Enjoy the spontaneous exploration of jazz, blues and other musical styles by some of the community’s best musicians at the annual Jazz Jam at the Westport Arts Center on Sunday, February 26 from 3 – 5 p.m. 

The much-anticipated event is open to the public. Students and semi-professionals are encouraged to bring their instrument of choice and join for free.

The Jazz Jam will also celebrate Black History Month and will feature a repertoire of jazz favorites.

The unpredictability of the songs, instruments and participating musicians makes the Jazz Jam a truly unique and entertaining annual event. Brian Torff, the Westport Arts Center’s Artistic Director for Jazz, will lead the Jam on bass with fellow musician Greg Burrows on drums.

Torff explained, “The Jazz Jam offers students, semi-pros and professionals an opportunity to come together in a free-wheeling jam session that is always fun. It provides a sense of community in music and we look forward to it every year.”

The Jazz Jam was started in 2011 by Dr. Arthur Ashman, a long-standing supporter and former board member of the Westport Arts Center, to create an opportunity for local musicians to jam with professionals and students from area high schools and colleges.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to explore the As We Are! exhibition at the Westport Arts Center by Yale Senior Design Critic Pamela Hovland, on view through March 11th.  The exhibition examines the themes of identity, stereotype and the power of words.

Students and semi-professionals joining the Jam do not need to pay admission. Tickets are $15 for Westport Arts Center members and $20 for non-members and can be purchased on www.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.

Related Programming:  Greg Wall will perform on Sunday, March 5 at 3 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center.  Wall has been the spiritual leader of Beit Chaverim Synagogue since August 2013. Rabbi Wall (also known as “the Jazz Rabbi”) 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. Visit www.westportartscenter.org or call 203/222-7070 to secure tickets.

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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