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Jul
17
Wed
Victor Jones Quartet
Jul 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Victor JonesInternationally recognized for his consistent, subtle and stylish drumming on stage and in the studio, Victor Jones is known as an innovator who is not afraid to bring together different styles and sounds. He has played on hundreds of recordings, played hundreds of live concerts and performed in clubs everywhere on this planet, often as a backing musician for a variety of well-known artists.

For the past five years Victor has been recording and performing with his own group, effortlessly blending Hip Hop, Urban Soul, Modern Jazz and Funk. Victor Jones is a leader that understands and plays with every facet of great American Music and popular art forms.

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Jul
18
Thu
Jason Miles -Kind Of New- Electric Quartet @ Lyndhurst
Jul 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Jason Miles

Jason is an American jazz drummer and percussionist and the son of pianist and music educator Ellis Marsalis and his wife Dolores, and the youngest sibling of Wynton, Branford and Delfeayo. Together, the four brothers and their patriarch Ellis, comprise New Orleans venerable first family of jazz. In 2009, the Marsalis Family received the NEA Jazz Masters award. With each passing year Jason Marsalis continues to grow and develop as both a composer and performer.

With a fire in his heart and a passion for the music, his will to swing has never been more resolute. The maturity and the command he possesses over his music is clearly evident to those who have heard or seen him.

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Jul
19
Fri
Roland Vazquez Sextet – Latin Jazz!
Jul 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Roland Vazquez

Throughout his 20 years performing in NYC, composer and drummer Roland Vazquez has developed a “funky-salsa-bebop” style with unique compositions for quintet, octet and big band. As a member of Clare Fischer’s band “Salsa Picante”, Vasquez played on the group’s Grammy-winning “Salsa Picante 2+2.”

As jazz faculty at Manhattan School of Music and the University of Michigan, he taught ensembles, jazz composition, and “Music of the Afro Latin Diaspora”. Roland also received a grant from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music to record “The Visitor” (2009) featuring his all-star NYC jazz orchestra.

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Jul
24
Wed
I Anbassa & The Word. Sound. Power. Movement. – Reggae Meets Jazz!
Jul 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

I AnbassaI Anbassa delivers high energy, all original World Reggae grounded in Rastafarian roots music, laced with rock, funk, and afro-beat. Bringing forward a fresh, new and infectious sound, he ignites on stage with intuitive hooks and bubbling rhythms that instantly get the crowd moving and singing along. His songs promote self-awareness, consciousness, positivity and, above all, Jah love. Based out of Southern Connecticut, I Anbassa to date, has played with Morgan Heritage, Ras Denroy Morgan, Steel Pulse, Stephen Marley, the Mighty Diamonds, Beres Hammond, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Tribal Seeds, Lettuce, Deep Banana Blackout and more!.

I Anbassa has headlined many sold-out shows around CT, including Toad’s Place in New Haven, and has played at many events and festivals in and around the tri-state area. He has also been featured live on internet webcasts and TV and Radio stations, reaching fans nationally and in Jamaica and Africa. I Anbassa has performed at many non-profit events, and has so far spearheaded two successful Hope for Haiti benefits.

I Anbassa was voted “Best Reggae Band” in 2010, 2011, and 2012 in the Fairfield Weekly’s Connecticut Grand Band Slam Awards. In February 2019, he released his debut recording with the Black Eagles Band produced by Ras Denroy Morgan of Morgan Heritage: “Sweet Kali Herb” for Asaph Records and Taub Talent (All Rights Reserved).

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Jul
25
Thu
Jenie Thai – Direct from Canada @ Lyndhurst
Jul 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Jenie Thai

Born in Chang Mai, Thailand to travelling musicians, Jenie Thai was introduced to music at an early age. She started taking piano lessons when she was 5 years old, began performing at many festivals and camps during her teenage years. In 2008, she attended Grant Macewan University’s jazz and contemporary music programme as a performance major.

In 2013 she released her first full length album, Over The Moon, which helped earn her nominations for Edmonton Music Awards as “Artist to Watch” and “Female Artist of the Year”. On July 25th, come watch Jenie Thai perform barrelhouse piano and original songs with her band at Lyndhurst!

