Jazz Night

Jazz Night @ Pearl

 

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!

Upcoming Show

 

 


Thursday, November 21
Sets start at 6:30pm and 8:15pm

Chris Coogan Trio

Chris Coogan has been called by The New York Times, “a masterful pianist.” Coogan’s credits include serving as music director for the jazz guitarist Sal Salvador. He has played with a range of musicians including Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker, Lew Soloff, Paul Shaffer, Harold Danko, Phoebe Snow, Jose Feliciano, and Bette Midler,
Coogan has performed at Manhattan’s Blue Note and Birdland and at the Montreaux Jazz Festival.

Chris will be performing with his long time trio bandmates bassist John Mobilio and drummer Jim Royle


Next Show

 


Wednesda7, November 27
Sets start at 6:30pm and 8:15pm

The Night Before Thanksgiving

With Dave Childs, Greg Burrows, and Greg Wall.



Previous Shows

 


Portal!

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.


Tribute to Harold Mabern

The Jazz world is still mourning the loss of one of it’s finest citizens, piano master Harold Mabern. Harold left the world a little over a month ago, on September 17. He was slated to headline a benefit show on Nov 7 for JazzFC’s Micky Golomb Fund.

Harold’s good friend and frequent collaborator Joe Farnsworth decided to use the date as an opportunity to honor the memory of “Mabes”. He turned to legendary pianist Mike LeDonne and exciting young bassist Band Disterheft (whose latest CD features Harold and Joe) to join the Jazz Rabbi in a salute to one of the greatest musicians of our time.


Jazz Rabbi’s Birthday Bash

With Chris Coogan, Jon Mobilio, Jim Royle, and special guests


Melissa Newman

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 Sensation Ehud Asherie

Ehud Asherie, “a master of swing and stride” (The New Yorker), is a jazz pianist who integrates the venerable New York piano tradition into his inventive style. Born in Israel in 1979, Asherie lived in Italy for six years before his family moved to New York. Asherie has toured clubs and festivals around the world, including South America, Europe and Asia. Asherie’s playing can be heard on countless recordings, including the 2010 Grammy Award winning soundtrack of HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’. He recently released his twelfth album as leader entitled Shuffle Along (Blue Heron Records), a solo piano performance.


Rale Micic

with Roberta Piket, Adam Nussbaum, and Greg Wall
Join us for a cool evening of hot jazz at Westport’s premier listening room, Pearl at Longshore. Rale is one of the world’s top jazz guitarists, and he is on fire. Not only can he play, he can write!

Everyone who has heard Rale Micic agrees, he is a powerful voice in today’s jazz scene. He will be teamed up the great Roberta Piket on organ, legendary Grammy winning drummer Adam Nussbaum and the Jazz Rabbi himself.


Trumpet master Andy Gravish

Andy Gravish, trumpet virtuoso is no stranger to Westport audiences- now you can hear him with the crack rhythm section of Aries, Bowler and Johns, and of course, the Jazz Rabbi himself.


Kenny Wessel

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 Peter Slavov on bass and Scott Neumann on drums, there won’t be a still foot in the joint!

Andy LaVerne

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 Jay Anderson., drum wizard Jason Tiemann, 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.

Steve Davis

The always exciting Steve Davis is back, together with the hard grooving rhythm team of Rich Zurkowski and Matt Moadel! They will be joined by the always swinging Dave Childs on piano, 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!

Roberta Picket

Rabbi Greg joins Poll winning musician Roberta Piket’s piano trio, featuring sensitive drummer Billy Mintz, and the lyrical and swinging Harvie S.

Roberta 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.

Brian Charette amd Harvie S.

Join us for a cool evening of hot jazz at Westport’s newest music destination, Pearl at Longshore. The jazz world is your oyster!

