Relax on our great lawn and enjoy cool music by hot jazz artists! Grounds open at 4 pm, music starts at 6:30. $5 per person parking fee. Canceled by 3 pm if rain – check website for latest information.
Co-sponsored by Lyndhurst and Jazz Forum Arts.
2018 Thursday Concert Line-Up
7/5: James Torme Group
Multi-award-winning singer James Torme’s debut album has topped both the iTunes and Amazon Jazz Charts. Torme is now consistently appearing to standing room only crowds at the world’s top venues as well as being featured as the centerpiece of Jazz festivals across the globe.
The Brighton Beat’s goal is to create music that is able to breathe and develop, with songs allowing the musicians to communicate and tell a story. Heavily influenced by Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, the group creates grooves reminiscent of Herbie Hancock, at times reaching the raw expression of Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard.
7/19: Mike LeDonne Groover Quartet
Michael LeDonne is a jazz pianist and organist known for post-bop and hard bop. He is one of the leading players of the Hammond B3 organ and was nominated for Best Keyboardist of 2012 by the Jazz Journalists Association and has won the Downbeat critic’s poll for “Rising Star” on organ.
7/26: Chuck Braman Quintet
Jazz drummer Chuck Braman studied with Bob McKee and was employed professionally as the drummer for the Case Western Reserve Jazz Lab Band. He leads his own groups and has been the subject of many published articles and radio and television broadcasts.
8/2: John Marshall Quintet feat. Grant Stewart
John Marshall has toured internationally, played with the WDR Big Band, and has released eight CDs. In recent years Marshall has developed into a convincing vocalist, alongside his trumpet and flugelhorn playing. Tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart has released sixteen recordings as a leader, has been voted a “rising star on the tenor” in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll and was featured in JazzTimes magazine.
8/9: Rodney Green Quartet
Drummer Rodney Green has been touring internationally since he was 17, working with Christian McBride, Diana Krall, Eric Reed, Tom Harrell, and Joe Henderson all before the age of 20. Today he continues to be a top sideman as well as a composer and leader of his own groups.
8/16: Marianne Solivan Quartet
Solivan has made a name for herself as a hard-swinging, passionate, vocalist who has a commanding stage presence and is able to captivate audiences with her joyous exuberance and wit. She has played in many groups internationally and is one of just a few women leading her own big band.
8/23: Brian Q. Torff & New Duke
Brian Q. Torff is a renowned bassist, composer, author and a professor at Fairfield University. New Duke is an acclaimed eight-piece band that performs Torff’s updated arrangements of Duke Ellington’s music and was recently featured on CBS-TV.