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Jul
26
Fri
Kirk MacDonald Quartet
Jul 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Kirk MacDonald

With an established reputation as one of Canada’s leading saxophonists, Kirk MacDonald cut his first record at the age of thirteen. Throughout his career, he has received numerous awards, and has worked with many leading musicians in a variety of musical genres. He has performed on over fifty CDs as both leader and sideman, and has participated in numerous national broadcast recordings for CBC Radio.

In addition to performing extensively throughout Canada, he has also performed in the USA, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Holland, Monaco, Australia, Korea, Bermuda, and the Bahamas. Come see Kirk and his quartet play live at Pierson Park July 26th!

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Jul
29
Mon
Amaro Freitas Quartet – Brazilian Jazz @ Henry Gourdine Park
Jul 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Amaro Freitas

In the sweltering North-Eastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco lies the coastal city of Recife, where Amaro Freitas is pioneering sounds of Brazilian jazz. For the young pianist, the spirit of his hometown runs deep. From the Afro-Brazilian maracatu, born on the sugar plantations of slavery, to the high-intensity carnival rhythms of frevo and baião, Amaro’s heavily percussive approach to jazz is as indebted to these Pernambuco traditions as it is to Coltrane, Parker and Monk.

Amaro began playing piano in church, aged 12 under the instruction of his father, who was leader of the church band. By the age of 22 Amaro was resident pianist at the jazz bar Mingus and one of the most sought-after pianists in Recife. Come watch Amaro and his quartet play homestyle Brazilian jazz July 29th at Henry Gourdine Park!

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Jul
31
Wed
ZT Amplifiers present Vic Juris, Dave Stryker & Charlie Apicella
Jul 31 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

ZT Amplifiers present Vic Juris, Dave Stryker & Charlie ApicellaClassic jazz guitar tone and phrasing are the cornerstone of Charlie’s playing. He is the leader of the organ trio Iron City and has produced three of the band’s recordings. He has published lessons for DownBeat and Just Jazz Guitar magazines and hosts his own private lesson teaching website.

His straight-ahead sound has him among the first call as an accompanist for vocalists and his Freddie Green-style rhythm guitar playing keeps him in constant demand for big bands. Charlie Apicella is an Eastman Guitars Featured Artist, a Guild Guitars Sponsored Artist, and a ZT Amplifiers Official Artist, and a regular contributor to Vintage Guitar Magazine’s YouTube channel. He’ll collaborate with two Modern Guitar Masters, Vic Juris & Dave Stryker.

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Aug
1
Thu
Camila Meza @ Lyndhurst
Aug 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Camila Meza

Vocalist/guitarist/composer Camila Meza is an accomplished artist. Camila Meza, originally from Santiago, Chile, has garnered rapt attention from her colleagues, the press, and audiences in South America, New York City, and internationally, for her distinctive ability in blending jazz with her broad musical world, and for the emotional depth of her music.

This rising star has been described by The New York Times as, “a bright young singer and guitarist with an ear for music of both folkloric and pop intention.” Meza has worked with Ryan Keberle, Fabian Almazan, Aaron Goldberg, Sachal Vasandani, and many others.

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Aug
2
Fri
Vanessa Racci – Jazz Italian Style! Ferragosto Celebration
Aug 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Vanessa Racci

Vanessa was never a stranger to jazz; her grandfather’s cousin was Tony Mottola, a studio guitarist who played on thousands of albums and in the Tonight show orchestra. After starting singing at the age of 4, she gathered the pop-jazz standards she knew and learned many more, presenting solo shows throughout Manhattan and Westchester. In 2012, Vanessa became a finalist in the MetroStar Talent Challenge. The following year she brought her own show to the Metropolitan Room. New York Cabaret Today called her “a star on the rise.”

Now living in Tarrytown, New York, Vanessa maintains a growing performance schedule. Last year’s highlights included a fundraiser at the Italian American Museum in New York to aid victims of the summer earthquake in central Italy; Oscar-nominated actor Chazz Palminteri hosted the event. Come see her perform her Italian-American Jazz August 2nd at Pierson Park!