Young Jazz Lion Brian Charette makes followup appearance with the Jazz Rabbi, together with the amazing Jordan Young and Mike McGuirk.
Sparks will fly…

Chris Coogan

Chris Coogan has been called by The New York Times, “a masterful pianist.” Coogan’s credits include serving as music director for the jazz guitarist Sal Salvador. He has played with a range of musicians including Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker, Lew Soloff, Paul Shaffer, Harold Danko, Phoebe Snow, Jose Feliciano, and Bette Midler,
Coogan has performed at Manhattan’s Blue Note and Birdland and at the Montreaux Jazz Festival.

Chris will be performing with his long time trio bandmates bassist John Mobilio and drummer Jim Royle

Michael Cochrane and Steve Johns

With Greg Wall and Phil Bower
Join us for a cool evening of hot jazz at Westport’s Home for Jazz- Pearl at Longshore.

These guys have been playing with the best of the best for years, all over the world. Don’t miss them in Westport this week!

Mitch Schecter/Vinnie Cutro Qtet

Mitch Schecter is one of my dearest friends, and a uniquely sensitive but oh-so-swinging pianist! I have had the pleasure to play on quite a few recordings with him, including two featuring his own compositions, a few of which will be played this week. The fiery percussion master Tim Horner and I go back many, many years, and it is always a pleasure to play with a genuine CT state treasure, legendary bassist Brian Torff. Don’t miss this one!

Janice Friedman

Janice has been wowing audiences around the world, and in NYC, for years with her hard swinging melodic style.
Greg and Janice have been playing together for almost 30 years! They have developed an uncanny rapport, and have a mutual fascination with the subtleties of swing….

Melissa Newman Quartet

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.

With Tony Lombardozzi, Phil Bowler and Matt Moadel

Portal!

David Morgan, Greg Wall, Rich Zurkowski and Matt Moadel

Hiroshi Yamazaki

The elegant and swinging Hiroshi joins the Jazz Rabbi and master musicians Steve LaSpina (Jim Hall, Phil Woods,Stan Getz) and Eliot Zigmund (Bill Evans, Michel Petrucciani,
Jim Hall) for a night of jazz masterpieces.

Dave Childs meets the Jazz Rabbi

with Jeff Fuller and Matt Moadel
It’s the 4th of July, and what is more American the Jazz? Show your patriotic side by supporting live jazz, and having a ball doing so.

These guys, CT residents all, love playing together, and it sounds that way! Come hear for yourself, and have a happy holiday!

Bob Devos

The strings will be flying this Thursday night at Pearl as guitar master Bob Devos rolls into town to close out an amazing month of jazz in Westport.

Bob will be joined by one of the most celebrated bass and drum partnerships of our generations, Chip Jackson (Westport native!) and Steve Johns, who were the driving force of Billy Taylor’s Trio for years, and performed weekly on Billy Taylor’s Jazz at the Kennedy Center on NPR, and played at the White House, and around the world.

The Jazz Rabbi is really looking forward to this show!

Chris Coogan meets the Jazz Rabbi

Jazz Rabbi Greg Wall and Chris Cooganvhave been teaming up regularly after meeting back in 2015. With Chris’s long time rhythm section of John Mobilio and Jim Royle rounding out the group, the swing is over the top.

For this very special show (Chris’ last show before saying “I do” on Sunday!) the boys will be joined by the great trombonist Art Baron- Don’t miss this one!

Brian Marsella

with Rich Zurkowski and Matt Moadel

Brian Marsella is a pianist, composer, bandleader, and educator rising in the ranks of New York’s young music stars. His musical stylings can be heard on numerous recordings and on concert stages across the globe.

Growing up in Bucks County, PA, Marsella taught himself to play piano by ear, listening to his father play the saxophone and vibes. Since 2000, he has been an in-demand musician in the jazz, world, and avant-garde music scenes in New York and beyond.

Chip Jackson/Rob Aries/Adam Nussbaum/Greg Wall

Three of the area’s most celebrated native jazz artists join the Jazz Rabbi for a special homecoming concert this week!.
Bassist Chip Jackson, drummer Adam Nussbaum, and Pianist Rob Aries grew up in Westport and Norwalk and went on to forge international touring and recording careers. They are currently among the most celebrated and in-demand musicians of their generation.

