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JazzFest White Plains 2019

September 11 @ 12:00 pm - September 15 @ 5:30 pm

Joel Ross

                                                  Jaz­zFest White Plains 2019 is a five-day cel­e­bra­tion of jazz, cul­ture, and com­mu­nity — for mu­sic lovers of all ages — from Wednes­day, Sep­tem­ber 11 through Sun­day, Sep­tem­ber 15.  A part­ner­ship be­tween ArtsWestch­ester, the City of White Plains, the White Plains Busi­ness Im­prove­ment Dis­trict (BID), and pre­sent­ing spon­sor Bank of Amer­ica, Jaz­zFest has be­come a sig­na­ture White Plains event, of­fer­ing free and af­ford­able jazz per­for­mances by renowned artists — at­tract­ing jazz en­thu­si­asts from Westch­ester and be­yond.

JazzFest Schedule:


Nanny Assis Trio
Downtown Music at Grace Church | Noon | FREE
33 Church Street
Bahia native Nanny Assis is a singer, drummer, percussionist and songwriter. He is a master of Brazilian Jazz, Afro-Brazilian music and other popular and folkloric sounds from his homeland.

Kristina Koller
Court Street Farmer’s Market | 12:30pm | FREE
59 Court Street
As a vocalist, arranger and composer, Kristina Koller pushes “vocal jazz” in a new direction. Her music melds different genres with uplifting traditional jazz standards.

Downtown White Plains Jazz Stroll |5:30-9:30pm |FREE

5:30pm: Mediterraneo White Plains: 189 Main Street | 914-448-8800 |
Albert Rivera Quartet
Saxophonist Albert Rivera has toured North America and has played at venues such as the River Room in Harlem and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center. In 2009, he was the recipient of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award.

6:30pm: Morton’s Steakhouse: 5 Mamaroneck Avenue | 914-683-6101 |
Pablo Mayor’s Folklore Urbano NYC Trio
Pablo Mayor is one of the leading contemporary voices of Colombian music. His trio combines the native rhythms of Colombia, with Jazz, Salsa, and Cuban Charanga. The Folklore Urbano NYC Trio has been heard throughout the USA, including renowned venues across the NYC area, as well as Canada and Colombia.

7:30pm | The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester (3 Renaissance Square) | The Brian Carter Quartet
Jazz drummer Brian Carter has affiliations with many musicians, including Bob Baldwin, Gil Parris, Bernie Williams, Eddie Henderson, Wali Ali, Nico Morelli and the late Didier Lockwood.

8:30pm | Sunset Restaurant Bar (49 Mamaroneck Ave.) | Latin Jazz


• Jazz at Noon with Eunha So
White Plains Public Library Plaza | 12pm | FREE
100 Martine Ave – Pianist and composer Eunha So plays across genres, from classical to jazz. She has trained under several prominent artists including Eric Gunnison, Art Lande, and Pete Malinverni. She is a graduate of SUNY Purchase’s graduate program in Jazz Studies.

Keyon Harrold – Outdoor Plaza at 5 City Place | 6:30pm | FREE

Keyon Harrold

Keyon Harrold, who was raised in Ferguson, Missouri, was schooled in the straight-ahead jazz tradition. The trumpeter has been featured on more than one hundred jazz, R&B, hip-hop, gospel and blues albums, in addition to Miles Ahead, the Grammy Award-winning movie about Miles Davis. Harrold has recorded or performed with Gregory Porter, Prince, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige and many others. Rain location: City Center, 3rd floor lobby

Pete Malinverni’s Jazz-Chester, featuring Ralph Lalama, Mike Migliore and Aaron Seeber
ArtsWestchester | 8pm | $25 – 31 Mamaroneck Avenue
Pete Malinverni is Head of Jazz Studies at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. He has been a fixture on the New York City jazz scene since moving there in the early 1980s, and has recorded fourteen times as a leader in solo piano, trio, quartet, quintet, big band and choral contexts. During his time in NYC, Malinverni has recorded and performed with a host of masters, including Joe Lovano, Vernel Fournier, Charles Davis, Mel Lewis, Dennis Irwin, Jon Faddis, Karrin Allyson, Steve Wilson and many others.

Jazz Jam
ArtsWestchester | 10pm | $10
31 Mamaroneck Ave
Audience members can sign up for a jazz jam led by Jake Robinson of the Music Conservatory of Westchester, Ed Palermo of Hoff-Barthelson Music School, Bob Gingery from Concordia Conservatory and Pete Malinverni from SUNY Purchase College.


• Jazz at Noon with The Marcio Garcia Trio
White Plains Public Library Plaza | Noon | FREE
Dominican pianist, composer and educator Marcio Garcia has performed at the Stanford Jazz Institute, the 2016 Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival, Five Points Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, Blue Note NYC, Birdland and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.

Kotoko Brass
White Plains Plaza, 1 N Broadway | 5pm | FREE
Kotoko Brass melds the traditional drum rhythms of Ghana, the sturdy bass and keyboards of the Caribbean, and the joyous horns of New Orleans to forge a new sound of its own. The band has shared the stage with Femi Kuti, the California Honeydrops, Vieux Farka Toure, Innov Gnawa, Take 6, the Boston Pops and more.