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Aug
6
Tue
Mark Morganelli & The Jazz Forum All-Stars @ Horan’s Landing Park
Aug 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Mark Morganelli

Mark Morganelli & The Jazz Forum All-Stars Celebrate Brasil! Double-CD featuring Eddie Monteiro & Nanny Assis.

About the Double-CD Brasil!
Contemporary interpretations of Brazilian classics by flugelhornist Mark Morganelli & The Jazz Forum All-Stars. Recorded at The Jazz Forum in NY with Brazilian Musicians, Brasil! featuring 2 CDs with 28 tracks by 10 different Brazilian composers. This is Mark Morganelli’s fifth CD as leader.

“As a master musician, Mark Morganelli has used his gifts as a soloist, band leader and tour guide to bring you to Brasil and Brasil to you, with this classic new album of musical gems. Each song is a treasure. Listen to it over and over (I have done so five times already). Your kids will love it too!”
– David Amram, Composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist and author

CDs will be available for purchase on location. Buy CD Online Here.

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Aug
7
Wed
Mia Brazilian Jazz Ensemble
Aug 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Mia BraziliaMia was inspired to sing jazz by artists who use their voice as instruments. When she first heard Bobby McFerrin sing, she felt a playful and adventuresome improviser lived in her as well. Study with Jay Clayton, Janet Lawson and Rhiannon and Bobby gave her the tools to take the stage as an improvising jazz vocalist.

Her love of Brazilian music led to study with Brazilian master vocalist Luciana Souza. Mia has found the perfect match for her warm voice and soulful singing in Brazilian jazz, bringing beauty, improvisation and earthy groove together in perfect harmony.

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Aug
8
Thu
James Weidman Quartet @ Lyndhurst
Aug 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

James WeidmanJames Weidman is one of the most versatile pianists in the world of music. He performed for many years with Abbey Lincoln and currently performs with Joe Lovano, among many others. Well known for his versatility, he is hailed as “unfailingly lyrical,” “convivially assertive,” and “exquisite.” A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Weidman was born into a musical family, learning jazz from his saxophonist-bandleading father at age seven.

At 14 he was playing organ in his father’s band. Weidman has been a welcome presence on myriad bandstands, including the world’s major venues and festivals; just a partial listing includes the Montreux, Monterey, Newport, North Sea and JVC Jazz Festivals, Carnegie Hall, Birdland, Blue Note, Sweet Basil, Village Vanguard, Iridium and Jazz Standard.

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Aug
9
Fri
Frank Lacy Quartet – Birthday Celebration!
Aug 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Frank LacyDuring the ’80s and ’90s, trombonist Frank Lacy, straddled the fence between avant-garde and mainstream forms. Lacy can count Dizzy Gillespie and Abdullah Ibrahim among the prominent leaders for whom he’s worked. Indeed, Lacy spent a year-and-a-half as music director for Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and played with Bobby Watson’s Horizon band, which says everything about his bop credentials.

Lacy was born and raised in Houston, TX. He came from a musical family; his father was a teacher and a guitarist and his mother was a gospel singer. Lacy began taking piano lessons at the age of eight and took up the trombone soon after. Lacy attended Berklee School of Music in Boston, where he met and jammed with Branford Marsalis, Greg Osby, and Marvin “Smitty” Smith. Frank was featured on Roy Hargrove’s Grammy-winning CD, Habana.

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Aug
12
Mon
Noriko Ueda Quartet @ Henry Gourdine Park
Aug 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Noriko Ueda

Noriko Ueda is originally from Hyogo, Japan, and currently residents in Brooklyn, NY. Her musical background consists of studying classical piano since the age of 4, playing electric bass since the age of 16, studying classical voice at the Osaka College of Music where she received a diploma, and finally, at age 19, started playing the upright bass which is currently her main instrument.

She was a B.E.S.T. scholarship recipient and majored in Jazz Composition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston where she graduated in 1997. Noriko relocated to NY, where she has performed, toured and recorded with various groups including the legendary Frank Wess Quintet and Nonet, Ted Rosenthal Trio, Harry Whitaker band, DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Five Play and Diva Jazz Trio.

