See live Raptors and get your divination reading this Saturday 10/24/15!

This Saturday 10/24, the JC Reservoir will be host to two events.

Raptor Showing/Demonstration
Raptors! Not the Jurassic kind but the (still amazing) birds of prey kind. This is a Jersey City Department of Recreation event to be held at the Jefferson Avenue entrance of the Reservoir. The event will have two sessions starting at 12PM and 1PM, each lasting one hour (overall 12-2PM) but please stop by for as long as you like. Come out to see these magnificent birds in person! Learn how these birds are trained and other fun facts from a seasoned falconer.

The Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies
This event has been rescheduled for this Saturday after the event was canceled due to weather conditions earlier this month. The event runs Saturday 10/24 from 10AM to 5PM with Sunday 10/25 being the rain date. For this event please enter via the Red Gate entrance on Pershing Plaza. The trail on your left towards the water will lead you straight to the tent. Come experience your own free climate change reading by James Leonard!

“Brooklyn artist and 2015 Boston Center for the Arts Resident Artist, James Leonard, invites visitors to experience the ancient tradition of divination while simultaneously facing their own hopes and fears for the future of a changing planet. Come join him inside the Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies for a free climate change reading. One day only.”

James Leonard - Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments closed

Artist Studio Tour Events this October

The Jersey City Reservoir is proud to partner with two artists the first weekend of October for the Jersey City Art and Studio Tour.

Urban Oasis: Photography in the Jersey City Reservoir
by Erin A. DeLaney
Come check out stunning photos of the Reservoir shot by Erin DeLaney over the past ten years! Hosted in Assemblyman Raj Mukherji’s office at 433 Palisade Avenue the show will have a small opening party from 7-9pm on Friday, October 2nd. The show will also be open as part of the JC Artist Studio Tour weekend (October 3rd and 4th) from 12-5pm and will stay up for the remainder of the month during weekdays from 12-5pm.

The Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies
by James Leonard
Experience climate change divination readings by James Leonard as part of the JC Artist Studio Tour Saturday October 3rd (rain date Sunday October 4th)! Each reading is a private performance lasting 5-10 minutes, actively engaging the querent and honoring our cultural relationship with plants and animals. Stories collected through these readings adorn the tent in the form of paintings, growing and becoming part of the experience.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments closed

Wild Jazz Adventure at the Reservoir!

Wild Jazz Adventure this Friday!


Graphics by Susan Newman Design Inc.
The Jersey City Reservoir Preservation Alliance presents it’s second “Wild Jazz Adventure” as part of the popular City-wide JC Fridays.

Enjoy the Reservoir’s natural beauty while listening to renowned Jazz musicians: Charlie Sigler (guitar), Kahlil Kwame Bell (percussion), Peter Lin (trombone), Jovan Alexandre (tenor/soprano saxophone), Justin Wert (guitar), John Nunez (guitar).

6:00-6:45pm – Individual group performances
7:15-8:00pm – Giant jam at the reservoir’s edge

Plastic Recycling Art and eco-friendly kid activities conducted by National Award Winning Project Reservoir Teams. All part of a family friendly night at the Reservoir!!

Sponsored by Century 21 Plaza Realty

Musician’s Bios: 

Jovan Alexandre – Saxophone 
Jovan Alexandre is an emerging jazz tenor saxophone phenomenon, known for the brightness of his tone and the elegant bearing of his compositions. He may be situated, broadly speaking, within the penumbra of hard-bop and post-bop styles elaborated and taught in Alexandre’s native New England by the iconic Jackie McLean [1931-2006] during his later, seminal years as a Connecticut resident and educator. Alexandre has been a soloist on recordings for drummers Ralph Peterson (Outer Reaches [2010]) and Winard Harper (Coexist, sharing the tenor spotlight with Frank Wess [2012]), and for the South African jazz singer Nonhlanhla Kheswa (Meadowlands, Stolen Jazz [2013]). Alexandre’s first album as a leader, Collective Consciousness, will be released worldwide on February 24, 2015.

Kahlil Kwame Bell – Drums
Kahlil Kwame Bell has performed on over 80 recordings. He has toured extensively with Roberta Flack, Erykah Badu, Sepia, Ste fon Harris and two time Grammy Nominated Russell Gunn’s Group Ethnomusicology. He also tours with his band “The Gift”. The recordings that feature Mr. Bell, vary from Jazz to Folk, Rock to Hip Hop, Classical to World Music and Spoken Word to Spiritual. Kahlil plays over 1,000 percussion instruments and even does work on wood and clay flutes. He is a profound composer and arranger with strong concepts. He is known for leading his group with an innovative percussion instrument called the “slappaphone”. It’s unusual sound and shape capture audiences all over the world. When asked about the instrument Kahlil says that “it called him when he first heard it and it has become his voice, offering rhythm and melody to the listener”. Gift Of Forgiveness is Kahlil’s first record released as a leader and surprisingly enough not featuring his drumming as much as his composing. Kahlil says,”on many of the records I have done in the past I have taken solos that deal with my proficiency as a musician; I wanted to show more beauty in the melodies of my compositions rather than riffing on various percussion instruments”. 

