2020 JazzFest Goes Virtual With a Week of Free Programs!

Tuesday, Sept. 8 – Friday, Sept. 11, 2020

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Jazz up your calendar with the 2020 Virtual JazzFest White Plains! This year, we are combining the spirit of ArtsWestchester’s annual ArtsBash with our week-long JazzFest program.

For its ninth year, JazzFest remains true to its roots, presenting jazz from an outstanding roster of Westchester and NYC musicians. From our ArtsBash Virtual Mixology Party on September 8 to a unique series of online JazzFest events through Sept.11, we’ll celebrate established jazz greats who have shaped the genre, as well as rising stars who are carrying jazz in new directions. Virtual programs will be held on Zoom and livestreamed on Facebook Live.

Restuarants in downtown White Plains are offering special JazzFest deals. Pick up a meal while you tune in to White Plains JazzFest! Complete details available here: https://wpbid.com/jazzfest

Subscribe to our free weekly e-newsletter here: artsw.org/subscribe to receive updates on our 2020 JazzFest programs. And, check out the 2020 JazzFest Schedule below!

A partnership between ArtsWestchester, the City of White Plains and the White Plains BID, JazzFest has become a signature White Plains event presenting free and affordable jazz experiences to jazz enthusiasts from Westchester and beyond. Support from our sponsors and from music lovers in any amount helps support future JazzFest programs.

ArtsWestchester, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization in New York with charitable solicitation registration in all required states. Our Federal ID number is 13-2604827.

Enjoy a Week of Jazz Happenings!

Tuesday, September 8

4:30-5:30pm | An ARTSBASH Virtual Mixology Party Kicks Off JazzFest 2020!

Presented by ArtsWestchester
This free event will be presented via ZOOM. Reservations are required.

Join us at a unique virtual cocktail hour and experience two of your favorite things – tasty Jägermeister cocktails and live jazz music by The Rico Jones Trio. Since we can’t gather at our favorite bar, ArtsBash brings the bar, the mixologist and the music to you.

6pm | Presenting Jazz in the time of COVID-19

Presented by ArtsWestchester, City of White Plains, and the WPBID
This free event will be presents via Zoom and Facebook Live

Join us for a discussion between some of Westchester’s top jazz presenters/producers. This conversation will focus on the history of these institutions/venues and the creative ways in which they are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Featuring:
Mark Morganelli | Jazz Forum
John Brathwaite | PJS Jazz
Elizabeth Sander | The Westchester Center for Jazz & Contemporary Music
Wayne Bass | White Plains Commissioner of Recreation & Parks
*list in formation

8pm | Westchester Jazz: Then and Now

Presented by the White Plains Public Library and ArtsWestchester
This free event will be presented via Zoom and Facebook Live

Show your Westchester pride by tuning in to this program that features jazz artists who have deep roots and ties to Westchester County. The program will include short performances by each of the artists and a moderated discussion about the history and development of jazz in Westchester.

Moderated by Tom van Buren, White Plains Jazz Fest Artistic Directory (2010-2017)

Featuring:
Art Bennett | Sax
Kathryn Farmer | Piano and Voice
Kenny Lee | Trumpet
Rocky Middleton | Bass
*list in formation

Wednesday, September 9

12noon | Isabella Mendes & Flavio Lira Duo

Presented by Downtown Music at Grace
This free event will be presented via Zoom and Facebook Live

Isabella Mendes is a singer-songwriter, pianist, composer and educator whose work is rooted in Brazilian jazz and bossa nova. Flavio Lira explores the musical traditions of Brazil, Cuba and Colombia. Together, the two will present a special all-originals set, during this midday performance.

6pm | Jazz Education in Westchester

Presented by White Plains Public Library and ArtsWestchester
This free event will be presented via Zoom and Facebook Live

Enjoy an intimate conversation between Westchester’s top jazz instructors as they delve into topics such as their personal histories in education, the development of local institutions of jazz learning, and a discussion of COVID-19 and its impact on teaching jazz inside and outside the classroom. The program will include short performances by each of the artists.

Featuring:
Tim Veeder | White Plains High School
Ray Blue | Cross-Cultural Connection
Hiroshi Yamazaki | Music Conservatory of Westchester

8pm | Jazz, From One Generation to the Next

presented by ArtsWestchester, City of White Plains and White Plains BID
This free event will be presented via Facebook Live

A discussion between master jazz artists and their mentees will delve into the topics of intergenerational exchange and transmission in jazz education. The moderated program will also include short live performances by each master-mentee pair.

Moderated by Pete Malinverni, Purchase College

Featuring:
Alexis Cole and Lucy Wijnands
Bobby Sanabria and Gabrielle Garo
Ulysses Owens Jr. and Aaron Jennings

Thursday, September 10

8pm | Jazz at the Intersections

Presented by ArtsWestchester, City of White Plains & White Plains BID
This free event will be presented via Zoom and Facebook Live

These featured artists are pushing the boundaries of jazz by engaging musical traditions alongside and outside the genre. Live demonstrations and performances by each of these artists, as well as a moderated discussion, will introduce audiences to the world of jazz fusion.

Featured Artists:
Amir ElSaffar | Arabic music and jazz
Jomion & the Uklos | West African/Carribean music and jazz
Pablo Mayor | Columbian music and jazz

Friday, September 11

8pm | Jazz’s Rising Stars

Presented by ArtsWestchester, City of White Plains & White Plains BID
This free event will be presented via Zoom and Facebook Live

Discover some of the top young jazz musicians playing in the United States. This virtual gathering will include short live performances by each of the four featured artists, as well as a moderated discussion about what it’s like to be a young rising star in jazz today.

Moderated by Keanna Faircloth, WBGO

Featured Artists:
Connie Han | Piano
Matthew Whitaker | Piano
Veronica Swift | Voice
Alicia Olatuja | Voice

Just Announced! Weekend Jazz Lunch

For reservations:

Saturday, Sept. 12
Noon: Hudson Grille | 169 Mamaroneck Avenue, (914) 977-5600
2pm: The Brazen Fox | 175 Mamaroneck Avenue, (914) 358-5911

Sunday, Sept. 13
2pm: Via Garibaldi | 1 N Broadway, (914) 468-1888

Incidental outdoor jazz while you dine at participating restaurants. Dining minimum applies per person. Masks must be worn when not seated. “

White Plains restaurant specials are available for takeout and delivery!
More info at https://wpbid.com/jazzfest

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