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Live at Brennan’s with Houston Person

May 30 @ 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM


The William J Brennan Courthouse In Jersey City Will Feature A Special Event Presented By Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise And The Office Of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development. Sponsored By Honeywell.

A special event in collaboration with the Jersey City Jazz Festival.

The Courthouse Rotunda is a truly stunning and unique venue to enjoy a night of music on Thursday, May 30th beginning at 7PM.

Light fare & refreshments included in ticket price.


Tenor saxophone master Houston Person is widely considered the “soul jazz” standard-bearer. Person’s prolificacy is astounding; on top of being a celebrated and active sideman, he has released more than 75 albums as a leader over the past five decades. Of his 2017 album, Rain or ShineJazzTimes wrote that “It is the sensual, slightly sweaty, blues-based groove they used to call soul-jazz. It was central to the jazz art form (and to its commercial viability in the 1960s)…When you hear an authentic voice of the genre like Person you remember how easy it is to like this music.”

As eclectic as he is talented, Person has recorded everything from disco and gospel to pop and r&b, in addition to his trademark, soulful hard bop. After years as producer and house tenor for HighNote Records and touring with the late Etta Jones, Person is now known as a master of popular songs played in a relaxed, highly accessible style reminiscent of the great Ben Webster.

Guitarist Matt Chertkoff has played in 9 countries and appeared at numerous jazz festivals and on several international TV shows. The melding of Houston Person’s Big soulfull tenor sound with Matt Chertkoff’s swinging bluesy trio is something that really must be experienced in person.

Houston Person will take the stage at 8PM.

When Anthony D’Elia, (who works in the Brennan Courthouse) learned of an opportunity to end a day of work with a night of song, and also contribute to the Hudson County cultural arts, he jumped at the chance and immediately contacted musical collaborators who also happen to be friends and family. D’Elia is a Jersey City native who grew up listening to and singing (without any training) all types of music, including American standards. D’Elia recruited Joseph DePasquale, M.D., a practicing gastroenterologist, fellow music lover and hobbyist drummer and Steven Teti, an accomplished classical and jazz pianist to see if they were willing to collaborate on the project. Steve then obtained the services of one of his friends and musical collaborators, Ms. Brandi Disterheft, resulting in the birth of “D’Elia, et al.”.

Ms. Disterheft is a world-renowned jazz bassist, who began her apprenticeship under Miles Davis bassist, Ron Carter. Her innovative live shows and albums, combined with her fiery bass playing, showcases her up-tempo, swinging originals and jazz vocals. Winning a JUNO (Canadian Grammy) for her “Debut” album, Brandi has been the bassist for the legendary Hank Jones and has captivated international audiences at jazz festivals in Japan, Canada, Europe and many other venues, including Carnegie Hall. She recently released her fourth album, “Blue Canvas”, featuring jazz masters Harold Mabern and drummer Joe Farnsworth.

Mr. Teti studied at the Manhattan School of Music. He is a member of La Parisienne, a jazz trio which performs both in the United States and abroad and regularly performs with the Stardust Big Band (a seventeen piece orchestra). A Hudson County resident, Steve is a frequent contributor to cultural arts programming. New Jersey natives may also know Steve as the leader of the Highlawn Pavillion’s well-known Jazz Trio and more recently as the resident pianist at The Manor in West Orange.

And as for D’Elia and DePasquale? Well let’s just say that they are working on their chops and hope to keep up with these two exceptional players to bring you an enjoyable evening of American standards-with a “touch-of-jazz” to spice it all up!

D’Elia et al. will open the stage at 7PM


Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and saved from destruction by concerned citizens, the William J. Brennan Courthouse housed the county courts and offices until 1966, when it was abandoned and left to crumble. After a complete restoration the building was reopened in 1985 and now houses the county’s civil courts. Today, the courthouse has regained its former glory and often showcases local arts and music in its beautiful rotunda.

Doors 6:30PM

FREE PARKING is available directly next to the Courthouse after 6PM. Parking available on first come first serve basis until full. The Journal Square PATH station is a short walk away.

Tickets $20 advance/$25 at the door

Call Matt Caranante at 201-459-2070 xt. 6419 or email mcaranante@hcnj.us for more information.


William J. Brennan Courthouse
583 Newark Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07306 United States
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