Feel the beat at a freewheeling and impromptu Jazz Jam on Sunday, February 7 at 3 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center. Enjoy the spontaneous exploration of jazz, blues and other musical styles by some of the community’s most active musicians. Students and semi-professionals are encouraged to bring their instrument of choice and join for free.
The 2016 Jazz Jam is dedicated to the memory of Don Mulvaney, late drummer of New Duke and a beloved member of the music community. “Don played drums for all of our jam sessions and he died in September of 2015 after a serious car accident. His warmth and enthusiasm will be greatly missed, but we will celebrate his life in the music and through our instruments,” stated Torff.
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.
“The Jazz Jam is free-wheeling and impromptu and the audience will love seeing musicians create in the moment,” said Torff. “This is a great event for the whole family,” he added.
The Jazz Jam was started in 2011 by Dr. Arthur Ashman, a prior Arts Center Board Member, to create an opportunity for local musicians to jam with professionals and students from area high schools and colleges.
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. Students and semi-professionals joining the Jam do not need to pay admission. A limited number of discounted Senior concert tickets will be available for presale at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Avenue, Westport.
The Westport Arts Center thanks WPKN for their support and sponsorship.
About Don Mulvaney
Don, his wife Ledell, and daughter Kat were a highly musical and creative family, who all volunteered their talents for many years at Silver Lake Conference Center, the Outdoor Ministry camp and conference center, operated by the United Church of Christ in Sharon, Connecticut.
Their work with Silver Lake Conference Center was one of the many areas where they lent their talents. Music, education and social activism were at the core of their professional and personal lives, whether in Brooklyn, where they moved in 2008 or previously in Norwalk and Greenwich, Connecticut.
Together Don and Ledell became active leaders in the Park Slope United Methodist Church, starting a gospel choir, joining the People’s March for Climate Change and Occupy Wall Street, faithfully marching in New York’s Gay Pride, advocating tirelessly for racial justice in the Black Lives Matter movement and always working for peace.
In addition to Don teaching music at Fairfield University, Eagle Hill School in Southport, Side By Side Charter School, Norwalk, Regional Center for the Arts, Magnet School of Performing Arts, The International School of Brooklyn, and Whitebird Theater Camp, Don and his wife Ledell co-founded and directed Connecticut Children’s Musical Theater from 1995 2002, introducing scores of elementary and middle school youth to original musical theater scripting, writing, and performing.
Don was known best as a prolific musician and composer of 20th and 21st century music, orchestral pieces, pop, rock, jazz, latin and children‘s music. He is featured on many albums recorded over his almost 40 plus years of professional musical career. He was a long-time member of the American Federation of Musicians and the local NYC Music Union 802.
Related Programming: The January 24 New Duke concert was cancelled due to inclement weather and will be rescheduled.
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 4th Row Films, the Aibel Foundation, the Arnhold Foundation, Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc., Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Bernstein Global Wealth Management, Borrowed – A Vintage Inspired Company, the Brant Foundation, CBP, Cannupa Foundation, the Carl Marks Foundation, Cohen and Wolf, P.C., the Connecticut Office of the Arts, EC Infosystems, Finn Dixon & Herling LLP, Fairfield County Bank, Fairfield County Community Foundation, Festivities, Gault, Energy, Geiger’s, GWAY Marketing Gymnasium, the Hall Art Foundation, KD & J Botanica, Land Rover Milford, Landtech, Lillian August, LLBH Private Wealth Management LLC, Madison/Mott, Main Street Resources/Green Village Initiative, Meadow Ridge, the Mitchell’s Family of Stores, Moffly Media, Newman’s Own Foundation, Riverside Management Group, Saugatuck Sweets, the Shack Sackler Foundation, the Sheffer Family Foundation, Sontag Advisory LLC, Stamford Tent, Steel Shed, Sun Hill Foundation, Thomas C. Hofstetter and Daniel Baron of The Saugatuck Group, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Westport Family Counseling, Westport Now, Westport Resources, Westport Special Education PTA, William J. Rosenbloom Charitable Trust, Xerox Foundation, WPKN, WSHU Public Radio Group, and Yellowtail.
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.