2016 Jazz Fest


Mark your calendars for Jazz Fest 2016:  Sept 20th – Sept 25th!

September sizzles with a six-day celebration of jazz in downtown White Plains beginning Tuesday, September 20th culminating in an outdoor Jazz & Food Festival on Mamaroneck Avenue with delicious food from area restaurants on Sunday, September 25th.

Jazz Fest 2016 is presented in partnership by ArtsWestchester, The City of White Plains and the White Plains Business Improvement District.



  • Press kick-off and opening reception.
    Mark Morganelli helps open the festival with a taste of Brazilian jazz, with Vic Juris, guitar; Nilson Matta, bass

    12:00 PM | Gaucho Grill, 1 North Broadway, White Plains, NY
    This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited to make your reservations TODAY!
    RSVP requested by Thursday, September 15: [email protected] 


  • Downtown Music at Grace Church presents Music Conservatory of Westchester Jazz Faculty Ensemble in A Tribute to Michael Brecker. Enjoy The Westchester Conservatory of Music Jazz Faculty Quartet playing music composed by jazz saxophone legend and innovator Michael Brecker, a long-time resident of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. Featuring: Rale Micic, guitar; Nicholas Biello, saxophone; John Lang, bass and Jake Robinson, drums.
    Admission is Free.

    12:00 PM | 33 Church St, White Plains, NY

  • Downtown White Plains Jazz Stroll – music in three venues throughout the evening.  Admission is Free at all venues, but tips to musicians and patronage at all venues is encouraged.

    Jazz at Gaucho Grill. with Jazmyn
    6:00 PM | 1 N Broadway, White Plains, NY | 914.437.9966

    Copper Face Jacks, with the Kenny Lee All Stars
    7:30 PM | 166B Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY | 914.422.389

    Blues Jam at Ron Blacks Beer Hall, hosted by acclaimed guitarist, Gil Parris
    9:00 PM | 181 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY | 914.358.5811


  • The Westchester Conservatory of Music Jazz Faculty Quartet will be hosting a Jazz Workshop and Jam at the Music Conservatory of Westchester, Stadther Recital Hall, bringing jazz education to the Jazz Fest lineup. A workshop in jazz and improvisation will be presented, followed by a jam session for any interested players. 914.761.3900.
    Admission is Free.

    6:30 – 8:00 PM | 216 Central Ave, White Plains, NY


  • The Gary Smulyan Organ Quartet pulls out all the stops at ArtsWestchester. Multi-award winning baritone saxophone master delivers a soulful jazz sound with Mike Ledonne, Hammond B3 Organ, Peter Bernstein, guitar and Joe Farnsworth, drums.For more information about the Gary Smulyan and the Quartet click here.

    General Admission: $25
    ArtsWestchester Members: $20
    Shop White Plains Card Holder: $20*
    *at box office only

    To purchase tickets, click here

    Enjoy food and beverage from Gaucho Grill (additional fee, not included in ticket price)

    8:00 PM | 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY



  • White Plains Performing Arts Center presents LOUIS-and-ELLA! by Trent Armand Kendall. A musical tribute in concert to the great icons of Jazz, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. Featuring Trent Armand Kendall and Natasha Yvette Williams in the title roles.Admission: $29 ($25 for ArtsWestchester and WPBID members) at the WPPAC box office.

    7:00 PM | 11 City Place, White Plains, NY

  • ArtsWestchester presents Source International African Jazz Band: a Global Sound in Jazz. Jazz returns to its roots with a vibrant and danceable mix of music of Guinea and Mali with a jazz inflection. Featuring Sylvain Leroux, tambin (fula flute) and sax and Abdoulaye Diabate, guitar and vocal.For more information about Source International African Jazz Band click here.

    General Admission: $25
    ArtsWestchester Members: $20
    Shop White Plains Card holder: $20*
    *at box office only

    To purchase tickets click here

    Enjoy food and beverage from Gaucho Grill (additional fee, not included in ticket price)

    8:00 PM  | 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY


White Plains Jazz & Food Festival

  • The culminating day of Jazz Fest brings five sets of music spanning the range of the evolution of jazz from traditional Dixieland and swing to blues, Latin, smooth and African Jazz to the largest audience of the festival in an open air celebration of music and international foods in downtown White Plains.
    Admission: Free.

    12:00 PM to 5:30 PM | Mamaroneck Ave., between Martine Ave. & Mitchell Place, White Plains, NY

Sunday Artist Line-up:

  • Baby Soda – Baby Soda is an adaptable and ever changing group with an eclectic set of influences ranging from 1930’s era swing and New Orleans jazz to early gospel and blues. The band has performed at some of New York’s finest venues, breathing the spirit and joy of the music into the present.
  • Joe Boykin & Friends – Greenburgh’s own vocal favorite, Joe Boykin interprets classic vocal blues and jazz in his own unique deep baritone style, with James Farley, keyboard; Curtis Smithson, guitar; Butch Holland, bass; Art Bennett, Alto Sax and Flute; and Curt Jackson, drums.
  •  Mayra Casales – LP Artist, Cuban born percussionist has worked with top performers in both the Latin and jazz fields. Casales has founded both an all women’s salsa orchestra and performs with a Latin jazz ensemble.
  •  Bob Baldwin & Friends – Smooth Jazz Jazz Fest favorite and Mount Vernon native son presents his own blend of smooth jazz blend with Brazilian percussion and funk overtones.
  • Awa Sangho – The “Golden Voice of Mali” brings the sound of the Sahara to Jazz Fest. Raised near Timbuktu, Awa is a veteran of the acclaimed Ensemble Koteba in the Ivory Coast who now lends her powerful voice from the heart of the musical traditions of Mali to a blend of African, Brazilian and jazz influences.


(Pictured above L-R: Awa Sango, Source International African Jazz Band, Baby Soda, and Gary Smulyan)

NEW at White Plains Library: Jazz Inspired Oral Histories Featured on Web Site:

As part of Jazz Fest 2016, The White Plains Library is collecting oral histories related to jazz in the City of White Plains. Leading up to this year’s festival the Library will feature a variety of stories on their web site. Listen to the first recording featuring Kenny Lee, whose life and music are important parts of White Plains history. Lee is known to different people for different things. Some know him as a trumpet player and band leader of the Kenny Lee All Stars. Find out more: http://whiteplainslibrary.org/2016/07/people-stories-oral-history-project-kenny-lee/ And, stay tuned for more oral histories inspired by the partnership between ArtsWestchester and The White Plains Library’s People & Stories Oral History Project.

Play a leading role in Jazz Fest 2016!  Become a 2016 Jazz Fest Sponsor:  Click Here Now

Presenting Sponsor:



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Community Partners:

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JazzFest extends its thanks to the following companies for their sponsor support:

Apple Bank
Buffalo Wild Wings
Cambria Hotels and Suites
Coriander Modern Indian
Famous Famiglia
Kimco Realty Corp.
People’s United Bank
The Iron Tomato
Westchester Business Center

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For sponsor or program information contact Debbie Scates at [email protected]
or call 914.428.4220 x315.