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September 13 - 17: Jazz Fest 2017


Returning to the city for its sixth year, the 2017 White Plains Jazz Fest promises to be a five-day celebration of jazz for music lovers of all ages. A partnership between ArtsWestchester, the City of White Plains and the White Plains BID, Jazz Fest is a signature White Plains event of free and affordable jazz performances attracting jazz enthusiasts from throughout Westchester County and beyond.

Recently awarded Best Jazz Festival by Westchester Magazine, the White Plains Jazz Fest offers concerts at a variety of White Plains venues throughout the week culminating in the highly-anticipated Jazz & Food Festival on Mamaroneck Avenue on Sunday, September 17.



2017 White Plains Jazz Fest Concert Lineup



Wednesday, September, 13

•   Noon  |  Downtown Music at Grace Concert - A performance by the Hiroshi Yamazaki Ensemble with Glenda Davenport.

   12:30 - 3 pm  |  Court Street Farmer’s Market - Art Bennet Quartet

   6 pm - 11 pm  |  White Plains Jazz Stroll - A sampling of local jazz talent in restaurants in downtown White Plains.

6 pm  Mediterraneo - Albert Rivera Jazz Trio

7 pm  Morton's The Steakhouse - Alexis Cole

8 pm  Pick and Roll Soul - Jeanne Ricks

9 pm  Ron Blacks Beer Hall - Open Jazz Mic hosted by Gil Parris



Thursday, September 14
At ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue; Purchase tickets.

•   7:30 pm - 9:30 pm  |  Ray Blue Quintet - Peekskill based jazz tenor saxophonist and jazz educator brings his ensemble to ArtsWestchester’s gallery stage with a blend of classic jazz and original compositions.

•   10 pm - Midnight  |  Jazz Jam - led by Pianist/Composer and Head of the Jazz Studies at SUNY Purchase, Pete Malinverni. Open to all musicians.



Friday, September 15

•   8 pm | Pablo Mayor Sextet - Versatile Colombian pianist and composer blends an exciting mix of traditional and contemporary South American musical styles into the jazz idiom with a core group from his acclaimed orchestra, Folklore Urbano. At ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue. Purchase tickets.

•   12:15 - 1:45 pm  |  Jazz at the Galleria, White Plains - featuring Charlie Lagond and Kaleidescope World Beat, Jazz Fusion and Funk



Saturday, September 16
At White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Place

•   8 pm  |  The Paquito D’Rivera Quintet - Iconic Cuban American virtuoso of the clarinet and saxophone, composer and fourteen-time Grammy winner in both jazz and classical categories brings his unique blend of a global sensitivity to Jazz Fest.  Purchase tickets.



Sunday, September 17

White Plains Jazz & Food Festival

At the Jazz Fest Main Stage on Mamaroneck Avenue, between Main Street and Martine Avenue

•  Noon - 5:30 pm  |  An open air celebration of music and international foods in downtown White Plains. Admission is FREE.


Sunday Artist Line-up:

SUNY Purchase All-Stars (Details to come).

Kenny Lee All Stars  White Plains’ own Kenny Lee (trumpet/ flugel horn) – straight ahead jazz.

Steve Kroon Latin Jazz Sextet  Puerto Rican percussionist extraordinaire to jazz, Latin and R&B icons leads his Latin jazz ensemble through a dynamic blend of classic and original music.

Sage  An all-women’s jazz, blues and contemporary ensemble, Sage creates a sound that transcends time and generation – part contemporary, part nostalgic and a whole lot of soul.

Donald Harrison  From the birthplace of American Jazz, New Orleans based saxophonist, educator, and “Big Chief” brings the festival to a close with the spirit of Congo Square – where it all started.


Food available from:
Alex Lounge
Buffalo Wild Wings
Gaucho Grill Argentinean Steakhouse
Hastings Tea & Coffee
Holy Crab
Morton’s The Steakhouse
and more!



Official Hotel Sponsor Cambria Hotels and Suites is honoring a rate of $149 + tax for rooms for JazzFest attendees coming in starting on Thursday, September 14. Availability is limited, book your rooms now! 


Plus, Jazz Fest is pleased to welcome Food Bank for Westchester’s Empty Bowls event to downtown White Plains from noon – 5:30 pm. Be sure to stop by their display to purchase an artist-made bowl filled with snacks—all to raise awareness for Hunger Action Month.


And, enjoy live interviews with Westchester musicians here presented by White Plains Library’s Oral History Project and ArtsWestchester.


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