, creating a world of sound at once powerful, playful and poignant.  

Seasoned singers and songwriters, each a hybrid story-teller and multi-instrumentalist in her own right, join forces to salute the tragicomic lyrical genius of the Waits songbook. Picture the Triplets of Belleville disguised as Depression Era hobos riding the rails across America stopping to play dance parties and funerals along the road to nowhere.  

Three distinct styles form a captivating original mix, greater than the sum of its' parts, never failing to amaze and delight audiences of all stripes.  Collectively, they have worked with artists including Jack White,  Jackson Browne,  Jane Siberry, Patty Loveless, Dan Penn, Ray La Montaigne, Thomas Dolby, and Taylor Mac.

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Feb
21
8:00 PM20:00

Spaghetti Sessions Songwriter Showcase


An evening of great singer-songwriter performances, featuring musicians and their songs - many of them developed through the on-going Spaghetti Sessions workshops.

About Spaghetti Sessions Performing Songwriter Workshop: Since 2011, the Spaghetti Sessions has held their monthly songwriter workshop in downtown Jersey City. Musicians perform to a roomful of their peers who offer insights and feedback on the works-in-progress. Over the years, the Sessions have fostered a growing community of musicians, many of whom have gone on to become established artists throughout the JC area and beyond.

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Dec
14
10:00 PM22:00

The Free Reeds

The Free Reeds’ is the musical collaboration of renowned piano accordionist Rob Curto, and acclaimed button box player Corey Purcell. These two seasoned musicians combine the strengths of their free reed instruments to create a truly unique performance experience, and incorporate a variety of influences in their musical repertoire including traditional music of Ireland, France, Sweden, and Canada, in addition to many original pieces.

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Dec
13
8:00 PM20:00

Tiphanie Doucet

Tiphanie Doucet is a French artist based in New York. Her emotionally disarming performances deceive in their simplicity, often times consisting of nothing more than her voice and a guitar, occasionally accompanied by violinist. Yet, they nevertheless arrest audiences through their quiet, brooding intensity, holding a vulnerability that’s offset by a wintry, gallic allure. Doucet recently released her debut album “Under My Sun”, a collection of rustic, yet polished folk numbers produced by David Baron and Simone Felice, who have worked with the likes of Lumineers and Jade Bird. Though Doucet’s influences are prevalent throughout the album, nodding to the likes of Norah Jones, Ingrid Michaelson and Feist, the work is without a doubt a testament to the uniqueness and originality of her voice. The sound is amplified by Felice and Baron's production, which never feels intrusive, but serves as the perfect complement to the singer’s overpowering voice, interjecting only at key moments of emotional revelation

Tiphanie Doucet a une histoire qui ferait un film. Jeune actrice avec Corinne Touzet (oui quand même), bourse US, Danse sur le grand journal, comédie musicale pour finir par se faire repérer dans le métro de New York. Sa vie ressemble à un condensé de la série Un, Dos, très sauf qu’il est par contre fort probable que vous vous souveniez d’elle dans 10 ans. Car Tiphanie a une voix enchanteresse. Elle mélange une guitare sèche folk avec un petit coté soul. C’est une musique à faire tomber les étoiles, en sirotant un petit whisky et en pensant à la vie.

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Dec
8
10:00 PM22:00

Scott Wolfson & Other Heroes

Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes have been lighting up stages with their high-energy brand of multifaceted Americana music since 2011.  Seamlessly welding folk, blues, country, Broadway, and rock n’roll into a smart, rootsy, compelling sound, Scott and the band join it with a razor-sharp wit to seek out the humanity in moments of love, rage, and despair.

Through six years and two albums (2014’s Life on Fire and 2016’s Welcoming the Flood), they have earned rave reviews, airplay, and fans on festival stages and in listening rooms throughout the Northeast. They are 2016 Nerfa Formal Showcase artists and have appeared as Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s “Most Wanted”artists.

With their infectious love of music, lyrical imagery, and Scott’s unconquerable voice soaring above the rich counterpoint laid down by Kirk, Matt, Mike, Chris, and Skyler, Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes set toes tapping and imaginations humming everywhere they go. They are recording new songs for a 2019 release.

