Past New Urban Jazz Performances

2012 NewUrbanJazz Concerts Series:

Saturday, February 4 @ 8pm
NewUrbanJazz: Hiroshi Yamazaki Quartet
Pianist on the Music Conservatory of Westchester Jazz faculty leads his quartet in an evening of original compositions and interpretations of the jazz repertoire. With Steve LaSpina (bass) and Tony Jefferson (drums). 

Saturday, February 25 @ 8pm
NewUrbanJazz: Vaneese Thomas
One of the great voices of our time and soul sister of the first rank, the daughter of R&B pioneer Rufus Thomas, Vaneese has brought her virtuoso vocal styling to hundreds of recordings. She will perform with her full band.

Saturday, March 3 @ 8pm
NewUrbanJazz: Tony Jefferson Quartet
Acclaimed singer, multi-instrumentalist leads his own quartet on vocals with James Weidman (Piano), Richie Goods (Bass),  Alvester Garnett (Drums) and special guest Jay Hoggard (vibraphone).

Saturday, March 17 @ 8pm
NewUrbanJazz: The John Patitucci Trio
Rivertowns jazz master, Grammy award winning bassist extraordinaire for Chick Corea and Wayne Shorter performs with his trio, featuring Jon Cowherd (piano) and Adam Cruz (drums).

CD Release:  Live at the X: Lynette Washington / Dennis Bell Jazz NY

ArtsWestchester celebrates double CD release of a live recording by Grammy Nominee Lynette Washington /Dennis Bell Jazz NY, made right in our Grand Banking Room gallery in January of 2011.  Acclaimed jazz singer Washington and arranger ad Composer Bell have participated for two seasons in our NewUrbanJazz concert series, which highlighted the musical accomplishments of Westchester based jazz artists.  The jazz program, founded in 2009 with support from the New York State Council on the arts has developed into an annual series of four to six concerts.   On January 22, 2011, Lynette Washington and Dennis Bell Jazz NY performed a stunning program of the music that inspires them, including an entire set dedicated to Miles Davis’ signature period during the 1950s and early 60s.  Washington’s set featured a vocal repertoire that inspires her from the work of jazz vocal masters Sarah Vaughn, Shirley Horn and Carmen McRae.  The recording was made by students from the Music Technology Program of the White Plains campus of Mercy College where Dennis Bell is an adjunct instructor.  ArtsWestchester is proud to have presented these current masters of jazz in concert and help make possible the recording of this fine double album.
The double CD album may be purchased at the ArtsWestchester gallery or online at
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