The Jazz Rabbi and featured special guests every week.
Presented by the Jazz Society of Fairfield County
The Jazz Society of Fairfield County (JazzFC) was incorporated as a not for profit corporation to enrich the cultural life of Fairfield County by promoting the performance and appreciation of Jazz music through the presentation of free or low cost concerts by accomplished artists, to outreach to under-served audiences, and to provide educational and performance opportunities for student, amateur and emerging professional musicians.
JazzFC is also committed to the maintenance and preservation of its historic 1937 Steinway Model M grand piano, purchased and restored by Westport’s jazz fans! Formerly the house piano at the famous Village Gate jazz club in New York City, it has been played by a long list of iconic jazz musicians and inspires JazzFC’s efforts,
Saxophonist Rabbi Greg Wall has been a driving force in helping create a vibrant jazz scene here in Westport since relocating here in 2013. Drawing on his connections to the brightest stars in the jazz universe, cultivated during his 35 year career as an international performing and recording artist, Greg curates a weekly series that would be the envy of any jazz club in the country. Greg is the Artistic Director of JazzFC, and a real rabbi!
Sets start at 6:30pm and 8:15pm
Kenny Wessel Quartet
Kenny Wessel, known throughout the world for his adventurous solo voice, unrelenting swing, and sensitive accompaniment skills, has become an audience favorite here at Thursday Night Jazz. Kenny and I have been playing together since the early nineties. He is the rare blend of tradition and fiery innovation-it doesn’t get any better!
With Mike McGuirk on bass and Tim Horner on drums, there won’t be a still foot in the joint!
Sets start at 6:30pm and 8:15pm
Micky Golomb Tribute and Memorial Concert
He enjoyed a long career as a saxophonist, chiefly tenor, working steadily in jazz bands, ensembles, and the occasional big band, notably Art Mooney and Jimmy Dorsey’s orchestras.
In 1987, he toured Italy with a sextet billed as “veterans of jazz,” but for the bulk of his career he played in New York City, Fairfield County, and Westchester.
His long-term engagements included playing and singing in ensembles at the Westport Inn and Le Coq Hardi in the Stamford Plaza Hotel.
One of his joys was playing with his contemporaries at the monthly jam sessions hosted by the late Ginny Avery in Port Chester. Most recently he was a member of the Y’s Men and sang with the Hoot Owls.
He ran Regency Music Studios in Rye for over 20 years and then served as director of the music division of the Rye Arts Center until his retirement. He taught sax and clarinet to many young aspiring musicians
Michael Cochrane & Steve Johns
What a line up! These guys are serious, and no matter how cold it is outside, the heat will be rising this week. This rhythm section is one of the most swinging you will ever hear. Longtime Steeplechase recording artist Cochrane has been releasing amazing trio records for decades, as well as being an in demand sideman. Steve and Phil have been part of the some of the the most famous jazz groups of our generation, from Horace Silver, Billy Taylor, to Wynton Marsalis Rahsaan Roland Kirk and many more!
They will join the Jazz Rabbi for a session of classic jazz, from subtle to soulful, passionately plaintive to pulling out all the stops. Don’t miss this show!
Seasoned, with a long list of achievements including appearances in every state of the union and practically all around the world, Friedman is gifted, making compelling music in any style from traditional to modern. And, perhaps most importantly, she is well loved and respected by the many musicians that call her a friend.
Brian Charette Band
Join us for a cool evening of hot jazz at Westport’s newest music destination, Pearl at Longshore. The jazz world is your oyster!Jazz organ great Brian Charette makes second appearance with the Jazz Rabbi, together with amazing musicians Andy Gravish and Jordan Young.
Sparks will fly…
Portal Plays for Lovers
David Morgan on piano, Rich Zurkowski on base, Matt Moadel on drums and Greg Wall on the saxophone.
Special Guest Melissa Newman.
Adam Nussbaum Quartet
Melissa Newman Quarter
Join us for a cool evening of hot jazz at Westport’s own Jazz Inferno! Melissa is a natural talent, and really makes every song she sings her very own. With a band like this, the evening is sure to be way over the top.
Piano Master Brian Marsella & Trombone Great Steve Davis
Brian Marsella is always raising the bar for piano artistry. Described by one enthusiastic fan as sounding like a “psychedelic Art Tatum”, Brian never ceases to amaze and astound his listeners.
Steve Davis is one of the most celebrated and hardest swinging trombonists of our time.
Together they will be truly electrifying!
Fun repertoire of classic masterpieces, originals and tasty standards.
Dave Childs and “Speak Like a Child”
Rob Henke and
The Cook County Stompers
Hailing from the jazz capital of the Midwest, Chicago, IL trumpet player and composer Rob Henke serves as musical director of The Spirit of Life Ensemble in addition to appearances with many innovative and traditional ensembles and projects.
