Jazz Fest 2018

Mark your calendars for Jazz Fest 2018 in the City of White Plains! 

Returning to the city of White Plains for its seventh year, 2018 Jazz Fest White Plains will be a five-day celebration of jazz for music lovers of all ages. This year’s festival will take place Sept. 12-16 at various venues throughout downtown White Plains. Stay tuned for our 2018 lineup…

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.

Awarded Best Jazz Festival by Westchester Magazine, Jazz Fest White Plains offers concerts at a variety of White Plains venues in a week-long celebration attracting area residents and visitors to the city.

Special Thanks to all our 2017 Sponsors and Community Partners.  Enjoy our thank you video:


If you Missed Last Year’s Jazz Fest White Plains,
Here’s a Look at our 2017 Concert Lineup


Wednesday, September 13:

  • Noon – Downtown Music at Grace Concert – A performance by the Hiroshi Yamazaki Ensemble with Glenda Davenport.
  • 12:30 – 2:30pm – Court Street Farmer’s Market – Live Jazz with the Art Bennett Quartet.
  • 6:00 – 11:00pm – White Plains Jazz Stroll: A sampling of local jazz talent in restaurants in downtown White Plains.
    • 6pm: Mediterraneo White Plains: 189 Main Street | 914-448-8800 | Albert Rivera Jazz Trio
    • 7pm: Morton’s The Steakhouse: 5 Mamaroneck Avenue | 914-683-6101 | Alexis Cole
    • 8pm: Pick & Roll Soul: 49 Mamaroneck Avenue | 914-437-7393 | Jeanne Ricks
    • 9pm: Ron Blacks Beer Hall: 181 Mamaroneck Avenue | 914-358-5811 | Open Jazz Mic hosted by Gil Parris


Thursday, September 14:
At ArtsWestchester
31 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY

One Ticket – Two Performances!

  • 7:30 – 9:30pm – Ray Blue Quintet – Peekskill based jazz tenor saxophonist and jazz educator brings his ensemble to ArtsWestchester’s gallery stage with a blend of classic jazz and original compositions.
  • 10:00pm – Midnight – Jazz Jam, led by Pianist/Composer and Head of the Jazz Studies at SUNY Purchase, Pete Malinverni. Open to all musicians.

Click here for more information about the Ray Blue Quintet and Pete Malinverni evening of concerts.
Friday, September 15:

At Galleria-White Plains | FREE
100 Main Street, White Plains, NY

    • 12:15pm – Jazz at the Galleria  – Enjoy a midday performance while you shop as Charlie Lagond and Kaleidoscope brighten your day with jazz fusion, world beat and funk music.

At ArtsWestchester
31 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY

    • 8:00pm – Pablo Mayor’s Folklore Urbano Septet – Versatile Colombian pianist and composer blends an exciting mix of traditional and contemporary South American musical styles into the jazz idiom with a core group from his acclaimed orchestra, Folklore Urbano.

Click here for more information about the Pablo Mayor’s Folklore Urbano Septet concert.

Saturday, September 16:
At White Plains Performing Arts Center
11 City Place, White Plains, NY

  • 8:00pm – The Paquito D’Rivera Quintet – Iconic Cuban American virtuoso of the clarinet and saxophone, composer and fourteen-time Grammy winner in both jazz and classical categories brings his unique blend of a global sensitivity to Jazz Fest.
    Visit the White Plains Performing Arts Center website.

Sunday, September 17: White Plains Jazz and Food Festival (Noon – 5:30pm), FREE
At the Jazz Fest Main Stage on Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY

  • NOON – 12:45pm – SUNY Purchase Jazz All-Stars (Details to come).
  • 1:00 – 1:50pm – Kenny Lee All Stars – White Plains’ own Kenny Lee (trumpet/ flugel horn) – straight ahead jazz.
  • 2:10 – 3:00pm – Steve Kroon Latin Jazz Sextet. Puerto Rican percussionist extraordinaire to jazz, Latin and R&B icons leads his Latin jazz ensemble through a dynamic blend of classic and original music.
  • 3:20 – 4:10pm – Sage. An all-women’s jazz, blues and contemporary ensemble, Sage creates a sound that transcends time and generation – part contemporary, part nostalgic and a whole lot of soul.
  • 4:30 – 5:30pm – Donald Harrison – From the birthplace of American Jazz, New Orleans based saxophonist, educator, and “Big Chief” brings the festival to a close with the spirit of Congo Square – where it all started.
  • For more information, click here.

Jazz Fest welcomed Food Bank for Westchester’s Empty Bowls event to downtown White Plains from noon – 5:30pm. As part of its Hunger Month campaign, The Food Bank of Westchester (FBW) sold artisan clay glazed bowls filled with a treats provided by Stop & Shop.  Proceeds benefited FBW.

Enjoy live interviews with Westchester musicians here presented by White Plains Library’s Oral History Project and ArtsWestchester.

Be sure to “like” us on facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/ArtsWestchester to get the latest news about Jazz Fest 2018 and other Westchester arts events.

If you are interested in becoming a 2018 Jazz Fest Sponsor, call Debbie Scates at 914.428.4220 x.315.


2017 Presenting Sponsors

Contributor Sponsors

Media SponsorsOfficial Hotel Sponsor

Community Sponsors

All New York Title InsuranceLoola Doola
Apple BankThe Ritz-Carlton, Westchester
Famous FamigliaRM Friedland Realty
Food Bank for Westchester, Inc.T-Mobile
Galleria White PlainsWebster Bank
Kimco Realty Corp.Westchester Business Center
LCOR, Inc.

*lists in formation

Performance Venues

Restaurant & Food Partners

Alex LoungeHastings Tea & Coffee
Buffalo Wild WingsHoly Crab
Gaucho Grill

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