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The Westport Arts Center will present a performance from guitarist Steve Katz on Sunday, October 16, at 3p.m.

Rock star Steve Katz’s music career started back in the 1950s on a television program called “Teenage Barn,” where he sang hits of the day. Over the last six decades, Katz has taught guitar in Greenwich Village, performed with The Blues Project and American Flyer, and worked in production. Yet the musician is best known as a founding member of the popular 1960’s jazz-rock American music group, Blood Sweat & Tears.

Blood Sweat & Tears, originally formed in 1967, is notable for fusing rock, blues, pop, horn arrangements, and jazz into a hybrid that came to be known as “jazz-rock.”

During the five years Katz was a member, BS&T won three Grammy awards, three major Down Beat awards and sold millions of albums worldwide.

“I loved all of it. I was lucky to be part of it all,” he said. “Being an artist is something to be proud of. It has to do with expressing yourself. I always wanted to be a musician. Music is my love,” Katz told the Huffington Post.

Katz’s performance will include a solo concert as well as a book signing for Is Steve Katz a Rock Star?, which according to wshu.org, “tells of the wild ride he shared with up and coming rock n roll royalty of that day.”

The performance will also include commentary by the Westport Arts Center’s Jazz Music series curator, Brian Torff.

“Steve Katz is an important artist in blues and rock music and his new memoir is a great read. It offers insights into his multi-faceted career as guitarist, songwriter, producer, and record executive. We are honored to have him at the Westport Arts Center, featuring a program that will recall his years in Greenwich Village during the 1960s,” explained Torff.

Individual concert tickets and season tickets are now available for the Arts Center’s Jazz Music series, including two new Thursday night “Jazz Lounge” events. Season ticket holders enjoy significant benefits. In addition to a cost savings of up to 15%, season ticket holders receive reserved preferred seating at all concerts and an opportunity to engage with the musicians immediately following the concerts. The tickets are transferable.

New to 2016-17, each season ticket holder will also receive the benefit of sponsoring two students to also attend a concert.

Tickets can be purchased at www.westportartscenter.org or by calling the Westport Arts Center at 203/222-7070. A limited number of discounted Senior tickets will be available for presale at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Avenue, Westport. Corporate sponsorship and group ticket opportunities are also available.

The Westport Arts Center thanks WPKN for the generous sponsorship of its Jazz music season.

Upcoming Jazz Music Concert Schedule

 

Alta and Matt De Champlain

Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center

Performing together since they were 15, the DeChamplains focus on Jazz standards.  For this special performance, they will perform the music of Jewish composers.

 

The Saxtet under direction of Darren Litzie

Thursday, January 19, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center

Pianist, composer and educator Darren Litzie will perform a tribute to Benny Goodman and Stan Getz.

 

Jazz Jam

Sunday, February 26, 2017, at 3 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center

Free-wheeling jam session with community musicians, including Jazz, Blues, and other styles.

 

Greg Wall

Sunday, March 5, 2017, 3 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center

Rabbi Wall (also known as “the Jazz Rabbi”) is a celebrated musician and recording artist who performs a blend of jazz, world, and Jewish music.

 

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 and Jazz music.

The Westport Arts Center also receives philanthropic support from the Katherine and Howard Aibel Foundation; Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc.; AB Bernstein; the Brant Foundation; CBP; Cohen and Wolf, P.C.; Connecticut Cigar Company; Connecticut Office of the Arts; Delamar Southport; Disney Worldwide Services, Inc., DanceSport; Dragone Motor Cars; Fairfield County Bank; Finn, Dixon & Herling LLP; Fleishers Craft Butchery; 4th Row Films; Geigers Home and Garden; GWAY Marketing Gymnasium; Hal Prince Music; the Hall Art Foundation; The Hofstetter Baron Group; J.P. Morgan; Land Rover Milford; Lillian August; the Mitchell’s Family of Stores; Moffly Media; Newman’s Own Foundation; Random Acts; Rosenkranz Foundation; Saugatuck Wine & Grape; Shack Sackler Foundation; Sontag Advisory LLC; Stamford Tent; Sun Hill Foundation; Verde Energy USA, Inc.; Vespa Restaurant; Wells Fargo Advisors; Westport Family Counseling; 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. – 5 p.m. at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.

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