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Dec
7
10:00 PM22:00

RJO Jazz New Release Series: Alex Clough

Alex Clough is a pianist, educator and composer born and bred in Brooklyn,NY. Exposed early on to great music, Alex took an interest in the piano and drums as a child, eventually taking lessons and participating as a high schooler in the All City Concert Band and NJPAC's prestigious Jazz for Teens Program. After graduating with a B.A. from Tufts University in Economics and International Relations and an M.M. from SUNY Purchase in Jazz Studies, Alex embarked on a still-unfolding journey to find his place in New York City's world famous jazz scene.

Over the years, Alex has pursued numerous musical interests. As both sideman and bandleader he has played at a wide array of iconic and historic venues, including Birdland, Smalls Jazz Club, Lincoln Center, the United Nations, le Poisson Rouge, SOBs, the Rainbow Room, Cornelia Street Cafe, Rockwood Musical Hall and Joe's Pub. He has served as musical director for Nightingale Jazz Band, Brooklyn church Recovery House of Worship and jazz and opera vocalist marie-claire giraud.

Other pursuits include steady vocal accompaniment work for the Metropolitan Opera Guild and dance accompaniment at Mark Morris Dance Group, NYU, Mason Gross School of the Arts and Montclair State University. Alex also serves on the piano faculty of the Mason Gross Extension Division and works extensively as a private piano instructor in the New York City area.

In recent years, Alex has dedicated more time to writing and arranging for his own projects. His debut album “near, far, beyond” was released October 5th of 2018. It includes all original compositions, each a reflection of Alex's world travels and musical experiences. The album features David Smith on trumpet, Steve Kortyka on tenor saxophone, Jay Sawyer on drums and John Tate on bass. Alex is also member of a Just Play!, an interactive trio featuring Steve Whipple on bass and Peter Traunmueller on drums that brings a collaborative approach and energy to playing jazz standards and other material.

Alex currently resides in Jersey City, New Jersey with his wife and two cats.

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Nov
30
10:00 PM22:00

Sylvana Joyce

"Sylvana Joyce is an absolute force of nature. She needs to be seen to be believed...She is a general. She is an emperor. She has been sent from some other dimension to show us the way." - Jimmy Lloyd, NBC

"We were being blown back by the force of her voice and stage presence while at the same time being drawn toward and into the magic of her unique stage personality. People were going crazy by the time she finished." - Concert Review by Laureate Poet Michael Lally

"Equal parts dynamo and siren swirling beneath a petite Eastern European exterior, lead singer and keyboardist Sylvana is basically a human carnival." -Huffington Post

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Nov
24
10:00 PM22:00

Heather Hardy & Christine Santelli

Grammy Nominated songwriter and NY Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Christine Santelli (guitar, vocals) teams up with Blues Hall of Fame, powerhouse Heather Lil’ Mama Hardy (fiddle,vocals) for special project.

After a successful tour down south and out west, Santelli and Hardy bring this project to their home turf where they first met in 1996. Heather now resides and in Tucson Arizona where she has a successful career with her own Band Lil’ Mama.

Heather Hardy: "Heather Hardy's violin slices through like a diving falcon. Her solos marry lightning virtuosity with melodic sophistication and unhindered soul."

Christine Santelli: "…Christine Santelli’s solo acoustic stunner Dragonfly is a complex, coming of age work…the matured singer-songwriter whose voice and acoustic guitar give wings to her poetry.”..Dave McGee veteran former Rolling Stone writer emeritus and distinguished author, "

These veterans exhibit true respect for each others art and talent, its obvious in their shows, together they are not to be denied.

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Nov
15
8:00 PM20:00

Spaghetti Sessions Songwriter Showcase


An evening of great singer-songwriter performances, featuring musicians and their songs - many of them developed through the on-going Spaghetti Sessions workshops.

 

About Spaghetti Sessions Performing Songwriter Workshop: Since 2011, the Spaghetti Sessions has held their monthly songwriter workshop in downtown Jersey City. Musicians perform to a roomful of their peers who offer insights and feedback on the works-in-progress. Over the years, the Sessions have fostered a growing community of musicians, many of whom have gone on to become established artists throughout the JC area and beyond.

