September 12-16, 2018


Featured Artists Include

Veronica Swift

Rudresh Mahanthappa

Emmet Cohen

Marquis Hill

Arturo O'Farrill

and More!

Featured Artists Include Veronica Swift, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Emmet Cohen, Marquis Hill, Arturo O’Farrill and More!

Returning to the city of White Plains for its seventh year, 2018 Jazz Fest White Plains is 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 and beyond.

Wednesday, September 12

Pablo Mayor | Downtown Music at Grace Church | Noon
One of the contemporary voices of Colombia outside its borders, Pablo has dedicated the last seventeen years to writing, producing, and promoting Colombian music in New York City.

Art Bennett | Court Street Farmer’s Market | 12:30 – 2:30pm
Art Bennett has appeared at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls and other New York venues. Art has performed with many notable musicians such as Lonnie Liston Smith, Rashied Ali, Roy Brooks, James “Blood” Ulmer, William Parker, Marion Meadows and an impressive list of musicians in the Free Jazz art form.

Downtown White Plains Jazz Stroll

Albert Rivera | Mediterraneo, White Plains | 6pm
Contemporary, smooth, and eclectic – three words that just begin to describe Albert Rivera, “a modern Jazz Messenger” with one of the most exciting and sought-after saxophone sounds in today’s jazz scene.

Alexis Cole | Morton’s Steak House | 7pm
Award-winning jazz vocalist Alexis Cole may be the most talented singer to ever hold a top-secret military clearance. A dozen albums into her critically acclaimed career, she may also be the best-kept secret in jazz, a status that’s certain to change as more people are discovering her for themselves.

Emedin Rivera and Tropical Turbulence | Sofrito | 8pm
Three-time Emmy Award-winner and percussionist Emedin Rivera and his Latin jazz trio, Tropical Turbulence, bring their unique sound to the Jazz Stroll in Downtown White Plains.

Gil Parris | Ron Blacks Beer Hall | 9:30pm
Grammy-Nominated guitar virtuoso Gil Parris, is known for his special blend of Blues, Jazz, Rock and Smooth Jazz. He has recorded and toured both as a solo artist and sideman with major artists like Dr.John, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Diane Schuur, David Mann, Billy Vera, Bobby Caldwell, Toni Braxton to name just a few.

*all performances subject to change without notice

Thursday, September 13

Carl Viggiani | Jazz & Java | White Plains Public Library | 7:30-9:30am
Carl Viggiani is a pianist and composer. He studied piano and composition at North Carolina School of the Arts, New England Conservatory, and the Manhattan School of Music, where he earned performance degrees in classical music and jazz.

The Burr Johnson Band | The Galleria at White Plains | 12:15pm
A trio of guitar, bass, and drums, playing a fusion of Jazz, Rock, Funk, and Blues putting forward fun, energetic and complex compositions.

Two Set Evening of Jazz

($20 each set or $35 combo ticket for both)

The Emmet Cohen Trio | ArtsWestchester | 7pm
Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen has emerged as one of his generation’s pivotal figures in music and the related arts. Possessing a fluid technique, an innovative tonal palette, and an extensive repertoire, Cohen plays with the command of a seasoned veteran and the passion of an artist fully devoted to his medium.

Veronica Swift with The Emmet Cohen Trio| ArtsWestchester | 8:30pm
Veronica Swift is recognized around the country as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene. A 2015 winner of the Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition, Swift has been gaining attention throughout the jazz world. She has been performing every Saturday night at New York’s famed Birdland Jazz Club, where is was also recently featured as a special guest with John Pizzarelli.

*all performances subject to change without notice

Friday, September 14

Carl Viggiani | Jazz & Java | White Plains Public Library | 7:30-9:30am
Start your morning right with a healthy dose of jazz and java at the Everyday Healthy Cafe at White Plains Public Library.