Justin Wert – Guitar

Justin started playing the guitar at age 13 in his hometown of Seattle, Washington. Very soon after starting to play, he developed an interest in listening to bebop, hard bop, and modal jazz of the 1960’s. At the age of 16 he started playing rock and jazz gigs professionally, started attending Shoreline College full time where he studied tonal harmony, and played with and learned from Seattle’s best and most experienced jazz musicians such as Jay Thomas, Marc Seales, Phil Sparks, Jeff Johnson, and Mark Taylor. Also at this age he was studying the William Leavitt method and modal harmony privately with Milo Peterson and Berklee graduate Chris Spencer. At 17 he studied with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ron Eschete, and John Stowell. in 2003, at age 19, Justin turned down an $8,000 scholarship to Berklee and moved to New York City to immerse himself and learn from the epicenter of the modern jazz world. He then studied with Peter Bernstein and learned from many New York musicians such as Ingrid Jensen, Jon Wikan, Matt Clohesy, Lage Lund, Sebastian Noelle, Will Vinson, Roberta Picket, and Jacob Varmus. The next few years were spent scraping by playing sporadic gigs, teaching as the sole guitar faculty at the Eastern School of Music in Little Neck, teaching guitar classes at Riverbank State Park, playing jazz trio for two 4-month stints on Carnival Cruise Lines, catering, working as barista, and driving yellow cab. In the past 2 years Justin has played the Ellensburg Jazz Festival with the Ingrid Jensen Quartet, and hosted regular weekly jam sessions as part of the growing Cortelyou Road Brooklyn jazz scene. Currently he plays gigs with Daniel Foose on bass and Kim Garey on Drums as the Justin Wert Trio, and you can also find him every Wednesday at Benoit with world class bassist Corcoran Holt.

Charlie Sigler – Guitar
Guitarist Charlie Sigler has been active member of the music community since his high school years studying and performing in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area. A recent graduate of William Paterson University with a B.A. in Jazz Performance, Charlie has performed with many greats of the music including Benny Golson, Harold Mabern, Eric Alexander, Joe Lovano, Winard Harper and Dave Stryker among others. He has performed at clubs and festivals throughout the region including the Litchfield Jazz Festival, Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, AFRAM and the Berks Jazz Festival. Currently residing in Bloomfield, NJ, Charlie maintains a busy schedule of performances, recording and teaching.

Peter Lin – Trombone
Ever since graduating with a BM in Jazz Performance from William Paterson University in 2013, Peter has continued to perform prolifically with other musicians as well as with his own group, The Lintet. As a featured soloist and sideman, Peter has performed with Winard Harper, Mulgrew Miller, Benny Golson, Joe Ford, Josh Evans, Warren Smith, Melissa Walker, Jack Jeffers. He was also invited as a special guest with the Cecil Big Band, Swingadelics, and the Stan Rubin Orchestra. The Lintet is responsible for organizing the music for today’s event.  

John Nunez – Guitar
From Rutherford, New Jersey, John started playing the guitar at age 5. John began freelancing and teaching guitar in high school. He is about to begin his final year at Mason Gross School of the Arts to continue studying with guitarist Vic Juris. In college, John has also been able to study privately with trumpeter Joe Magnarelli, as well as be a part of the top ensembles.
Posted in Uncategorized | Comments closed

Kayaking is back at the Reservoir!

photo 2

The Jersey City Reservoir is hosting Kayaking Days in August! We will have two kayaking events:

August 9th (Sunday)
August 22nd (Saturday)

Both run from 10AM – 3PM. As always, kayaking is free at the JC Reservoir but donations are always appreciated and help us to fund more of these events for the community to enjoy!

For anyone unfamiliar with Kayaking Day at the Reservoir, the event is operated on a first come first serve basis. There are both single and tandem boats available for use for periods of fifteen-twenty minutes (if no one is waiting for a boat you may stay in the water longer). A life jacket will be provided which all paddlers must wear at all times in the water. All participants must also sign a waiver prior to getting in the water. Anyone under the age of 18 must have an adult, parent or guardian, sign their waiver as well as be accompanied by an adult. Personal kayaks are not allowed in the Reservoir.

We recommend participants bring water, sunscreen, sunglasses/hat, and to wear comfortable clothing/shoes which they do not mind getting wet. We also recommend bringing a friend along to enjoy the experience! A good idea is to bring sturdy zip-lock bags to store phones and other items you do not wish to get wet while in the boat. You may leave items on the shore but the Reservoir is not responsible for any missing, damaged, or stolen possessions during the event.

The kayaks are generously provided by the Hoboken Cove Boathouse. These kayaking events would not be possible without their support! We would also like to thank the American Canoe Association for sponsoring these events!

We welcome all kayakers, new and experienced to join us for spectacular views on the water this August!

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments closed

Wild Jazz Adventure at the Reservoir!

