Free Jazz Concert Series Kicks Off August 6 and Runs Through August 27
This August the Fairfield Museum will again host its popular Jazz Fridays series at the Museum Commons on the Town Green. Every Friday in August from 6:30pm to 8:00pm, music lovers from the area are invited to kick off their weekends at these free concerts on the Fairfield Museum patio. This year’s lineup features an exciting group of artists who are delighted to share their jazz music with the public.
“Our Jazz Fridays concert series features the best talented regional jazz artists and ensembles." —Fairfield Museum Executive Director Mike Jehle
Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets and a picnic to enjoy while social distancing during the event.
In the case of inclement weather we will make every effort to reschedule the performance.
Our summer lineup:
The summer series starts on Friday, August 6 with the Brian Torff Quartet. Torff is the Music Program Director at Fairfield University, and helped curate the Jazz Fridays series. Torff will be performing with Matt DeChamplain, keyboard, Atla DeChamplain, vocals and Arti Dixon drums. "We will be performing standards, a solo bass tribute to Errol Garner, who's last band I played in, and a few originals. I am excited to be working with these great musicians!"
On August 13 the Museum will host Amanda Bellitto, a singer-songwriter with a flair for jazz. She began a career in performance at the age of 13, and tours internationally, most recently returning from Australia. She will be playing with Michael Coppola, who plays jazz on a one of a kind 9 string guitar. He has performed at venues such as the Montreal Jazz Festival, and The Blue Note. Michael’s daughter was raised in jazz and guitar music and received a bachelor of music degree in 2019. Previously, she was the guitarist in the all national high school jazz band in which she was a featured performer at Opryland in Nashville. Morris Trent, upright bassist, has been part of New Haven’s jazz history for decades; being musically raised by the Buster Brothers and performing with countless jazz stars passing through The Elm City.
The Museum will host Vinny and Ray—an Afro-Cuban Latin jazz group consisting of eight members—on August 20. The group performs hardcore Afro-Cuban, Salsa, Timba, Cha Cha, Funk, Samba and Latin Jazz. Vinny and Ray is one of the hottest Latin bands in Connecticut, and their CD is sold throughout the US and Europe. They have incredible talent: Vinny sings, plays trumpet, flute, and percussion, while Ray plays timbales, congas and bongos.
Chris Coogan has played pop with Phoebe Snow, Donna Summers, Bette Middler and Darlene Love, broadway with Paul Newman, Jim Naughton and Kelli O’Hara and jazz with Randy Brecker, Sal Salvador, and with his own Chris Coogan Quartet. He music directs at churches, synagogues and with local theaters as well as leading the Good News Gospel Choir. He teaches the art of jazz improvisation to many students locally and at the University of Bridgeport. The New York Times has called him a “masterful performer.” He is quoted as saying, “I like to bring people together with music.”
Jazz Fridays is generously sponsored by Alan and Sylvia Neigher and CT Office of the Arts.