Cocheco Street Jazz

Cocheco Street Jazz is a full featured jazz ensemble. They formed in early 2014 and perform in the Seacoast Area of NH. Their music has a focus on early classics, swing, bebop, cool, latin, and even some post-modern original arrangements

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Now Booking for Summer/Fall of 2024
Call/Text Nils Crusberg at: 603-303-5873

Past Shows
Kittery Estates
Kittery, ME
Friday - September 17th 2021
​2:00pm-3:00pm

Slow Food Seacoast - Midwinter Revelry
Bakie Farm - 35 Powwow River Rd. - Kingston, NH
Sunday - January 27th 2019
​4:00pm-7:00pm
Entry: $100 *includes multi-course meal(s) etc.

Blue Mermaid Island Grill
10 Shapleigh Rd. - Kittery, ME
Thursday - April 5th 2018
​6:00pm-9:00pm
Free

Blue Mermaid Island Grill
10 Shapleigh Rd. - Kittery, ME
Thursday - February 8th 2018
​6:00pm-9:00pm
Free

Bedrock Gardens
45 High Rd. - Lee, NH
Sunday - October 11th 2015
​Noon-4:00pm
Free

Jenness Farm
77 Garland Rd. - Nottingham, NH
Sunday - May 17th 2015
Noon-3:00pm
Free


Bandmembers
Nils Crusberg
Nils plays guitar and alto saxophone and has performed extensively in the Seacoast Area of NH - Boulder, CO - Santa Cruz, CA. The majority of his jazz training came from a private instructor in Worcester, MA by the name of Joe D'Angelo. Countless hours of woodshedding and his activity on a local level performing with the Reggae/Hip-Hop outfit "Boom Lava" have allowed him to improve his musical skills.

Ernie Matthews
Ernie is an extraordinary trumpet player who has a host of experience with the instrument dating back to his early years. He comes from a family of musicians and incorporates his experience, knowledge, and background into his playing with Cocheco Street Jazz.... sometimes even on the accordion!

Bruce Jarvis
Bruce's skills on the electric upright bass adds the perfect compliment to Cocheco Street Jazz and it's sound. He has extensively performed professionally in the New England area for years. Bruce currently performs with Southside Blues and with Brian Booth (jazz) at a variety of local venues and events.

Jack Lannamann
Jack's role with Cocheco Street Jazz has him holding down the rhythm and lead parts on his guitar.  A master of knowing when to put the correct sounds in the proper places, he is an invaluable addition to the band.  He is influenced by legends such as: Lee Ritenour, John Scofield, Jim Hall, Joe Pass, Charlie Hunter and a large variety of local performers.

Norm Laplante
The kit drummer of a jazz band has one of the most important roles, keeping everyone in time, and Norm fulfills that function in an extraordinary way.  He has performed extensively in the New England area, and his experience shows with his knowledge of the arrangements and his tactful presence with an understanding of the proper dynamics.

Riv Rivers
Riv provides keyboard backing and lead parts to the band on an exemplary level.  She has experience performing locally with a variety of jazz musicians, so she is one of the band's most active members of the local jazz scene.  Her skills and knowledge of improvisation and expectations for the surprising directions that the music can move make her readily prepared for anything, and a much needed compliment to the band.