Join the Westport Arts Center for a special concert by Rabbi Greg Wall, also known as “The Jazz Rabbi,” on Sunday, March 5 at 3pm.

Saxophonist Greg Wall is a celebrated musician and recording artist whose innovative downtown blend of jazz, world music and Jewish sounds has filled the halls of top venues from Carnegie Hall to stages throughout North America, Europe and Israel.

The March 5 “Of Jews and Jazz” concert will be a tribute to Wall’s jazz heroes and will include original music combining elements of Jazz, Jewish, and African American roots music as well as classics from the original golden era of Jewish New York.

According to Wall, Jewish musicians have been attracted to jazz since its inception, and helped create a wider audience for the music and its African American progenitors.  Wall and his longtime associate David Morgan grew up listening to and playing all kinds of jazz.  Their early New York City experiences were those of late night jam sessions, downtown jazz joints and apprenticeships with jazz masters.

Together with bassist Rich Zurkowski and drummer Matt Moadel, they form the working jazz collective known as “Portal.”

Brian Torff, the Westport Arts Center’s Curator for Jazz, explained, “Greg is the rare musician who makes a strong connection between both a musical and spiritual form of expression. This will be a dynamic performance that will utilize jazz in a realm that is rarely heard.”

Concert attendees will also have the opportunity to view the As We Are! exhibition by Yale Senior Design Critic Pamela Hovland, currently on view at the Arts Center.  The exhibition examines the theme of identity, stereotype and the power of words.

Tickets for the concert are $30 for Westport Arts Center members and $25 for non-members and can be purchased onwww.westportartscenter.org or by calling 203.222-7070. The Westport Arts Center has completely redesigned its website, making it easier to find what you’re looking for and to register for events – take a look!

The Westport Arts Center thanks WPKN for their support and sponsorship. 

About the Westport Arts Center

The Westport Arts Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting community through the arts, reaches more than 11,000 people annually through outstanding programs in visual arts, arts education, and the performance arts of Chamber music and jazz.

The Westport Arts Center also receives philanthropic support from the Katherine and Howard Aibel Foundation; Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc.; AB Bernstein; CBP; Cohen and Wolf, P.C.; Connecticut Cigar Company; Connecticut Office of the Arts; Delamar Southport; DanceSport; Dragone Motor Cars; Fairfield County Bank; Fairfield County’s Community Foundation; Finn, Dixon & Herling LLP; Fleishers Craft Butchery; 4th Row Films; GWAY Marketing Gymnasium; Hal Prince Music; the Hall Art Foundation; The Hofstetter Baron Group; J.P. Morgan; Lillian August; the Mitchell’s Family of Stores; Moffly Media; Newman’s Own Foundation; Random Acts; Rosenkranz Foundation; Saugatuck Grain & Grape; Shack Sackler Foundation; Sontag Advisory LLC; Stamford Tent; Sun Hill Foundation; Verde Energy USA, Inc.; Vespa Restaurant; Wells Fargo Advisors; Westport Now; William J. Rosenbloom Charitable Trust; Xerox Foundation; WPKN and WSHU Public Radio Group.

For more information, contact the Westport Arts Center at (203) 222-7070 or www.westportartscenter.org.   The Westport Arts Center gallery is open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.

 

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