August 23, 2023


Amanda Karpinski

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The Matt Chertkoff Trio & Houston Person will perform on Sunday, August 27 at the Wortendyke Barn, Park Ridge


(HACKENSACK, NJ) – Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco, the Bergen County Board of Commissioners, and the County’s Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs invite the public to attend a free music concert featuring The Matt Chertkoff Trio and Houston Person on Sunday, August 27, from 4 pm – 6:30 pm at the Wortendyke Barn Museum, a County Historic Site (13 Pascack Rd, Park Ridge, NJ).  

The second performance of the series will feature The Matt Chertkoff Trio & Houston Person – an act headed by local Bergen County native and jazz guitarist Matt Chertkoff, who has performed or recorded with jazz legends such as David Fathead Newman, Freddy Cole, and Cecil Brooks. One of Matt’s musical interests is in the exploration of traditional Jewish music, blending and reinterpreting the genre with jazz sensibilities to transform and expand old works into new.

Matt’s trio includes Vince Ector on drums and Matthew Parrish on bass. Both are top musicians in the field today and have an impressive history of playing with stellar greats in jazz.

The legendary Houston Person is a musician, bandleader, and promoter with more than 75 albums recorded as a bandleader. He has recorded with Charles Brown, Charles Earland, Lena Horne, Lou Rawls, Horace Silver, Dakota Staton and more. His work with long-time collaborator, Etta Jones holds a revered place in music history.

The free outdoor music series will continue on the following dates:

Sunday, September 17, 4 pm–6:30 pm:  Crash Gordon & Debra Dynamite with Dave Del Monte (Rockabilly)

Sunday, October 29, 1 pm–3:30 pm: The Cider Barn Band (13th Annual Bluegrass & Cider)

For concert info, please call 201-336-7292 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please note, seating is limited for all Music at the Barn Concerts so attendees are encouraged to bring chairs/blankets as well as food. 

The Wortendyke Barn has been a Pascack Valley landmark since its construction on 500 acres of land bought by the Wortendyke family in 1735.  It was used continually as a barn into the 20th century and is one of only six pure Dutch barn types in Bergen County.  In 1997, the barn opened as a museum with agriculture exhibits that include 18th and 19th century farm implements and tools, and the history of the Wortendyke family farm.

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