About Us

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New Brunswick Jazz Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting world class jazz performances in downtown New Brunswick & other Central Jersey venues. Since its inception in 2010 NBJP has gone from presenting two jazz performances a month, to offering FREE year around shows, four nights every week. The Jazz Project has successfully fostered a supportive environment for regular live jazz performance in New Brunswick and has presented more than 700 events featuring over 1000 acclaimed national and international jazz leaders, sidemen and special guests, including among many others: Arturo O’Farrill, John Lee, Ed Cherry, Dave Stryker, Akiko Tsuruga, Roseanna Vitro, Mimi Jones, Jerry Weldon, Rudy Royston, Virginia Mayhew, Luis Perdomo, Dezron Douglas, Joe Magnarelli, Ralph Peterson, Steve Williams, Kenny Davis, Tia Fuller, Orrin Evans, Jared Gold, Tim Ries, Victor Lewis, Conrad Herwig, and Ravi Coltrane.

NBJP has also developed supportive, wide-reaching relationships with musicians who understand that the Project’s mission is to keep the only original American art form, jazz a vital part of the places where it began—in local communities. “Jazz shouldn’t only be found in New York, New Orleans and Kansas City or at annual festivals. The music should be everywhere–all the time.” New Brunswick is ranked #6 on a list from Movoto.com of the 10 Most Exciting Small Cities in America with live music being cited as one of the deciding factors.

In 2013, The New Brunswick Jazz Project collaborated with the five year old Somerville Jazz Festival to form two day The Central Jersey Jazz Festival. In 2014, the Festival, which takes place the second weekend in September added the township of Flemington and now the three day, three city, FREE musical event draws approximately 12,000 jazz lovers to the region.

NBJP also regularly partners with the New Brunswick Public Schools and the Hub Teen Center to provide after-school enrichment programming in the form of jazz performances with student participation and talk backs.

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Mike, Virginia, Jimmy

New Brunswick Jazz Project founders Jimmy Lenihan, Virginia DeBerry and Michael Tublin are longtime friends who wanted to add to the cultural offerings in their already arts rich community. NBJP has created a real jazz scene and now brings guests from New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania to the New Brunswick area multiple nights each week to enjoy this quintessential, uniquely American music.

The New Brunswick Jazz Project is a recognized tax exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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“New Brunswick has now become a destination for jazz.” – The New York Times

“…the freshest jazz presenters in the state.” –  NJ Star Ledger

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Founder’s Bios

JIMMYChief Executive Officer
Jim Lenihan, a native of Ireland, has been a resident of the area since the mid 80’s. He is an engineer and owns a small manufacturing company in Middlesex, New Jersey.
VIRGINIAChief Operating Officer
Virginia DeBerry moved to Central Jersey twenty-five years ago from Manhattan. She is a national best-selling novelist and a social media strategist and consultant.
MICHAELChief Financial Officer
Michael Tublin is a Jersey native who lives in downtown New Brunswick. Mike is a former trader on the New York Mercantile Exchange and is now Director of International Programs for the City of New Brunswick.
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Mission Statement

The New Brunswick Jazz NPO is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to celebrating the legacy of Jazz, America’s original music and one of its most popular international exports, on a local level. We seek to enrich and enhance the lives of residents of our Central New Jersey community and beyond, through presenting regular Jazz performances featuring international, national, regional, local and student musicians and offering youth educational programs and performances. By further expanding the knowledge and reach of Jazz, the New Brunswick Jazz Project cultivates an interest in Jazz and nurtures and encourages current and future generations of Jazz musicians and enthusiasts.


The New Brunswick Jazz Project is managed by an Executive Board which reports to the Board of Trustees.

Executive Board
James Lenihan –  Chief Executive Officer
Michael S. Tublin – Chief Financial Officer
Virginia DeBerry – Chief Operating Officer
Board of Trustees
Joseph A. Bahgat – Internet & IP Litigation Attorney, Hub City Law Group
Chris DeVito – Jazz Pianist/Senior Director International Taxation-Johnson & Johnson
Virginia DeBerry – Author, Principal/Founder SOMEO/Social Media Optimization & Content Management Consultants, New Brunswick Jazz Project – Founder
Lori Grier – Manager Financial Planning and Analysis – Otsuka Pharmaceutical Companies
Jerry Weldon – Veteran tennor saxphonist, recording artist and bandleader.
Ronald F. Henry – Chief of Police South Bound Brook, NJ – Retired, City Councilman South Bound Brook, NJ, Retired
Stephen K. Jones – FACHE, Chief Academic Officer RWJBarnabas Health, Senior Policy Fellow Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy      
James Lenihan – President Gemco Valve, New Brunswick Jazz Project – Founder
Michael S. Tublin – Director of International Programs City of New Brunswick, New Brunswick Jazz Project – Founder