She leads her own big band, Noriko Ueda Jazz Orchestra which performs her original compositions and arrangements and is the winner of the third annual BMI Foundation/Charlie Parker Jazz composition Prize for her original big band piece “Castle in the North”.

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Aug
13
Tue
Mark Morganelli & The Jazz Forum All-Stars @ Horan’s Landing Park
Aug 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Mark Morganelli

Mark Morganelli & The Jazz Forum All-Stars Celebrate Brasil! Double-CD featuring Eddie Monteiro & Nanny Assis.

About the Double-CD Brasil!
Contemporary interpretations of Brazilian classics by flugelhornist Mark Morganelli & The Jazz Forum All-Stars. Recorded at The Jazz Forum in NY with Brazilian Musicians, Brasil! featuring 2 CDs with 28 tracks by 10 different Brazilian composers. This is Mark Morganelli’s fifth CD as leader.

“As a master musician, Mark Morganelli has used his gifts as a soloist, band leader and tour guide to bring you to Brasil and Brasil to you, with this classic new album of musical gems. Each song is a treasure. Listen to it over and over (I have done so five times already). Your kids will love it too!”
– David Amram, Composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist and author

CDs will be available for purchase on location. Buy CD Online Here.

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Aug
14
Wed
Chiara Izzi Quartet
Aug 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Chiara IzziAward-winning Italian singer, songwriter Chiara Izzi has been described by Jazz Times as “a talent to be heard, admired and anticipated”. She started her musical path in Italy by learning to play the piano and performing very early. Chiara’s sound is based on her own unique interpretation of a fusion of different genres, including jazz, pop and Mediterranean sounds.

Chiara’s International debut took place at the Montreux Jazz Festival Vocal Competition in 2011, where she was awarded first prize by the living musical legend Quincy Jones. Following this award the vocalist was invited to open for Paco de Lucìa’s concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2012. She is currently living in New York and performs regularly around the city.

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Aug
15
Thu
ott Reeves Jazz Orchestra @ Lyndhurst
Aug 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Scott Reeves Jazz OrchestraScott Reeves is a trombonist, alto flugelhornist, composer, arranger, author, and college jazz educator. A Chicago native, he attended Indiana University where he received his B.M. in trombone and his M.M. in jazz studies.

Over the years he has studied improvisation with David Baker, Woody Shaw, and Kenny Werner; arranging with Manny Albam, Mike Abene, Jim McNeely and Mike Holober; and trombone with Thomas Beversdorf, Lewis Van Haney and Dennis Smith. Reeves has been teaching jazz at the university level and currently teaches at The City College of New York, CUNY, where he holds the rank of tenured Full Professor.

Scott previously held positions at the Juilliard School and the University of Southern Maine. His Orchestra will feature Steve Wilson, sax and Carolyn Leonhart, vocals.

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Aug
16
Fri
Felix Pastorius’ Hipster Assasins
Aug 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Felix PastoriusFelix Pastorius is a rising young, yet accomplished bassist. The son of bassist Jaco Pastorius, Felix began playing bass guitar, at age 10, inspired by Flea, Les Claypool and Victor Wooten. Upon attending a Wooten Bass Camp at 19, Felix was recommended by Victor for the bass slot in Jeff Coffin’s Mu’tet.

Three albums later, Felix had fleshed out his surging style on 5- and 6-string bass, leading to stints with Cindy Blackman and his own steady gig at the Zinc Bar in New York City. In late 2011, Felix auditioned for and landed the bass chair with Grammy-winning jazz mainstay, the Yellowjackets, at last providing an international platform for his forward-thinking fretboard work.

Come listen to Felix Pastorius’ Hipster Assassins August 16th in Pierson Park!

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Aug
20
Tue
Mark Morganelli & The Jazz Forum All-Stars @ Horan’s Landing Park
Aug 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Mark Morganelli

Mark Morganelli & The Jazz Forum All-Stars Celebrate Brasil! Double-CD featuring Eddie Monteiro & Nanny Assis.

