White Plains Business Improvement District

September 12 - 16: Jazz Fest

Returning to the city of White Plains for its seventh year, 2018 Jazz Fest White Plains is a five-day celebration of jazz for music lovers of all ages. It all culminates with the Jazz and Food Festival, a free outdoor event featuring jazz performers on stage all day and eclectic food from local restaurants available for purchase.

A partnership between ArtsWestchester, the City of White Plains and the White Plains BID, Jazz Fest has become a signature White Plains event of free and affordable jazz performances attracting jazz enthusiasts from throughout Westchester and beyond.



Wednesday, September 12

•   Noon | Downtown Music at Grace Church | Pablo Mayor - One of the contemporary voices of Colombia outside its borders, Pablo has dedicated the last seventeen years to writing, producing, and promoting Colombian music in New York City.

•   12:30 pm - 2:30 pm | Court Street Farmer’s Market | Art Bennett - Art Bennett has appeared at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls and other New York venues.

•   6 pm - 11 pm | Downtown White Plains Jazz Stroll - A sampling of local jazz talent in restaurants in downtown White Plains.

6 pm  Mediterraneo - Albert Rivera

7 pm  Morton's The Steakhouse - Alexis Cole

8 pm  Sofrito - Emedin Rivera and Tropical Turbulence

9:00 pm  Ron Blacks Beer Hall - Gil Parris



Thursday, September 13

•   7:30 am - 9:30 am | White Plains Public Library | Jazz & Java with Carl Viggiani - Start your morning right with a healthy dose of jazz and java at the Everyday Healthy Cafe at White Plains Public Library.

•   12:15 pm | The Galleria at White Plains | The Burr Johnson Band - A trio of guitar, bass, and drums, playing a fusion of Jazz, Rock, Funk, and Blues.

At ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue:

•   7 pm | Emmet Cohen Trio - Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen has emerged as one of his generation’s pivotal figures in music and the related arts. Purchase tickets.

•   8:30pm | Veronica Swift - A 2015 winner of the Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition, Swift has been gaining attention throughout the jazz world. Purchase tickets.



Friday, September 14

•   7:30 am - 9:30 am | White Plains Public Library | Jazz & Java with Carl Viggiani - Start your morning right with a healthy dose of jazz and java at the Everyday Healthy Cafe at White Plains Public Library.

•   5 pm | White Plains Plaza at Main St.,1 N Broadway | Rocky Middleton Jazz Ensemble - A sextet led by world-travelled ambassador of music and acoustic bass player Rocky Middleton

At ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue:

•   8 pm | The Rudresh Mahanthappa Trio - Enjoy an evening of music alive with rhythmic urgency, steeped in the lineage of jazz saxophone and responsive to traditions and practices of the wider musical world. Purchase tickets.

•   10 pm - Midnight | Jazz Jam - Join in a Jazz Jam co-led by Jake Robinson of the Music Conservatory of Westchester, Ed Palermo of Hoff-Barthelson Music School and Pete Malinverni of SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music. Purchase tickets.



Saturday, September 15

•   11 am - 1 pm | Court Street Farmer's Market | Brian Carter - Drop by the Farmer’s Market and listen to some great jazz percussion while you shop.

•   2 pm - 4 pm | White Plains Public Library | Hands On Jazz for Families - After a short set featuring classic Jazz standards, teachers from The Music Conservatory of Westchester will be available to help young people try out the instruments they are playing.

•   8 pm | White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Place, 3rd Floor | Arturo O’Farrill - The GRAMMY-award winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO), led by pianist, composer, and director Arturo O’Farrill, brings together the drama of big band jazz and the culture of Latin music. Purchase tickets.


Sunday, September 16

White Plains Jazz and Food Festival

Mamaroneck Avenue at Main Street

Noon - 5:30 pm  |  A FREE open air celebration of music with international foods available for purchase from downtown White Plains restaurants.


Listen to the broadcast by Westchester Talk Radio!


Sunday artist line-up:

Noon | Pete Malinverni & the SUNY Purchase Jazz All-Stars

1:05 | Jay Hoggard Quartet - Born and raised in Mount Vernon (NY), internationally acclaimed vibraphoist Jay Hoggard leads his ensemble through explorations of swing, bop, straight ahead jazz, the avant-garde and beyond.

2:10 | Samba New York! - An internationally recognized samba company, Samba New York! has helped to change the culture of New York City and beyond through the joyful music and dance of Brazil.

3:30 | Lakecia Benjamin & Soulsquad - Charismatic and dynamic saxophonist/bandleader Lakecia Benjamin’s electric stage presence and fiery sax work brings the soul and funk up to a feverish pitch that’s guaranteed to keep crowds dancing day or night.

4:30 | Marquis Hill Blacktet - Winner of the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition, Hill has described as “a dauntingly skilled trumpeter” (New York Times) whose “music crystallizes the hard-hitting, hard-swinging spirit of Chicago jazz” (Chicago Tribune).


Food available from:
Alex Lounge
Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza
Buffalo Wild Wings
Gaucho Burger Company
Hastings Tea & Coffee Lounge


Do you have an old instrument that you haven’t used? An instrument swap tent will be on site at the festival if you’d like to trade one old instrument for another.  



Official Hotel Sponsor Cambria Hotels and Suites is honoring a rate of $149 + tax for rooms for JazzFest attendees coming in starting on Thursday, September 13. Availability is limited, so book your rooms now with guestservices@cswhiteplains.com.


Presenting Sponsor



Contributing Sponsors:

Admiral Real Estate
Apple Bank
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital
Cappelli Organization
Empire City Casino
Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care
Faros Properties and Caspi Development
LCOR, The Continuum
Sterling National Bank
Webster Bank