September 11-15, 2019


Returning to the City of White Plains for its eighth year, 2019 JazzFest 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, JazzFest has become a signature White Plains event of free and affordable jazz performances attracting jazz enthusiasts from throughout Westchester and beyond.



Wednesday, September 11

Jazz Music
in the Afternoon

Noon | Nanny Assis Trio | Free
Downtown Music at Grace Church, 33 Church St.

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.


12:30pm | Kristina Koller | Free
Court Street Farmer’s Market, 59 Court St.

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*


5:30pm | Mediterraneo White Plains (189 Main St.) | Albert Rivera Quartet

Saxophonist Albert Rivera has toured North America and 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 The Steakhouse (5 Mamaroneck Ave.) | 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.) | Gilberto Colon Jr. & Ensalada De Pulpo

Gilberto “Pulpo” Colón Jr. is a pianist, composer, arranger, producer and band leader, best known for his role as Musical Director for salsa superstar Héctor Lavoe. Colón has worked & recorded with Latin music’s most popular artists including Pete ‘El Conde’ Rodríguez, Francisco ‘Kako’ Bastar, Louie Ramirez, and many more.

*Free admission to all venues.
*All performances subject to change without notice

Thursday, September 12

Jazz Music
in the Afternoon

12pm | Jazz at Noon: Eunha So Quartet | Free
White Plains Public Library Plaza, 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. Rain location: Library’s Community Room.

Keyon Harrold

6:30pm | Keyon Harrold | Free *
3rd Floor Lobby of City Center, White Plains

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. Due to weather forecast this event has been moved inside City Center, 3rd floor lobby.

*This performance is presented in partnership with City Center Summer Concert Series.

Jazz Night Out
at ArtsWestchester

Pete Malinverni

8pm | Pete Malinverni’s Jazz-Chester, feat. Ralph Lalama, Mikey Migliore and Aaron Seeber ($25)
ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Ave.

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. TICKETS AVAILABLE BY PHONE 914-428-4220 and AT THE DOOR,

10pm | Jazz Jam($10)
ArtsWestchester, 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. TICKETS AVAILABLE BY PHONE 914-428-4220 and AT THE DOOR,

Special thanks to Lagond Music School for their in-kind support fo this program.

Special Ticket Offer(s):
Thursday/Friday Night All Access Combo: $60.00 (includes Jazz-Chester, Jazz Jam, Joel Ross “Good Vibes” and Joel Ross “Good Vibes” ft. Melissa Aldana) Buy now!

Students with ID: $20.00 for Pete Malinverni’s Jazz-Chester at 8pm and Jazz Jam at 10pm – only available at the door.

*All performances subject to change without notice.

Friday, September 13

Jazz Music
in the Afternoon

Noon | Jazz at Noon: The Marcio Garcia Trio | Free
White Plains Public Library Plaza, 100 Martine Ave.

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.
Rain location: Library’s Community Room.


5pm | Kotoko Brass | Free
White Plains Plaza, 1 N. Broadway

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.

Jazz Night Out
at ArtsWestchester

Joel Ross

7:30pm | Joel Ross “Good Vibes” ($20 for one set | $35 for both 7:30 & 9pm)
ArtsWestchester, 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 perform 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. Tonight’s performance will feature ‘Good Vibes’ in a quintet formation. BUY TICKETS NOW!

9pm | Joel Ross “Good Vibes” feat. Melissa Aldana ($20 for one set | $35 for both 7:30 & 9pm)
ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Ave.

Melissa Aldana

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. BUY TICKETS NOW!

Special Ticket Offer(s):
Thursday/Friday Night All Access Combo: $60.00 (includes Jazz-Chester, Jazz Jam, Joel Ross “Good Vibes” and Joel Ross “Good Vibes” ft. Melissa Aldana) Buy now!

*all lineups subject to change without notice

Saturday, September 14

Jazz All Day

2pm | Jazz at the Galleria Youth Showcase | Free
Galleria White Plains, 100 Main St.

Drop by the Galleria and enjoy a musical showcase featuring Westchester’s top young jazz musicians. Groups include the Sleepy Hollow Jazz Combo with Austin Day, The Hoff-Barthelson Jazz Ensemble with Ed Palermo, and the Tim Veeder Quartet with students from the White Plains High School.

2pm | Hands-On Jazz for Families | Free
White Plains Public Library Plaza, 100 Martine Ave.

Join faculty from The Music Conservatory of Westchester for a participatory music event at the White Plains Public Library.
Rain location: Library’s Community Room.

Jazz Nite Out
at White Plains PAC

Emmet Cohen

8pm | Emmet Cohen Quartet feat. George Coleman & Jimmy Cobb
$29-44 | White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Place
Purchase Tickets

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.

*lineup subject to change without notice

Sunday, September 15

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

Lagond Music All-Stars

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

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

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

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

Two-time Grammy Award-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.

*RAIN OR SHINE. Festival will feature a selection of local restaurant vendors with food for sale. 
*Lineup subject to change without notice.
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Thank You to the JazzFest 2019 Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor


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All New York Title Agency, Inc. | BMW of Westchester | Bright Energy Services | Empire City Casino | Famous Famiglia Pizzeria | LMC, A Lennar Company | Macy’s | Party Line Rentals Sterling National Bank | Webster Bank | Westchester Business Center | White Plains Hospital