About the Double-CD Brasil!
Contemporary interpretations of Brazilian classics by flugelhornist Mark Morganelli & The Jazz Forum All-Stars. Recorded at The Jazz Forum in NY with Brazilian Musicians, Brasil! featuring 2 CDs with 28 tracks by 10 different Brazilian composers. This is Mark Morganelli’s fifth CD as leader.

“As a master musician, Mark Morganelli has used his gifts as a soloist, band leader and tour guide to bring you to Brasil and Brasil to you, with this classic new album of musical gems. Each song is a treasure. Listen to it over and over (I have done so five times already). Your kids will love it too!”
– David Amram, Composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist and author

CDs will be available for purchase on location. Buy CD Online Here.

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Aug
21
Wed
Dave Reiss & Friends
Aug 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Dave Reiss & FriendsDave Reiss & Friends takes the language of the blues on a journey through the rhythms and cultures of the world. The band features originals and arrangements of classics by legends such as Charles Mingus and Miles Davis.

Led by Dave Reiss on guitar, the quintet focuses on harmonious group improvisation off of songs ranging from Soul to Jazz to Reggae to Middle Eastern.

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Aug
22
Thu
Houston Person Quartet @ Lyndhurst
Aug 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Houston Person QuartetHouston Person is an American jazz tenor saxophonist and record producer. Although he has performed in the hard bop and swing genres, he is most experienced in and best known for his work in soul jazz. Person is also known for his distinctive sassy sound and his expressive style of playing.

He received the Eubie Blake Jazz Award in 1982. There are more than 75 albums recorded by Houston Person as a bandleader, on Prestige and has most recently been recording on HighNote.

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Aug
23
Fri
Thierry Arpino Quartet
Aug 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Thierry ArpinoBorn in Paris, Thierry Arpino stands atop a family drumming lineage which spans four generations. His father introduced him to the drums at age of three. Thierry also studied classical percussion, piano and harmony. He is a graduate of St. Maur National Music Academy in France and continued his musical education at Berklee College Of Music in Boston where he was invited to study with big band master Herb Pomeroy and master drums teacher Bob Kaufman.

Thierry’s career has been punctuated by stints with such notables as Joe Beck, Larry Coryell, Bill Evans and Jean-Luc Ponty. Although much can be said of Thierry Arpino’s virtuosity, what remains unqualifiable and unquantifiable is the sheer joy he displays in each and every performance.

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Aug
27
Tue
Mark Morganelli & The Jazz Forum All-Stars @ Horan’s Landing Park
Aug 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Mark Morganelli

Mark Morganelli & The Jazz Forum All-Stars Celebrate Brasil! Double-CD featuring Eddie Monteiro & Nanny Assis.

About the Double-CD Brasil!
Contemporary interpretations of Brazilian classics by flugelhornist Mark Morganelli & The Jazz Forum All-Stars. Recorded at The Jazz Forum in NY with Brazilian Musicians, Brasil! featuring 2 CDs with 28 tracks by 10 different Brazilian composers. This is Mark Morganelli’s fifth CD as leader.

“As a master musician, Mark Morganelli has used his gifts as a soloist, band leader and tour guide to bring you to Brasil and Brasil to you, with this classic new album of musical gems. Each song is a treasure. Listen to it over and over (I have done so five times already). Your kids will love it too!”
– David Amram, Composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist and author

CDs will be available for purchase on location. Buy CD Online Here.

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Aug
29
Thu
Bird’s 99th Birthday Bash! Featuring Gary Smulyan @ Lyndhurst
Aug 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Gary SmulyanGary Smulyan is critically acclaimed across-the-board and recognized as the major voice on the baritone saxophone. His playing is marked by an aggressive rhythmic sense, an intelligent and creative harmonic approach — and perhaps most importantly – a strong and incisive wit.

He is a four-time winner of the Down Beat Critics and Readers Polls and a multiple winner of numerous other official polls including the Jazz Journalists Award for Baritone Saxophonist of the Year. He is a six-time GRAMMY award winner for his work with B.B. King, Joe Lovano, Dave Holland and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.

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