Joel Ross ‘Good Vibes’ | ($20 for 7:30pm | $35 for both 7:30pm & 9pm)
ArtsWestchester | 7:30pm
31 Mamaroneck Ave
Chicago native Joel Ross, twice selected as a Thelonious Monk Institute National All-Star and a 2013 Young Arts Jazz Finalist, has performed with established artists like Herbie Hancock, Louis Hayes and Christian McBride, as well as with cutting-edge contemporaries like Gerald Clayton, Jon Batiste and more. He’s also performed at the Brubeck, Monterey, Seattle and Chicago Jazz Festivals, and internationally-celebrated venues like Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York, SF Jazz in San Francisco, and Club Vibrato in Los Angeles. Ross recently completed a two-year fellowship with the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet in California. This performance will feature ‘Good Vibes’ in a quintet formation.

Joel Ross ‘Good Vibes’ featuring Melissa Aldana | ($20 for 7:30pm | $35 for both 7:30pm and 9pm)

Melissa Aldana

ArtsWestchester | 9pm
31 Mamaroneck Ave
Chilean saxophonist and composer Melissa Aldana has had a remarkably rapid evolution, from being a six-year-old sax prodigy to now being widely considered one of the most compelling tenor saxophonists on the scene. In 2013, Aldana became both the first female instrumentalist and the first South American to win the Thelonious Monk Competition. She is also a recipient of the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center and a double recipient of the Altazor Award, Chile’s prestigious national arts prize. Aldana has released four recordings as a leader. Recently, she premiered the commissioned suite, Visions for Frida Kahlo, before touring Brazil, Europe and Australia with her quartet.


The Tim Veeder Quartet
Court Street Farmer’s Market | 11am | FREE
59 Court Street
The Tim Veeder Quartet electrifies audiences locally, nationally and abroad with jazz/funk/fusion originals in addition to fresh, funky takes on jazz standards. Veeder has shared the stage with many notable artists, including Bucky Pizzarelli, Richie Cannata, Jay Azzolina, drummer Richie Morales and many others.

Jazz at the Galleria featuring Westchester High School Jazz Bands
Galleria at White Plains | 2pm | FREE
100 Main Street

Hands on Jazz for Families
White Plains Library | 2pm | FREE
100 Martine Avenue
Join teachers from The Music Conservatory of Westchester for a participatory music event at the White Plains Public Library.

Emmet Cohen Quartet featuring George Coleman and Jimmy Cobb
White Plains Performing Arts Center | 8pm | $29 – $44
11 City Place
Recognized as a prodigy who began playing at age three, multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen has emerged as one of his generation’s pivotal figures in music. Cohen is the recent winner of the American Pianists Association’s prestigious 2019 Cole Porter Fellowship. In this performance, his ensemble will be joined by two of jazz’s greatest figures, George Coleman and Jimmy Cobb. Among countless accomplishments, Coleman was recognized as a National Endowment of the Arts “Jazz Master,” played in Max Roach’s band, was a member of the Miles Davis quintet with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams, and played on Hancock’s landmark Blue Note recording, Maiden Voyage. Jimmy Cobb made his name in support of Dinah Washington, Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery and Sarah Vaughan, and on hundreds of studio sessions. As the drummer on Davis’ legendary album Kind of Blue, Cobb may be the most frequently heard (if not the best known) drummer in jazz history.


White Plains Jazz & Food Festival (Noon – 5:30pm)| FREE MUSIC
Mamaroneck Avenue at Main Street, White Plains

Lagond Music All-Stars
NOON – 12:45pm
Lagond Music School presents a lineup of some of Westchester County’s finest young musicians. The ensemble performs a range of music from Latin jazz to danceable funk.

Art Bennett and The Organic Ensemble
1:05pm – 1:50pm
Saxophonist Art Bennett was born and raised in White Plains, where he first began studying jazz. Active in the “Loft Jazz” movement of the 1970s in New York City, he has performed with greats Lonnie Smith, Rashied Ali, Roy Brooks, Willian Parker, and many others.

Mwenso & The Shakes
2:10pm – 3pm
Taking from the stylings of Fats Waller, Muddy Waters, James Brown and other American musical legends, Mwenso & The Shakes put on an electrifying show. Immigrating from Sierra Leone, London, South Africa, Greenwich Village, Madagascar, France, Jamaica, and Hawaii, the Shakes now call Harlem their home.

Camille Thurman with the Darrell Green Trio
3:20pm – 4:10pm
Camille Thurman is a “rising star” (Downbeat Magazine) who excels in both saxophone – from which energy soars, and vocals – from which she embraces a soulful dynamism and spirited “Fitzgerald-esque” (All About Jazz) scat. She has performed for audiences throughout the world.

Alphonso Horne and The Gotham Kings
4:30pm – 5:30pm
Two-time Grammy nominated trumpeter, Alphonso Horne has put together a band that weaves the sound of New Orleans into a rich musical fabric that demonstrates the history of the trumpet and the story of jazz. Inspired by the music of King Oliver Creole Jazz Band, The Gotham Kings use the virtuosity of the young Louis Armstrong and innovative genius of King Oliver to take you on a journey of sound that encompasses rags, stomps, shouts and funk.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: artsw.org/jazzfest



September 11 @ 12:00 pm
September 15 @ 5:30 pm
3 recommended