Rob is a true renaissance artist, with talents and interests extending far past the traditional borders of Jazz, including acting, spoken word, and other means of expression.
The Stompers carry on the great Cook County tradition of hard swinging, take no prisoners groove – Check ’em out!
Poll winning musician Roberta Picket’s piano trio, featuring sensitive drummer Billy Mintz, and the lyrical and swing Harvie S., sets a new standard in subtle yet swinging trio interaction. For several years the trio has delighted audiences from the West coast of the US through their native New York to Spain (performing at both the 2006 and 2007 Madrid Jazz Festivals) and Germany.
Christmas Eve with the Jazz Rabbi
Featuring the cleric of the keys, “Fatha” Chris Coogan
The Magic Trombone of Art Baron
Art Baron is a trombonist, multi-instrumentalist and composer. His defining work was with Duke Ellington, where he toured and recorded from 1973 – 1974. He has worked with a host of luminaries, including Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, BB King, and Cab Calloway. In 2006 he was a member of Bruce Springsteen’s Seeger Sessions Band, touring Europe and the US.
Peter Zak, piano
With Doug Weiss, bass, Jason Tiemann, drums, and Greg Wall, saxes
Portal does the Big Easy
With David Morgan, Greg Wall, Rich Zurkowski, and Matt Moadel
Over the past 4 years their performances have featured nights devoted to the music of Bud Powell, Monk, Mingus, the Farmer/Golsen Jazztet and the innovative compositions of Portal composers Wall, Morgan and Zurkowski.
This week features the boys celebrating one of their favorite musical interests- the great music of New Orleans! Wonderful music by Ellis Marsalis, James Black, Red Tyler, Alvin Batiste, and more.
Kenny Wessel, Guitarist Extraordinaire
Kenny Wessel, known throughout the world for his adventurous solo voice, unrelenting swing, and sensitive accompaniment skills, has become an audience favorite here at the Jazz Inferno. He and I have been playing together since the early nineties! He is the rare blend of tradition and fiery innovation-it doesn’t get any better!
With Joe Fitzgerald on bass and Scott Neumann on drums, there won’t be a still foot in the joint!
Jim Clark and the Chris Coogan Trio
Jim and Chris have been playing great music together for many, many years- they are the true local Jazz heroes, and for that, we are truly thankful.
Jim Clark is a world-class saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist. He leads his own groups, playing tenor, alto and soprano saxophones, and performs and records in a wide variety of musical settings and styles. Whether he is in the recording studio, performing in a small local venue or on stage at Carnegie Hall, his goal is the same – play from the heart with the highest level of musical excellence.
Andy Laverne Quintet
Featuring Alex Sipiagin and Harvie S.
World renown piano virtuoso Andy LaVerne is in town this week to play the piano everyone is talking about – our historic 1937 Steinway M, Newley restored and sounding better than it ever has.
Andy is joined by trumpet sensation Alex Sipiagin, bass master Harvie S., drum wizard Tim Horner, and the Jazz Rabbi himself.
We will feature a few of Andy’s compositions, as well as some classic jazz masterpieces, and the groove will be strong.
Sets start at 6:30pm and 8:15pm
Melissa Newman Quartet
With Tony Lombardozzi, Phil Bowler and Matt Moadel
Join us for a cool evening of hot jazz at Westport’s own Jazz Inferno! Melissa is a natural talent, and really makes every song she sings her very own. With a band like this, the evening is sure to be way over the top
7:30pm – 8:30pm and 9:00pm – 10:00pm
Steve Davis & Michael Cochrane
The always exciting Steve Davis is back, together with one of the most celebrated bassists of our generation, the wonderful Harvie S.! They will be joined by the always swinging Michael Cochrane on piano, the amazing drummer Steve Johns and the Jazz Rabbi himself.
We will pull out a few pieces from the legendary collaborations of Curtis Fuller and Benny Golson, together with a few originals, and some timeless jazz classics that continue to be springboards for innovation and plain feel-good swing!
Jazz Night – Chris Coogan meets the Jazz Rabbi
With John Mobilio and Jim Royle
TRUMPET MASTER MICHAEL PHILIP MOSSMAN FEATURING ANTHONY PINCIOTTI
After many months of schedule challenges, Michael Philip Mossman headlines this week’s conclusion of our Autumn Trumpet Fest. We will feature some of Michael’s quintet arrangements as well as some tasty classics. The amazing drummer Anthony Pinciotti makes his JazzFC debut as well, and with Joe Fitzgerald and Dave Childs joining the Jazz Rabbi, they’ll be swinging up a storm!
- Michael Philip Mossman
- Dave Childs
- Greg Wall
- Joe Fitzgerald
- Anthony Pinciotti