Each year in late October or early November, thousands of music lovers from throughout the tri-state and beyond flock to the Hub City to attend this weekend of cool jazz and soul — The Hub City Jazz Festival. Started in 2004, this multi-day, multi-venue jazz music festival, which attracts music lovers from 32 states, is more than just a concert, it's an event! It's a place to people-watch, eat, drink, shop, mingle, relax, make new friends, and of course hear some of the coolest jazz and soul music on the planet!

16 Artists
12 Events
4 Awesome Days
1200 Seats
10 Venues
100% Great Jazz Music

Festival Schedule

Riveting Jazz by The James White Band

The festival kicks off Thursday night with a warm-up event at Delta’s Restaurant on Dennis Street featuring the extraordinary jazz and R&B saxophonist, James White and his band.

Drew Nugent and The Midnight Society at Hub City Brewhouse.

Drew Nugent is a jazz musician and composer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His primary instruments are piano, trumpet, voice, and believe it or not, the tea kettle!

Nugent and the band specialize in playing in the traditional "hot" jazz style of the 1920s. His band, known as the Midnight Society, is regarded as one of the best in the business, and has been together over 10 years. Under Drew's leadership, they bring forth an authentic, yet original approach to an art form over 100 years old.

Nugent's inspiration comes from a who's who list of great performers, composers, and musicians, both obscure and known going back a full century.

Although a lot of this music may seem forgotten in many circles, it is alive and well with Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society

Get the night started at Kasai restaurant, on George Street, featuring the electrifying Valerie Adams and The Dimensions Band.

Sultry, smooth, Latin jazz of VICTOR QUEZADA and his Latin Jazz Band

Enjoy the sultry, smooth, latin jazz of VICTOR QUEZADA IN HIS LATIN JAZZ BAND. Dig into a Culinary Experience That Takes You Around Latin America!


Join us at Delta's restaurant for a SMOOTH-N-SAXY EXPERIENCE that is The Curtis Haywood Band.

Tito Puente Jr. Orchestra and The New Brunswick District Schools Jazz Band

Wells Fargo Foundation, and Hub City Jazz Festival Salute to Latin Heritage Month Community Program Featuring Tito Puente Jr. Orchestra and The New Brunswick District Schools Jazz Band

Special guest Jason "Mallettman" Taylor joins Tito Puente Jr. Orchestra for an super-charged musical explosion!

Omar Edwards & The K360 Club at Kasai

Through a pool of sounds from Jazz, R&B, Reggae and Funk the 360 Club Band takes you on an unforgettable musical journey. The driving percussion of ledgendary Tap Dancer Omar Edward's tap shoes, combined with the seamless sounds of the 360 Club Band.

Paula Atherton at Tavern on George

She has a groove all her own! Join the lovely and talented saxtress/vocalist, Paula Atherton as she performs hits from her top-selling CD's 'Shake It' & 'Ear Candy'.

Enjoy the very cool laid back lounge atmosphere and excellent wide variety of food at Tavern On George. This will no doubt, be one of the highlights of this year's Jazz Festival. So, don't hesitate RSVP today to get a seat.

Danielle Illario

Don't miss this one! From ballads to afro cuban and funk, Danielle Illario captivates the stage at The Frog & The Peach.

Brooke Alford, Artist of The Violin at Hub City Brewhouse

Brooke Alford, The Artist of the Violin creates magic on stage by bringing the violin to life. When Brooke performs, she connects with her audience and takes them on a musical, mystical journey that is UNFORGETTABLE. Through the soulful vibes of R&B, Reggae, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Gospel and more. Brooke's dynamic style, colorful imagery, flawless flow, and creative sound make her who she really is, not a violinist, but The Artist of the Violin!


Transcending Jazz for a new generation. ZOOCRÜ blends all popular American genres into a sound best described as Black American music.

Main Event

Featuring some of the biggest names in contemporary jazz--Brian Culbertson, Pieces Of A Dream, Andy Snitzer, Daniel D. and The Hub City Jazz All Stars featuring Radam Schwartz, Dave Stryker, Bruce Williams, Andrea Brachfield, Cecil Brooks

  • The New Brunswick District Schools Jazz Band - 12:30p - 1p
  • Rising Star Showcase: Introducing Miles Hudgins, 1P-1:30P
  • Daniel D. - 1:50 - 2:40p
  • Andy Snitzer 3:10p - 4P
  • Pieces of a Dream 4:30P-5:30P
  • Brian Culbertson 6P - 7:30P

Festival Tickets

Brian Culbertson, Pieces of a Dream, Andy Snitzer and so many more are gearing up to make the Hub City Jazz Festival an experience to remember. Get your tickets early as the Festival is always a Sell Out.

Ticket purchases are for the main event on Sunday, October 28, 2018 featuring: Brian Culbertson, Pieces of a Dream, Andy Snitzer and Daniel D.. All other festival events are FREE unless otherwise posted.

$ 69.00

  • First Come First Seat
  • Sit Where You Want
  • Relax and Enjoy

$ 89.00

  • Reserved Seating
  • Handicap Seating Available
  • Closer Seating

$ 135.00

  • Best Seats In The House
  • VIP Amenities
  • Meet & Greet

Festival Events

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Frequently Asked Questions

It’s a good idea to arrive 60 minutes before your concert time. Then you’ll have plenty of time to park, peruse the program and prepare yourself for the experience. The doors opens at 12:00 pm. The Box Office at the Music festival opens at 11:00 am . A big part of the Hub City Jazz Festival experience is the social aspect – enjoy the venue, have a drink, check-out the vendors and meet some friends.
Located just inside the Hyatt Regency Atrium, the concessions booth opens at 12:00 pm prior to the concert and remains open through intermission. Offered are assorted baked goods, ice cream, coffee, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and sparkling water. Please note that only water is allowed inside the concert hall.
While you may take photographs, videos of the concert are not allowed to publish, distribute or sell. We do encourage you share photos of your experience LIVE on your favorite social media plattform.
YES, YES, YES. Please use the hashtag #HubCityJazzFestival when posting about the festival.

Venue / Official Accommodation Partner

Two Albany Street , New Brunswick NJ 08901

(732) 873 1234