Jack's Waterfall is the musical adventure of singer/songwriter and musician, Jack Licitra.
Pop, blues, jazz, folk, gospel and global music all meet at The Waterfall, a place of healing and learning. Sometimes Jack performs solo and other times with a group, but there is always present a unique energy of inclusiveness. His great capacity for rhythmic and percussive adventures, his virtuosic piano explorations, and his heartfelt songs and storytelling come together in every captivating performance.
Jack Licitra founded Jack's Waterfall in 1998. The group has released three CD's: Live at The Paris Café (1999) features a duo performance with mandolin guru, Buddy Merriam; Calling All Angels (2000) is rich in percussion and includes an all-star cast of musicians including guitarist Matt Marshak and percussionist Richie Guerrero. Griot (2001) is a collection of more mature songs and interesting rhythms and features Bakithi Kumalo (from Paul Simon’s Graceland) on fretless bass and Morris Goldberg (from the Rosie O'Donnell Show) on saxophone and flutes.
Jack's Waterfall has appeared at The B.B. King Blues Festival, The University of Stonybrook, The New Jersey Folk Festival, and The Riverhead Blues Festival. Licitra has toured The United States as a full time member of The Kerry Kearney Band, opening for such acts as the Allman Brothers and the Dickie Betts Band. Heralded as master of the dobro, Kearney recruited Licitra in 1999 to play accordion and Hammond organ. Jack has co-written material and been featured on vocals on Kearney’s last two CDs.
Jack’s expansive career has also found him sharing the stage with the likes of Levon Helm, Jimmy Vivino, Richie Havens, Buckwheat Zydeco, James Cotton, Marcia Ball, and many others.
Writing songs to help his family through tough times – Jack was fourteen when his father died - Jack soon discovered the healing powers of music. He notes, "Music or any of the arts are universal - shared experiences or communications that bring people closer together. It gets them in touch with things they were feeling but never actually tried to express."