The presenting partners of JazzFest White Plains have announced the lineup for this year’s 12th annual festival, which will take place September 6-10. The event is a partnership between ArtsWestchester, White Plains BID and the City of White Plains with presenting sponsor Montefiore Einstein.
The celebration of jazz music offers 15 free and low-cost performances across five days at various locations throughout downtown White Plains. Locations include White Plains Public Library, ArtsWestchester, Grace Church, White Plains Farmers Market, Music Conservatory of Westchester, and an outdoor stage on Mamaroneck Avenue.
Traditionally, the festival presents an eclectic array of jazz influences. For instance, this year includes music spanning from a Colombian-born harp virtuoso (Edmar Castañeda, 9/8) to a Detroit-raised female bassist (Endea Owens, 9/10), not to mention four Grammy Award-winners. The performers also include a combination of emerging and established musicians: in the past, Buster Williams, recent Best New Artist Grammy-winner Samara Joy, Arturo O’Farrill, Emmet Cohen and Ravi Coltrane have all performed. This year, two headlining concerts, both at ArtsWestchester,
include John Scofield & Joe Lovano Quartet, a partnership that has defined contemporary jazz (9/8) and Cécile McLorin Salvant & Sullivan Fortner (9/9).
Each year, the final day of JazzFest White Plains culminates with the White Plains Food & Jazz Festival, a full-day free outdoor event on Mamaroneck Avenue. Headlining this concert on September 10 is Mount Vernon native and contemporary jazz saxophonist Mike Phillips.
For the full lineup and tickets, visit artsw.org/jazzfest. For updates, follow @artswestchester and #WPjazzfest.
For more than 50 years, ArtsWestchester has been the community’s connection to the arts. Founded in 1965, it is the largest, private, not-for-profit arts council in New York State. Its mission is to provide leadership, vision, and support, to ensure the availability, accessibility, and diversity of the arts. ArtsWestchester provides programs and services that enrich the lives of everyone in Westchester County. ArtsWestchester helps fund concerts, exhibitions and plays through grants; brings artists into schools and community centers; advocates for the arts; and builds audiences through diverse marketing initiatives. In 1998, ArtsWestchester purchased the nine-story neo-classical bank building at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue which has since been transformed into a multi-use resource for artists, cultural organizations, and the community. A two-story gallery is located on the first floor of ArtsWestchester’s historic building on Mamaroneck Avenue.