23rd Annual Dobbs Ferry Summer Music Series
Eight free Wednesday evenings • No tickets needed
Enjoy the concerts at Waterfront Park on the Hudson River in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Begun in 2000, Jazz Forum Arts’ longest running series features an eclectic array of artists and groups.
Appreciative audiences gather early for our Early Childhood Educational Jitterbugs events and to picnic and enjoy this magnificent setting and the top-flight groups performing at the water’s edge while the sun sets over the Palisades.
July 5 – August 23
Waterfront Park 2023 Summer Concert Schedule
July 5: Akiko Tsuruga Organ Quartet
Jazz Times calls Akiko Tsuruga “the real deal.” Listeners certainly agree. Now based in New York, the Osaka, Japan native’s 10 albums have all made Top 10 on the jazz charts.
She tours internationally and throughout the U.S. Downbeat magazine’s Critics Poll named Akiko 2020’s Rising Star on the organ.
July 12: Bill Goodwin Quartet
Called “the greatest jazz drummer you’ve never heard of,” Bill Goodwin has performed with countless jazz giants beginning at age 17 with Charles Lloyd.
He’s been Phil Woods’ drummer (and record producer) for decades, earning several Grammy Awards and was also a Grammy nominee for one of his own albums.
July 19: John Lang & Earotica 9-piece Ensemble
A gifted and dedicated musician, longtime New York bassist John Lang has mastered many musical styles and his Earotica jazz nonet has featured some of the region’s best players.
This gig will preview Earotica’s first album release, set for August, with 10 exciting new compositions performed by top talents.
July 26: Frank Perowsky Quartet
What a career! Veteran NYC-based saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and arranger Frank Perowsky has worked with some of music’s greatest: Frank Sinatra, Billy Eckstine, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Mel Torme, Stan Getz, Jimmy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Tito Rodriguez, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Band, and 35 years with Liza Minnelli’s band.
August 2: Vanessa Falabella - Direct from Brazil!
Vanessa Falabella’s passionate voice captures the wonders, woes and mysteries of love in two languages – Portuguese from her homeland, and English.
Voted Best Brazilian Singer in the US by Brazil’s press, her creamy mezzo was called “the perfect vehicle” for the music on her critically acclaimed 2018 album Loving Whisper.
AUGUST 9: ERENA TERAKUBO QUARTET
A rising young star, Erena Terakubo is a multi-talented saxophonist, flutist, clarinetist, composer and arranger from Sapporo, Japan.
She’s released six albums, her 2010 debut while still in high school. Erena has played leading clubs, theaters and festivals worldwide, as well as International Jazz Day at the UN’s General Assembly.
AUGUST 16: TONY DAVIS & THE BONANZA
Famed jazz guitarist Peter Bernstein calls Tony Davis “one of the bright lights of the next generation.” Son of trombonist Steve Davis, Tony is among the most unique voices on guitar today.
Inspired by jazz, classical, Latin, blues, rock and R&B, he performs at NYC’s top venues and major festivals.
AUGUST 23: ED CHERRY QUARTET
Aficionados have long known that Ed Cherry deserves a spot among the truly great jazz guitarists.
He’s partnered with Paquito D’Rivera, Roy Hargrove, Jon Faddis and many others – most notably, Dizzy Gillespie, with whom he played for 15 years in Dizzy’s various groups, including The Grammy-winning United Nation Orchestra.