New Urban Jazz

Live@ArtsWestchester presents the Fourth Annual NewUrbanJazz™  Series highlighting  the talents four Westchester-based artists, which kicks off on March 9.

ArtsWestchester and NewUrbanJazz also continue their collaboration celebrating and promoting the work of current jazz artists in Westchester County with the release of a new double album recorded in ArtsWestchester’s Grand Banking Room gallery in the last season by Pianist/Arranger Dennis Bell and Vocalist Lynette Washington.

Working in collaboration with guest curator, jazz pianist, composer and radio and music producer Bob Baldwin, ArtsWestchester continues to celebrate the life and local talents of this great American art form through the work of Westchester County’s own masters of the form.

“It’s an honor to collaborate with my friends and associates at ArtsWestchester to develop a music series that showcases the great talent of the County of Westchester.  It would be a disservice to call them local artists. It would be better to say that they are national artists who happen to live locally,” says Baldwin, a  Mt. Vernon native. “It’s about developing a music scene from the inside out, not vice-versa, and we are doing our part to ensure that they receive the notoriety they all deserve.”

2013 NewUrbanJazz Concerts Series:

Opening event:

Saturday, March 9th, 8PM at the White Plains Performing Arts Center:  
Contemporary Jazz mixed with Brazilian rhythms inspired by Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Herbie Hancock

Bob Baldwin (piano) joined by Wali Ali, (Guitar), Emedin Rivera (percussion), Thierry Arpino (drums) and Dave Anderson (bass).

Tickets: $25 adults; $15 students (22 & younger) available at


At ArtsWestchester

Saturday, March 23rd, 8:00 PM

Fred-Smith, Photography by Sheldon Pollack

Fred Smith and the Masters of Swing: When Harlem was King and the Music was Swing Street and Broadway.  

 Westchester’s own trumpet master, jazz educator and former director of the Harlem Blues and Jazz band bring his quartet to ArtsWestchester for an evening a classic swing.  Featuring Tom Kohl (piano), Bill Crow, (bass), and Earl Williams, (drums).  



Saturday, April 6th, 8:00 PM
The Gerry Malkin Jazz Collective
with Dave Kikoski

 All star ensemble performs music of the classic era of mid twentieth Century jazz from Miles Davis to John Coltrane.  With Gerry Malkin (tenor Saxophone), Chris Morrison (guitar), Mike McGuirk (bass), and Bobby Leonard (drums) and special guest, Grammy Award winner, Pianist Dave Kikoski


Sunday, April 28th, 3:00 PM
Jazz & Poetry Choir Collective

2:00 Open poetry reading with RSVP to 914-428-4220 x 329.
3:00 Performance

Blue Door Gallery resident poet Golda Solomon and musical director and Michael T.A. Thompson lead a choir of poets / musicians, featuring E.J. Antonio, Phylisha Villanueva, Sarah Bernstein (violin), Rosie Hertlein (violin), Will Connell, Jr. (reeds), and Larry Roland (bass).The J&PCCPCCPCC members bring experience, narrative and playfulness to the concert stage taking the art of spoken word, fused with jazz, to a new level. Presented in association with the Blue Door Gallery and the Greenburgh Arts and Culture Committee.


 May 3rd, Friday, 8:00 PM
An evening of Piedmont Blues with Phil Wiggins

Blues harmonica master Phil Wiggins makes a rare appearance in Westchester, accompanied by local rising stars of the east coast ‘Piedmont’ acoustic blues tradition, Toby Walker, guitar and the Piedmont Bluz duo, featuring Valerie & Ben Turner, guitars, percussion and vocals.  

 Presented by the ArtsWestchester Folk Arts Program, in association with Frank Matheis, publisher of


Saturday, May 4th, 8:00 PM
Lewis and Kirk Music Present:

SAGE, all-women’s jazz, blues and contemporary ensemble, with Lakecia Benjamin (saxophone), Miki Hayama  (piano), Kersten Stevens  (violin), Miriam Sullivan (bass), Camille Thurman ( flute & vocals),  and Shirazette Tinnen (drums).

Andrea and James Rohlehr

Soul Synergy Review

*Admission: $25 at the door, $20 in advance


Admission to all concerts at ArtsWestchester except April 13th:  $20 at the door, $15 in advance online. 

Complementary wine (21 and over) provided courtesy of Pernod Ricard


To view past New Urban Jazz Performances, click here



NewUrbanJazz was featured in The New York Times:

Stretching Out, Close to Home
By Phillip Lutz
Published: February 3, 2012

NewUrbanJazz, now in its third season, is gaining traction with audiences, and the word is out among local artists of national stature that the concert series is a useful forum for delving into formats they don’t often explore…  To continue reading the article >>>> click here.



NewUrbanJazz is part of the Live@ArtsWestchester 2012-2013 program.
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