MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Sept. 13-17, 2017!
Returning to the city of White Plains for its sixth year, the 2017 Jazz Fest promises to be a five-day celebration of jazz for music lovers of all ages. A partnership between ArtsWestchester, the City of White Plains and the White Plains BID, Jazz Fest has become a signature White Plains event of free and affordable jazz performances attracting jazz enthusiasts from throughout Westchester County and beyond.
Recently awarded Best Jazz Festival by «Westchester Magazine,» the White Plains Jazz Fest offers concerts at a variety of venues throughout the week culminating in a free outdoor Jazz & Food Festival on Mamaroneck Avenue on Sunday, September 17, 2017.
2017 Jazz Fest White Plains Concert Lineup
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13:
* Noon – Concert at Downtown Music at Grace – A performance by the Hiroshi Yamazaki Ensemble with Glenda Davenport.
* 1-3pm – Live Jazz at Court Street Farmer’s Market – artist TBD.
* 6-11pm – White Plains Jazz Stroll: A sampling of local jazz talent in restaurants in downtown White Plains.
– 6pm: Mediterraneo White Plains: Albert Rivera Jazz Trio
189 Main Street | 914-448-8800
– 7pm: Morton’s The Steakhouse: Alexis Cole
5 Mamaroneck Avenue | 914-683-6101
– 8pm: Pick & Roll Soul: Jeanne Ricks
49 Mamaroneck Avenue | 914-437-7393
– 9pm: Ron Blacks Beer Hall: Open Jazz Mic
Hosted by Gil Parris
181 Mamaroneck Avenue | 914-358-5811
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14:
One Ticket – Two Performances! at ArtsWestchester
* 7:30-9:30pm – Ray Blue Quintet – Peekskill based jazz tenor saxophonist and jazz educator brings his ensemble to ArtsWestchester’s gallery stage with a blend of classic jazz and original compositions.
*10:00pm – Midnight – Jazz Jam, led by Pianist/Composer and Head of the Jazz Studies at SUNY Purchase, Pete Malinverni. Open to all musicians.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15:
* 12:15pm – Jazz at the Galleria – Enjoy a midday performance while you shop as Charlie Lagond and Kaleidoscope brighten your day with jazz fusion, world beat and funk music at The Galleria at White Plains.
* 8:00pm – Pablo Mayor Sextet at ArtsWestchester – Versatile Colombian pianist and composer blends an exciting mix of traditional and contemporary South American musical styles into the jazz idiom with a core group from his acclaimed orchestra, Folklore Urbano.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
At White Plains Performing Arts Center
* 8:00pm – The Paquito D’Rivera Quintet – Iconic Cuban American virtuoso of the clarinet and saxophone, composer and fourteen-time Grammy winner in both jazz and classical categories brings his unique blend of a global sensitivity to Jazz Fest.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17:
White Plains Jazz and Food Festival (Noon-5:30pm) FREE
At the Jazz Fest Main Stage on Mamaroneck Avenue
* NOON – 12:45pm – SUNY Purchase Jazz All-Stars (Details to come).
* 1:00 – 1:50pm – Kenny Lee All Stars – White Plains’ own Kenny Lee (trumpet/ flugel horn) – straight ahead jazz.
* 2:10 – 3:00pm – Steve Kroon Latin Jazz Sextet. Puerto Rican percussionist extraordinaire to jazz, Latin and R&B icons leads his Latin jazz ensemble through a dynamic blend of classic and original music.
* 3:20 – 4:10pm – Sage. An all-women’s jazz, blues and contemporary ensemble, Sage creates a sound that transcends time and generation – part contemporary, part nostalgic and a whole lot of soul.
* 4:30 – 5:30pm – Donald Harrison – From the birthplace of American Jazz, New Orleans based saxophonist, educator, and “Big Chief” brings the festival to a close with the spirit of Congo Square – where it all started.
Plus, Jazz Fest is pleased to welcome Food Bank for Westchester’s Empty Bowls event to downtown White Plains from noon – 5:30pm. Be sure to stop by their display to purchase an artist-made bowl with delicious soup served by local chefs – all to raise awareness for Hunger Action Month.
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