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Jazz Fridays: Chris Coogan Quartet
August 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Chris Coogan has spent a lifetime astounding audiences with his jazz and gospel music. The N.Y Times calls him “a masterful pianist”. Winner of the John Lennon song Writing Competition, he has recorded 8 CDS featuring his original jazz and gospel music. He has performed at Manhattan’s Blue Note and Montreaux Jazz Festival and shared the spotlight with musical legends Bette Midler, Donna Summer, Paul Shaffer, Stevie Van Zant, Ronnie Spector, Darlene Love, Mavis Staples, Phoebe Snow and Lesley Gore. Chris has entertained Bill and Hillary Clinton, Paul Newman, Martha Stewart and Whoopi Goldberg. His TV credits include Celebrity Jeopardy, the Arsenio Hall show, a PBS documentary on evangelist Amy Semple McPherson, BBC America’s series “Copper” and four national spots for The Humane society. As a gospel artist, Chris has performed with Take 6, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Maya Angelou and Richard Smallwood. As a writer/arranger Chris founded and directs the good news Gospel Choir. He performs regularly at churches, festivals and fundraisers. Most weekdays you will find Chris teaching Jazz piano and gigging with his quintet. “I see myself as a catalyst who uses the medium of music to bring people together.”
Piano: Chris Coogan
Trumpet: Rex Denton
Bass: John Mobilio
Drums: Jim Royle
This concert series on the Fairfield Museum patio features the best talented regional jazz artists and ensembles!
Bring your own chair or blanket. The concerts will take place rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, the performances will move indoors.
Jazz Fridays is generously sponsored by Bank of America, the Connecticut Office of the Arts, with thanks to Alan and Sylvia Neigher and WPKN.