Hub City Jazz Festival, Inc. began in 2004 with modest goals. It was the brainchild of Allen McGriff, a local New Brunswick, NJ entrepreneur and Mason. Originally called the New Brunswick Jazz Festival, it was a fundraiser for the Progressive Temple Lodge. The festival was a two day weekend event featuring local artists including talented high school musicians. After 5 years, the festival outgrew its original venue and its mission’s expanded. The festival moved to downtown New Brunswick increasing its audience and diversifying the range of performers.

Now, after over ten years in existence the festival has grown into a 4 day destination event attracting jazz enthusiasts throughout the Northeast. During the first three days local and up-in-coming artists are still showcased at restaurant venues throughout downtown New Brunswick. The 4th day hosts the main event with a full day of entertainment provided by internationally-known jazz recording artists such as Alex Bugnon, Nelson Rangell, Gerald Albright, Roy Ayers, Hiroshima Euge Groove, Richard Elliott and Johnathan Butler.

As of 2016 the festival is operating as Hub City Jazz Festival, Inc., a 501(c) 3 company. The festival has always maintained a charitable component donating monies to notable organizations such as Pop Warner and the Ronald McDonald. However as a not-for-profit organization our charitable outreach is expanding with emphasis on promoting music education/exposure for the young. The festival is proud to promote jazz as an art form and to acknowledge its cultural relevance in the field of music as well as provide financial support to charitable and cultural initiatives. Our motto is “Connecting great music which is food for the soul, with a gift from the heart”.


13th Annual Hub City Jazz Festival
November 2 - 5, 2017

All-Star Line-up

Katherine "Kool Kat" Farnham

Radam Schwartz

The Amazin Grace Little Band

Victor Quezada

Zoay' Jazz

Valarie Adams & the Dimension Band

Past Jazz Festivals

Performers

Incognito Featuring Maysa

Maysa Leak

Walter Beasley

Tom Browne

The JT Project

Brooke Alford, Artist of the Violin

Bryan Lubeck

James White Band

Ty Stephens

Valarie Adams & the Dimension Band

Electrifying performances by Jonathan Butler, Richard Elliot, Lao Tizer, Karen Briggs, and Sherry Winston had the sold out audiences dancing in the aisles. Local restaurants were filled to capacity to see amazing talent from around the US perform for FREE including Paula Atherton, and Bryan Lubeck.

Performers

Jonathan Butler

Karen Briggs

Richard Elliott

Sherry Winston

Tizer Quartet

The New Brunswick Jazz Festival expands to 4 days of GREAT live jazz music in more downtown restaurants including the hottest dance party ever that featured Valerie Adams and The Dimensions Band! Amazing performances this year from Gerald Albright, Hiroshima, Cindy Bradley, and Paula Atherton.

Performers

Cindy Bradley

Gerald Albright

Hiroshima

Paula Atherton

Performances by Phil Perry, Bob Baldwin, Robert Glasper, and Euge Groove, helped put the New Brunswick jazz festival on par with one of the best jazz festivals in the world! SOLD OUT at all the participating venues over the course of the 3 days!

Performers

Brooke Alford, Artist of the Violin

Bob Baldwin

Euge Groove

Phil Perry

Robert Glasper

The artist Roy Ayers, Nelson Rangel, and Alex Bugnon wowed audiences with their great performances. The FREE restaurant events were packed night after night!

Performers

Kim Waters

Nelson Rangell

Roy Ayers

The New Brunswick Jazz Festival moves to Hyatt Hotel New Brunswick and gets off to a great start with Bob Baldwin, Kim Waters, The JT Project and John Bianculli Trio featuring Jackie Jones. Festival expands platform to sound stages at local restaurants. Hundreds in attendance over the 3 days!

Performers

The JT Project

Alex Bugnon

Bob Baldwin

Kim Waters

Nelson Rangell

The New Brunswick Jazz Festival moves to The Heldrich Hotel. The downtown location helped attract the largest audience in festival history and it’s first major sponsor—PNC Bank. The 2 day of live music attracted over 500 attendees from the tristate area. Great performances from the best in traditional, Latin, and contemporary jazz including Cynthia Holiday, Gordon James, and the Ray Rodriquez orchestra.

Performers

Jonathan Butler

The Jazz Festival, in its current format takes the year off to search for a new new home. The current space could not meet the audience demand! The festival owner, Allen McGriff continues to stage entertainment showcases at “The Temple” featuring the best in local jazz and R&B artist during this period of transition.

Performers

Jonathan Butler

The New Brunswick Jazz Festival ends a 5 year run at “The Temple” on a high with amazing performances by Radam Schwartz & Conspiracy for Positivity, Madame Pat Tandy, and Carrie Jackson.

Performers

Jonathan Butler

Madame Pat Tandy

Radam Schwartz

This grassroots event continues to draw crowds from around New Jersey. It’s standing room only to see fan favorites Cynthia Holiday, Carrie Jackson, and The Ray Rodriguez Orchestra to name a few.

Performers

Ray Rodriguez Orchestra

SOLD OUT! Clearly, this grassroots live music event struck a chord with jazz enthusiasts. Local favorites including the Ray Rodriguez Orchestra, Madame Pat Tandy and Gordon James left the crowds wanting more!

Performers

Gordon James

Madame Pat Tandy

Ray Rodriguez Orchestra

The New Brunswick Jazz Festival was created to attract jazz enthusiasts to New Brunswick for 2 days/12 hours of exciting live jazz music. The jazz festival filled an entertainment void in the New Brunswick social scene and it was well received by patrons and the local press. The attendance exceeded expectations in the urban heart of New Brunswick—The Progressive Temple Lodge. Local greats including Radam Schwartz and Conspiracy for Positivity, Gordon James, Madam Pat Tandy, performed to this standing room only audience.

Performers

Gordon James

Madame Pat Tandy

Radam Schwartz

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