Tasty cocktails and livestreamed jazz music will come together this September when ArtsWestchester combines two of its signature annual events during these unprecedented times. On September 8, the organization’s staple ArtsBash event will kick off a four-day JazzFest White Plains program with a Virtual Mixology Party, featuring Jägermeister. JazzFest, which is presented with the City of White Plains and White Plains BID, will then continue on through September 11.
Though virtual this year, the festival remains true to its roots, presenting jazz from an outstanding roster of musicians, many of whom have ties to Westchester. The festival, now in its ninth year, will celebrate established jazz greats who have shaped jazz, as well as rising stars who are carrying the genre in new directions. This series of special programs, to be held on Zoom and Facebook Live, will consist of animated conversations and educational demonstrations, as well as the lively and intimate performances for which it has always been known. Read more about the festival on the following pages.
A version of this article first appeared in the August issue of ArtsNews, ArtsWestchester’s monthly publication. ArtsNewsis distributed throughout Westchester County. A digital copy is also available at artsw.org/artsnews.
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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.