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, December 20
Sets start at 6:30pm and 8:15pm

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.


Next Show

 

Monday, December 24
Sets start at 6:30pm and 8:15pm

Christmas Eve with the Jazz Rabbi

Featuring the cleric of the keys, “Fatha” Chris Coogan


Previous Shows

 

Thursday, December 13
Sets start at 6:30pm and 8:15pm

Peter Zak, piano

With Doug Weiss, bass, Jason Tiemann, drums, and Greg Wall, saxes

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

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