Mark Minchello Organ Quartet

with Paul Bollenbeck, Nick Scheuble and Greg Wall
The Jazz Rabbi got his start in Boston, playing at the famous organ driven jazz club Wally’s. In the early 80’s he performed frequently at Jersey organ clubs The Peppermint Lounge and El-C’s.
He is proud to bring Mark Minchello and the sound of jazz organ with guitar at its best, to Westport’s Jazz at Pearl! Mark is carrying on in the great jazz organ tradition, and with the oh, so amazing Paul Bollenback on guitar and oh, so swinging Nick Sheuble on drums, Pearl will be oh, so hot this week – don’t miss this one!

Marvin Stamm and Adam Nussbaum

The incredible Marvin Stamm storms into Longshore with an amazing lineup featured Grammy Award winning drummer Adam Nussbaum with Jay Anderson, Mike Hiliber, Jay Azzolina and the Jazz Rabbi.

Rale Micic

Rale is one the world’s top jazz guitarists, and he is on fire. Not only can he play, he can write!
Everyone who has heard Rale Micic agrees, he is a powerful voice in today’s jazz scene. He will be teamed up with bassist Steve LaSpina, drummer Luca Santaniello, and the Jazz Rabbi himself. Don’t miss this one…

Nutmeg All-Stars

Joe McWilliams, Joe Corsello, Phil Bowler and Greg Wall
Nutmeg, the powder used for seasoning foods, is ground from the seed of the fruit of the Nutmeg Tree, Myristica fragans.One story maintains that purchasers did not know that the seed must be ground to obtain the spice and may have accused yankee peddlars, unfairly, of selling worthless “wooden” nutmegs.
Many folks think they need to import top jazz talent from NyC or beyond, but those in the know- the know that the Nutmeg State is home to some of the finest and most swinging “musicianers” anywhere!
Three of the finest join Westport’s own Jazz Rabbi for a delicious spring swing fest – don’t miss it.

Ted Rosenthal Quartet

Ted Rosenthal, a real musician’s musician has performed worldwide as soloist, with his trio, and sideman with many jazz greats including Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, James Moody, Bob Brookmeyer and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. He has also been a featured soloist with several major American orchestras including the Detroit Symphony. Ted’s latest release, Rhapsody in Gershwin, reached #1 in jazz album sales at iTunes. It features his arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue for jazz trio.

Ted Rosenthal, Piano
Greg Wall, Saxes
Steve LaSpina, Bass
Steve Johns, Drums

Melissa Newman

With Tony Lombardozzi, Phil Bowler, and Matt Moadel


Andy LaVerne Quintet

Andy LaVerne – piano
Alex Sipiagin – trumpet
Greg Wall – saxes
Jay Anderson – bass
Jason Tiemann – drums


Roberta Piket Quartet

Rabbi Greg joins poll-winning musician Roberta Piket’s piano trio, featuring sensitive drummer Billy Mintz, and the lyrical and swinging Harvie S.

Roberta 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.


Joe Farnsworth with Steve Davis

Joe Farnsworth is already regarded as one of the top jazz drummers in the world, but as far as he is concerned, he is just getting started.He is dedicated to the great tradition of jazz drumming as conceived by men like Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones, Billy Higgins and Arthur Taylor and it keeps him in the practice room trying to continue and extend it.


Bass Legend Brian Torff

Brian Q. Torff is a renowned bassist, composer, author and educator. He is Professor of Music and Music Program Director at Fairfield University. He is a featured bass soloist who performs in jazz festivals throughout the United States, and is musical director of the Django Reinhardt New York Festival. His current project New Duke is an acclaimed eight-piece band that performs Torff’s updated arrangements of Duke Ellington’s music.


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


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!


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!


Janice Friedman

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


Rob Aires


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.

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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!

Roberta Picket

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.


Thursday, November 1
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


Thursday, October 25
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
    Trumpet
  • Dave Childs
    Piano
  • Greg Wall
    Saxophones
  • Joe Fitzgerald
    Bass
  • Anthony Pinciotti
    Drums