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Nov
9
10:00 PM22:00

TJ Washburn

In this world of seemingly constant flash and bang...Florida singer-songwriter TJ Washburn is just trying to tell the truth."
A professional actor since adolescence, TJ Washburn followed the tracks of his peers out his childhood home in rural North Florida and into the crucible of New York City. It was in there that he slept on couches, played music for wealthy children, moved to Union City, lingered in diner booths, studied and performed improvised comedy, read books, began to write with a new sense of purpose and clarity, got married, and ultimately drove back down the east coast of America to live for a time in Orlando. He now returns to his former home to play his songs and tell his stories for the first time in more than a year.

Links: http://facebook.com/thetjwashburn
Instagram: @t thetjwashburn

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Nov
3
10:00 PM22:00

Visen

Visen is a collaboration between Danish-American singer-songwriter Ari Jaye Alexander and jazz guitarist Cecil Alexander. They started performing and writing together while attending Berklee College of Music; eventually, Visen came into existence as Cecil would pair his intricate solo guitar pieces with Ari's confessional melodies. They have since released a record "Shoulder Deep (2017)," produced by Isaac Wang, and toured in the United States and Europe. They are currently recording their Sophomore record, and they now based right outside of New York City where they regularly play. Visen means lullaby in Danish.

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Nov
2
10:00 PM22:00

Anthony Tamburro

"Reminiscent of Springsteen and Dylan, Anthony Tamburro is an american story teller. His lyrics are filled with imagery of a time and place, breathing familiarity, allowing the listener to nestle into his songs. His rich, sometimes gritty vocals add that perfect “working class” spirit to his songs. ...songs with just the right amount of grease."

Christine Santelli 

NYC Blues Hall of Fame, 2016 Grammy Nominated Songwriter

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Nov
1
8:00 PM20:00

RJO Jazz New Release Series: Abelita Mateus - Mixed Feelings

Abelita Mateus- Mixed Feelings Album release celebration: Duo with Peter Slavov.

“Brazilian singer-songwriter and pianist Abelita Mateus is part of the front-facing evolution of Brazilian music as it projects into the twenty-first century.” (C. Michael Bailey) Living in the NYC area since 2012, Mateus has taken a remarkable path. She released her debut album Vivenda in 2017 (co-produced by and featuring guitarist Romero Lubambo), which reached the 24th position on the Jazz Week Charts.

Mateus is currently the pianist for the Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience, directed by Dizzy Gillespie alumni John Lee. She has performed with such notables as Paquito D’Rivera, John Lee, The Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, Antonio Hart, Eric Alexander, Larry Coryell, Claudio Roditi, Raul de Souza, Hermeto Pascoal, Dave Stryker, Romero Lubambo, and Portinho. Mateus plays at international venues such as the Blue Note New York, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Yoshi’s Jazz Club in San Francisco, Ronnie Scott’s in London, and Bird’s Basement in Melbourne, Australia. In December 2017, Mateus was invited to perform alongside Helen Sung, Marcia Ball and Joanne Brackeen for NPR’S A Jazz Piano Christmas at the Kennedy Center.

"Abelita Mateus has so many of the qualities that are important for any successful musician. Her piano artistry is remarkable, and she is a talented composer and vocalist. Abelita's intelligence and heart are also expressed through her music. She is part of the next generation of great Brazilian musicians. With all this talent, Abelita is someone to really keep your eyes on!"
Romero Lubambo

