Cathedral Arts Live Announces 2019-2020 Season

Cathedral Arts Live is thrilled to welcome celebrated jazz drummer Winard Harper to take the stage October 18 at 7 pm. Tap dancer AC Lincoln will join Harper on stage and singer-songwriter duo Visen will open the show.

A virtuoso on the drum set and the balafon, the West African equivalent of the marimba, Harper is a sought-after collaborator at home and abroad. A hometown favorite in New York, Harper also has a devoted following in Jersey City, where he runs the “Meet the Artist” Series at Moore’s Lounge each Sunday. For more information:

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Visen means lullaby in Danish. Danish-American singer-songwriter Ari Jaye Alexander and award-winning jazz guitarist Cecil Alexander started performing and writing together while attending Berklee College of Music; eventually, Visen came into existence as Cecil would pair his intricate guitar compositions with Ari’s confessional songwriting. Their newest single “Counting Sheep“ came out at the end of August, reflecting a new, more romantic sound from the now husband
and wife duo. For more information:

AC Lincoln was born on the road to Jazz Duo Parents Kim Kalesti and Marion Cowings. With an affinity for rhythm and an innate ability to create it, at five years old AC began Tap Dancing in their shows.

Sharing the stage at an early age with the great Tap Dancers “Hoofers” including Buster Brown, Jimmy Slyde, Chuck Green and Lon Chaney. Lincoln was immersed in the Jazz collective of musicians on the scene in NYC and the burgeoning sounds of 90’s Hip Hop and R&B blasting from the radio, leading him to develop his own sound.

AC Lincoln has since performed as the featured tap dancer for Mercedes Ellington, Antoinette Montague, Danny Mixon, The Hot Sardines, Winard Harper & Jeli Posse as well as leading his own band. AC Lincoln’s electrifying performances continue to light up the stages of venues throughout NYC and the world.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Hot food and cold beverages available for purchase. Doors open at 7 p.m. Visit us online at to purchase tickets.

Now in its fifth season, Cathedral Arts Live aims to create a transcendent musical experience and strengthen our community by welcoming and celebrating a diverse group of artists, performers and audiences in our beautiful space.

Cathedral Arts Live 2019-2020 Season

October 18

Winard Harper
Jazz propelled by a dynamic sense of Swing – from African roots to today.

November 22
Abbie Gardner
Award-winning singer-songwriter plays a fiery dobro in an original mix of country, folk and bluegrass.

January 17, 2020
Walter Parks & Rob Curto
Legendary duo performs reels, spirituals and swamp blues for a soaring Americana sound.

February 28, 2020
An adventurous blend of folk, R&B, jazz, gospel, and rock ‘n roll creates a ‘harmonic maelstrom’ of original sound.

March 27, 2020
Vicki Kristina Barcelona
Power trio of musical veterans rearranges songs of Tom Waits with inventive 3-part harmonies and virtuoso instrumentation.

April 17, 2020
NYC musical collective presents ‘off the rails’ complex grooves, poetic hip-hop, high-octane vocals, and instrumental solos for a cutting-edge concert experience.

About Cathedral Arts Live and Grace Church Van Vorst

The oldest Episcopal church in Jersey City, Grace Church Van Vorst, founded in 1847, has a vibrant past and a promising future. In addition to being a welcoming and affirming home to a diverse set of congregants, Grace provides vital services to some of the most vulnerable citizens of Jersey City, offering a breakfast program to the hungry and a weekday program for seniors.

Building on its reputation as a fulcrum for talented artists of all kinds in Jersey City, Grace Church Van Vorst launched Cathedral Arts Live as an extension of the already successful and vibrant Cathedral Arts Festival, founded in 1989.


Bayla Kallstrom, Managing Director Cathedral Arts Live, 201-892-1147,

Colin Britt, Artistic Director, Music, 207-212-0231,

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