Recurring Events


JSJBF produces one of the premiere FREE Jazz and Blues events in the Northeast in early June, the Red Bank Jazz and Blues Festival, which draws about 100,000 attendee: it’s the largest free J&B concert in the north-east produced by a non-profit organization..

JSJBF produces and manages a wide range of additional events throughout the year which are annually recurring and/or series events. Our Major charitable fundraiser is Harpin’ Help, which successfully raised funds for a number of different charitable organizations over the years. Other events through the year raise funding for our educational and scholarship programs.

Volunteers are always needed for all events. If you wish to learn more about helping at one of our events, please email the Volunteer Committee.

The listings below show our ongoing events and series. Click on the link in the title for this year (or this week’s) time and dates, and for more information about the events.

Major Festival ~ Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Festival

Jersey Shore
Jazz & Blues Festival


Formerly the “Red Bank Jazz and Blues Festival”; last year at

Monmouth Racetrack.. and this year;

There is Music Everywhere!


Three festival days
Three summer-long series.


BD Lenz Band

JSJBF produces one of the premiere Jazz and Blues events in the Northeast in early June, the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Festival: it’s the largest J&B concert in the north-east produced by a non-profit organization.

Here’re some photos of the 2006 Festival.

Festival ~ Long Branch Jazz & Blues Festival

Long Branch
Jazz & Blues Festival


On the Great Lawn
Cooper Street
Long Branch, New Jersey

(just south of Rooney’s)


Late Summer


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Long Branch

The close of the the Long Branch Jazz and Blues Series in West End Park. This music series and finale is supported by the city of Long Branch, especially the Long Branch Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) and Barry Stein. Spend a beautiful day listening to Jazz and Blues at the shore in dramatically redeveloped Long Branch!

Enjoy the great “end of summer” party! We’d like to thank The City of Long Branch, the UEZ and Barry Stein for helping to make this possible again.

Charity Fundraiser ~ Harpin’ Help

Harpin` Help

Bar Anticipation (Bar “A”)
703-5 16th Ave,
Lake Como, NJ



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Artwork by John Froehlich

Harpin' Help

Harpin’ Help is an annual charity event that generates food and money for those in need. We endeavor to bring you a memorable show, featuring some of the greatest musicians in the world showcasing the power and versatility of a small and highly under-rated instrument, the harmonica. Organized by our own Sandy Mack.

All food/non-perishable items donated go to Red Bank Lunch Break. Monetary proceeds benefit JSJBF education and scholarship programs. Last year we donated over 800 pounds of food to Lunch Break thanks to this event.

Monthly Series ~ Reckless Steamy Friday Nights

Reckless Nights


The Woman’s Club of Red Bank
164 Broad Street,
Red Bank, New Jersey


Last Friday of Each Month
8:00pm – 11:00pm

$10 Suggested Donation



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Harpin' Help

The Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation and The Woman’s Club of Red Bank open the estate for evenings of entertainment and camaraderie. Visitors can relax on the porch or wander through the beautiful rooms of the estate while they enjoy great jazz and blues music. BYOB, with light snacks provided. Bring your friends and a bottle of wine and enjoy the warmth and the music inside.

The proceeds of this event help fund our education and scholarship programs.

Monthly Event ~ JSJBF Membership Meeting

Membership Meetings


Meetings are scheduled for the third Tuesday of the month.

8:00pm – 11:00pm

Free! (pass the hat).



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Location Varies, see the Homepage for Details



The BEST way to Network with other Members, Record Producers, Club Owners. Come join us for great music and discussions – special presentations at many meetings on topics of interest to Performing Members!

Weekly Summer Series ~ Blues by the Beach

Blues by the Beach


West End Park
Corner of Brighton & Ocean Avenues Long Branch, NJ

(Near the Windmill)


Every Sunday in the Summer
Starting 7:00 PM
A FREE Comcast Series



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Long Branch

In the historic West End Park in Long Branch (near the famous “Windmill” Restaurant, JSJBF and the City of Long Branch present a summer series of electric Blues. Bring a Lawn Chair & enjoy the Summer Ocean Breezes!

Weekly Summer Series ~ Keyport’s Jazz & Blues on Front Street

J&B on Front Street

Keyport Mini Park
West Front Street & Main
Keyport, NJ

Every Thursday Summer Night
7:00 – 9:00 PM ~ FREE



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Keyport Home Page

In the historic and newly renovated Keyport, JSJBF and the City of Keyport and the Keyport Business Alliance present a summer series of eclectic Blues and Jazz. There is a FARMER’S MARKET at this series!

Competition ~ International Blues Challenge

International Blues Challenge

Paul’s Tavern
1705 Main Street,

Lake Como, New Jersey




The JSJBF IBC competition, both for bands and original CD, usually takes place in October.

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The International Blues Challenge (IBC) will be entering its 23nd year in 2007. This is the largest gathering of blues bands in the world, with the event located in Memphis, TN. As the IBC enters its 23nd edition, it has evolved into the nation’s biggest and most respected showcase for Blues musicians ready to take their act to the national stage.

The IBC is a judged “Battle of the Bands” in which competitors take the stage and play a short set for a panel of judges. The acts are judged based on an established set of criteria. The IBC represents an international search by The Blues Foundation and its Affiliated Organizations (mostly blues societies) for the Blues Band and Solo/Duo Blues Act ready to perform on a national stage, but just need that extra break. Each Affiliate of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and solo/duo act to represent the organization at the IBC Semi-Finals on Beale Street in Memphis, TN.

And There’s MORE

This is just a listing of our recurrent events.

Elsewhere on the site you can find out about:

The JSJBF Educational Program

The JSJBF Community Outreach Program

Special Events Produced by our Member Bands

and of course…  THE JAMS! 

ADVERTISEMENT and SPONSORSHIPS — If you would like to Advertise in our upgraded Jazz and Blues Quarterly, get BANNER ads on our site, or SPONSOR any of the many upcoming events, please let us know QUICKLY! Deadlines are approaching for publication and press for many of the upcoming events.

CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENTS – Check out the new Classified section. Send your requests to be added to We will put up an automated add/delete function if there is enough interest in the section.

BANDS: Send all Press Kits, including CDs to the P.O. Box below for consideration in upcoming JSJBF events.
More detail on JSJBF Band Membership is HERE.

© 2007 Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation (JSJBF)

US Mail: PO Box 8713, Red Bank, New Jersey 07701
Phone: 732-933-1984