Wild Jazz Adventure at the Reservoir!

Part of JC Fridays Events.

Poster by Susan Newman Designs Inc.

We are excited to announce that the Jersey City Reservoir will be holding another JC Fridays event the first Friday of June! The event will run from 6pm-8pm on June 5th at the Reservoir. Featuring renowned jazz musicians performing live at locations across the Reservoir. We will also be having a cell phone photo contest where the most retweets of the night to #JCReservoir will win a prize! There will also be a historic scavenger hunt during the event, a fun activity for all ages!

Learn more about these fantastic musicians below:

Jovan Alexandre – Saxophone

Jovan Alexandre is an emerging jazz tenor saxophone phenomenon, known for the brightness of his tone and the elegant bearing of his compositions. He may be situated, broadly speaking, within the penumbra of hard-bop and post-bop styles elaborated and taught in Alexandre’s native New England by the iconic Jackie McLean [1931-2006] during his later, seminal years as a Connecticut resident and educator. Alexandre has been a soloist on recordings for drummers Ralph Peterson (Outer Reaches [2010]) and Winard Harper (Coexist, sharing the tenor spotlight with Frank Wess [2012]), and for the South African jazz singer Nonhlanhla Kheswa (Meadowlands, Stolen Jazz [2013]). Alexandre’s first album as a leader, Collective Consciousness, will be released worldwide on February 24, 2015.

Andrea Brachfeld – Flute

Andrea Brachfeld has associated with Alfredo de la Fe, Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Hubert Laws, Dave Valentín, Paquito D’Rivera, Kenwood Dennard, Hilton Ruiz, Steve Turre, Mike Longo, Paul West, Wycliffe Gordon and Wallace Roney, among others. Her latest CD “Lady of the Island”, was released by ZOHO music in the fall of 2012, featuring Wallace Roney, Wycliffe Gordon, and Bill O’Connell.

Kahlil Kwame Bell – Drums

Kahlil Kwame Bell has performed on over 80 recordings. He has toured extensively with Roberta Flack, Erykah Badu, Sepia, Ste fon Harris and two time Grammy Nominated Russell Gunn’s Group Ethnomusicology. He also tours with his band “The Gift”. The recordings that feature Mr. Bell, vary from Jazz to Folk, Rock to Hip Hop, Classical to World Music and Spoken Word to Spiritual. Kahlil plays over 1,000 percussion instruments and even does work on wood and clay flutes. He is a profound composer and arranger with strong concepts. He is known for leading his group with an innovative percussion instrument called the “slappaphone”. It’s unusual sound and shape capture audiences all over the world. When asked about the instrument Kahlil says that “it called him when he first heard it and it has become his voice, offering rhythm and melody to the listener”. Gift Of Forgiveness is Kahlil’s first record released as a leader and surprisingly enough not featuring his drumming as much as his composing. Kahlil says,”on many of the records I have done in the past I have taken solos that deal with my proficiency as a musician; I wanted to show more beauty in the melodies of my compositions rather than riffing on various percussion instruments”.

Charlie Sigler – Guitar

Guitarist Charlie Sigler has been active member of the music community since his high school years studying and performing in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area. A recent graduate of William Paterson University with a B.A. in Jazz Performance, Charlie has performed with many greats of the music including Benny Golson, Harold Mabern, Eric Alexander, Joe Lovano, Winard Harper and Dave Stryker among others. He has performed at clubs and festivals throughout the region including the Litchfield Jazz Festival, Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, AFRAM and the Berks Jazz Festival. Currently residing in Bloomfield, NJ, Charlie maintains a busy schedule of performances, recording and teaching.

Kyle McGinty – Trumpet

Kyle grew up in Buffalo, New York where he studied jazz under Craig Fattey and Carol McGlaughlin. He went on to attend William Paterson and studied with Mulgrew Miller, Bill Mobley, Steve Laspina, Rich Perry, James Weidman, Kevin Norton and Payton MacDonald. While there he was part of numerous groups including the free improvisation collective Genre Non, New Jersey based Apache Diatribe, and spent three years with the Brooklyn based band Less Magnetic. He has had the opportunity to perform with Joe Lovano, Phil Woods, Frank Wess, Maria Schneider, and Scott Robinson. Now located in Rochester, New York, Kyle is leading a group called Tonal Fungus that focuses on original compositions and free improvisation.

Peter Lin – Trombone

Ever since graduating with a BM in Jazz Performance from William Paterson University in 2013, Peter has continued to perform prolifically with other musicians as well as with his own group, The Lintet. As a featured soloist and sideman, Peter has performed with Winard Harper, Josh Evans, Warren Smith, Melissa Walker, and Jack Jeffers. He was also invited as a special guest with the Cecil Big Band, Swingadelics, and the Stan Rubin Orchestra. The Lintet is responsible for organizing the music for today’s event.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments closed
  • Support the Reservoir

    The Reservoir Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are working to insure the future of the Reservoir while keeping it open to the public for free events and activities now. Your financial support helps make this possible.

  • Categories

  • Twitter