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New Brunswick: Hub City Jazz Festival Underway

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Artist of the Violin Brooke Alford Credits: Hub City Jazz Festival photo
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Incognito Band Credits: Hub City Jazz Festival photo
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Walter Beasley Credits: Hub City Jazz Festival photo
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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – If it seems like you are hearing Jazz music everywhere you go in the city this weekend, you are not going crazy, just taking in the sounds of the annual Hub City Jazz Festival that started Thursday.

The four-day event features 10 different artists performing at 12 different events at 10 different venues in the city through Sunday, according to festival organizers.

Featuring some of the biggest names in contemporary jazz--Incognito featuring Maysa, Walter Beasley, Tom Browne, and The Hub City Jazz All Stars featuring Radam Schwartz, Dave Stryker, Bruce Williams, Andrea Brachfield and Cecil Brooks along with several other groups, the music is scheduled to take hold throughout the downtown area, according to organizers.

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A complete schedule of acts and locations can be found at www.hubjazz.com.

Among the artists scheduled to perform is Brooke Alford, an “artist of the violin,” who brings a fresh perspective on playing the normally classical instrument in a new way.

Alford has lived in Princeton and has several ties to the area, such as working with music promoter Tyrone Taylor of South Brunswick.

With more than nine years of professional experience in the music business and her artistry, Brooke has had several outstanding opportunities including opening for national and international recording artists and entertainers such as Mint Condition, Najee (Nah-G), Will Downing, Paul Taylor, Marion Meadows, Eric Darius, and Comedians Paul Mooney and Dick Gregory, just to name a few, according to the artist’s online biography.

Artists such as James Ingram, The Marshall Tucker Band, Frank McComb, and Kenneth Edmonds (better known as “Babyface”) and Alex Bugnon (Boon-yun) include those she has shared the stage with collaboratively, her biography said.

 Platinum Record Producer Polow da Don who has produced for Usher, Chris Brown, and 50 Cent and Platinum Hip-Hop Artist, B.o.B were beyond impressed with Brooke’s performance and string arranging skills in the studio.

She is scheduled to perform Friday night from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Hub City Brewhouse located at 335 George Street.

The festival wraps up with the “Main Event” at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick on Albany Street, 1 p.m. on Sunday.

In addition to several acts, the New Brunswick High School Jazz Ensemble will open the festivities, according to organizers.

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