"Abelita Mateus has, in abundance, those indispensables of the musicians’ craft:
sensitivity, creativity, and a prodigious technique. Most of all, she sparkles with refreshment - and for a jazz musician to sound refreshing in 2017 is no ordinary thing!"
John Lee

www.abelita.com.br

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Oct
26
10:00 PM22:00

Paris Monster

Beat-driven. Employing heavy elements of funk and soul, paris_monster closes the gaps between synth-pop & garage; between modern detail and old-school grit. Solid earth. Soaring soundscapes. A mass of noise. Volatility. Vocal singularity.
The Deli NYC calls paris_monster “a precise, complex and sophisticated mechanism" with "a monstrous instrumental technique”, delivering a sound that “could be the new face of American roots rock”. 
In fall of 2017 paris_monster began recording their first full-length LP, set to be released in 2018. The album will solidify their dirty, glitchy, lyric-centered, groove-based sound, and will be a milepost in their search for a focused and flexible musical approach. The elements of funk and soul join with lyrical themes of bygone eras in rural settings, characters lost, and mortality confronted. Love achieved, and denied. Americana. Themes in stark contrast to the pounding grooves and electronic mayhem, creating depths and dimensions that could have been otherwise achieved only by dropping a modular synth in the corn fields of central New York or the woods of Connecticut. And maybe that’s exactly what happened. 
Lesley Keller of Pancakes & Whiskey said, "Each time I see them perform I’m dumbfounded at just how great they are”. paris_monster’s live show is something to behold. The challenge when seeing them live is getting past the fact that there are only two people creating all that sound. Two people. A drum set. A bass. A keyboard. A eurorack modular synth. One microphone. And all that sound. Beyond this visual impossibility is a careful and deliberate balance of sounds, colors, and textures. Melodies to serve a story. Chaos to destroy preciousness. The Deli NYC observed, “infallible superior forces: as we all know now, 'with great power comes great responsibilities,' and the duo never abuses of it - that's what good musicianship is." 

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Oct
25
8:00 PM20:00

Fond Farewells

Fond Farewells are the singer-songwriters Chris Mills ("one of music's hidden gems" - Cleveland Plain Dealer) and Megan Reilly (called "immediately captivating" by interview magazine), Mekons and Graham Parker drummer Steve Goulding, and noted sound engineer and bassist Scott Anthony.

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Oct
20
10:00 PM22:00

The Young Novelists

The Young Novelists are a Toronto-based band fronted by husband and wife Graydon James and Laura Spink. Since the band’s inception they have played stages across the U.S. and Canada and released three full-length albums, the most recent in May 2018 ’in city & country’. Their last record ‘made us strangers’ landed them a Canadian Folk Music Award for New/Emerging Artist, a Vocal Group of the Year nomination, and reached top 20 on !earshot’s and Stingray Music’s (formerly Galaxie) folk charts. The same year, the band won the Grassy Hill Connecticut Folk Songwriting competition and James received the Ontario Art Council’s prestigious Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award. 
Since 2016 Spink quit her job as a scientist, they packed their things (and their five year old son Simon), and went on a massive North American tour. After over 100 shows, including a 10-week stint on the road, the pair returned to Toronto to start working on 'in city & country', drawing inspiration from their travels. 
With a sound that has been compared to everyone from The Band to ‘pre-weirdness’ Wilco, the band’s personal mission is to 'create sad songs for happy people' — whether that means a nostalgic ballad or an upbeat anthem, The Young Novelists’ ability to tell familiar stories with a modern folk edge make them, and their songs, instant classics.

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Oct
18
8:00 PM20:00

Spaghetti Sessions Songwriter Showcase


An evening of great singer-songwriter performances, featuring musicians and their songs - many of them developed through the on-going Spaghetti Sessions workshops.

 

About Spaghetti Sessions Performing Songwriter Workshop: Since 2011, the Spaghetti Sessions has held their monthly songwriter workshop in downtown Jersey City. Musicians perform to a roomful of their peers who offer insights and feedback on the works-in-progress. Over the years, the Sessions have fostered a growing community of musicians, many of whom have gone on to become established artists throughout the JC area and beyond.

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Oct
11
8:00 PM20:00

Jeiris Cook

Jeiris Cook, if asked will tell you his singing influences and style are reminiscent of the Motown era. A life long soul stirring vocalist, his aim is to marry old and new while delivering audiences a performance that is truly unique and rare. His vocals exquisitely compliment the acoustic vibrations that emanate from his guitar. He is modern Motown with lingering traces of folk and bluegrass rolled into one musical and rustic serenade.

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