Rocky Middleton Jazz Ensemble | White Plains Plaza at One North Broadway | 5pm
Rocky Middleton began playing acoustic bass at the age of 21 years old. Rocky was self taught before he began to hone his skills at the Jazz Mobile workshop in Harlem, studying under the greats Richard Davis and Lyle Atkinson, and the great tenor saxophonists Jimmy Heath, Clifford Jordan, and Norman Simmons.

The Rudresh Mahanthappa Trio | ArtsWestchester | 8pm | $25
Named alto saxophonist of the year for six years running, Downbeat Magazine’s International Critics’ Polls, Rudresh Mahanthappa is widely known as one of the premier voices in jazz of the 21st century. Enjoy an evening of music alive with rhythmic urgency, steeped in the lineage of jazz saxophone and responsive to traditions and practices of the wider musical world.

Jazz Jam | ArtsWestchester | 10pm – Midnight | $5
Join in a Jazz Jam co-led by Jake Robinson of the Music Conservatory of Westchester, Ed Palermo of Hoff-Barthelson Music School and Pete Malinverni of SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music.

*all lineups subject to change without notice

Saturday, September 15

Brian Carter | Court Street Farmer’s Market | 11am – 1pm
Drop by the Farmer’s Market and listen to some great jazz percussion while shopping for your favorite organically grown fruits and veg as well other specialty items. Brian Carter and the Brian Carter quartet have performed through the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Hands On Jazz for Families | White Plains Public Library | 2 – 4pm
Join teachers from The Music Conservatory of Westchester at the White Plains Public Library for a participatory event. After a short set featuring classic Jazz standards, the teachers will be available to help young people try our the instruments they are playing. Extra instruments for people to use will be available. This is your chance to make the music you’ll hear all week at White Plains Jazz Fest and interact with professional musicians. ~Supported by Sam Ash Music Corp.

Arturo O’Farrill Sextet | White Plains Performing Arts Center | 8pm | $24-$44
The GRAMMY-award winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO), led by pianist, composer, and director Arturo O’Farrill, brings together the drama of big band jazz, the culture of Latin music, and the virtuosity of eighteen of the world’s most accomplished solo musicians.

*lineup subject to change without notice

Sunday, September 16

White Plains Jazz & Food Festival

Mamaroneck Avenue at Main Street
Noon – 5:30pm

Pete Malinverni & the SUNY Purchase Jazz All-Stars | Noon – 12:45pm

Jay Hoggard Quartet | 1:05 – 1:50pm
Born and raised in Mount Vernon (NY), internationally acclaimed vibraphonist Jay Hoggard leads his ensemble through explorations of swing, bop, straight ahead jazz, the avant-gard and beyond.

Samba New York! | 2:10 – 3pm
An internationally recognized samba company, Samba New York! has helped to change the culture of New York City and beyond through the joyful music and dance of Brazil.

Lakecia Benjamin & Soulsquad | 3:30 – 4:10pm
Charismatic and dynamic saxophonist/bandleader Lakecia Benjamin’s electric stage presence and fiery sax work, has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, The Roots, Macy Gray and many others. She brings the soul and funk up to a feverish putch that’s guaranteed to keep crowds dancing day or night.

Marquis Hill Blacktet | 4:30-5:30pm
Chicago native trumpter and composer Marquis Hill is widely recignized as one of the preeminent voices on the instrucments of his generation. Winner of the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition, Hill has described as “a dauntingly skilled trumpeter” (New York Times) whose “music crystallizes the hard-hitting, hard-swinging spirit of Chicago jazz” (Chicago Tribune).

Plus, JazzFest is pleased to welcome Feeding Westchester’s Empty Bowls event (sponsored by Stop & Shop) to downtown White Plains from noon – 5:30pm to help raise awareness for Hunger Action Month.  Stop by their booth to learn more about their services and programs and to select your very own hand-made artisan bowl.

*lineup subject to change without notice

Thank You to the Jazz Fest 2018 Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor

Contributing Sponsors

Apple Bank • Empire City Casino • Admiral Real Estate • Cappelli Organization • Faros Properties and Caspi Development • Peckham Industries, Inc. •
Sterling National Bank • LCOR, The Continuum