arts-westchester.jpgThe proceeds from ArtsWestchester's Jazz Fest performances will support jazz programming  in Westchester County. White Plains, N.Y. - ArtsWestchester  presents two exclusive evenings of jazz - Latin Jazz, Food & Spirits on Friday, September 6, and Jazz ‘Til Midnight on Saturday, September 7 - to raise funds for future jazz programming in Westchester.  As one of the presenters of Jazz Fest 2013 in September, ArtsWestchester is committed to bringing live music to the public, having become a home for affordable concerts in Westchester for more than ten years by hosting top-tier performers in its intimate concert venue.   "Jazz is an integral part of our culture," says Janet Langsam, ArtsWestchester CEO.  "We embrace this art form first because we have so many talented jazz artists right here in Westchester, and then because it is our intention to help grow the art form and gain  more audiences in Westchester. Proceeds from these outstanding performances will help to keep jazz alive in our county."   Friday night, September 6, starting at 7:30pm Latin Jazz, Food & Spirits will be a celebration of Latin culture, with light Puerto Rican-style cuisine from Sofrito, wine from Pernod Ricard, and the sizzling sounds of Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz stars Bobby Sanabria & Quarteto Aché.  Sanabria, along with his band who got their name from the idea of "positive energy," will treat ArtsWestchester's audience with a night of sizzling jazz and entertaining showmanship.  A leading drummer, percussionist and scholar in the Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz communities, Sanabria has performed with legendary performers, in addition to his own critically acclaimed ensembles. Tickets: $35 Individual Tickets, $50 Patron Sponsor.  Includes light refreshments.  For tickets and more information, visit: On Saturday night, September 7, beginning at 9pm until midnight, ArtsWestchester will bring down the house with Jazz ‘Til Midnight, a presentation of riveting jazz, R&B and Gospel sounds from Lynette Washington with Dennis Bell Jazz NY and The Butch Jones Quartet.  Lynette Washington's extensive career has taken her around the globe.  This time, as she returns to ArtsWestchester's gallery, her velvety vocals will be complemented by prolific jazz musician Dennis Bell and his trio.  Bell, a Gold/Platinum Award winning producer, pianist, composer, arranger and educator, has worked with Sting and U2 among others, and was one of ArtsWestchester's 2012 Arts Award artist winners. To top off the night, trumpeter Butch Jones and his quintet will present a captivating performance of free and improvisational jazz. Tickets: $20 Admission. Includes complementary glass of wine provided by Pernod Ricard.  For tickets and more information, visit:   These two exclusive evenings of jazz are part of Jazz Fest 2013, presented by ArtsWestchester, the City of White Plains and the White Plains Downtown BID, from September 6-8.   The full Jazz Fest 2013 Lineup Roster includes the Art Bennett Quartet, Bobby Sanabria & Quarteto Aché, Julia Breanetta Simpson Trio, Lynette Washington with Dennis Bell Jazz NY, and the Butch Jones Quartet, The Pro-Am Ensemble, Ray Blue Quartet, Sage, Gilberto Colon, Jr. and Ensalada De Pulpo, and former New York Yankee Bernie Williams with Gil Parris.  For more information about these ArtsWestchester shows and all other Jazz Fest 2013 performances, visit:   Jazz Fest 2013 is sponsored by: TD Bank, Crowne Plaza, Meet Me in Westchester and Macy's.   Media Sponsor: The Journal News   With support from: All NY Title Agency, Inc., Capital One Bank, Reckson, and Westchester Media, as well as Famous Famiglia, InspiriaMedia, Jackson Lewis, Lothrop Associates LLP Architects, NFP Property and Casualty Services, Inc., Renaissance Westchester Hotel, Sam Ash, Simon Property Group; Sofrito; The Ritz-Carlton Westchester, The Stage at Rockwells and T-Mobile.     High-Resolution Images for Jazz Fest 2013 can be viewed and downloaded at: For more information, visit: Press Contact: Mary Alice Franklin, 914-428-4220 x318 or # # #
ArtsWestchester is your connection to the arts. Founded in 1965, it is the largest, private, not-for-profit arts council in New York State; its mission is to provide leadership, vision, and support, to ensure the availability, accessibility, and diversity of the arts. ArtsWestchester provides programs and services that enrich the lives of everyone in Westchester. Our grants help fund concerts, exhibitions and plays; we bring artists into schools and community centers; we advocate for the arts and build audiences through our marketing initiatives. In 1998, ArtsWestchester purchased the nine-story neo-classical bank building at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue which has since been transformed into the Arts Exchange, a multi-use resource for artists, cultural organizations, and the community.CONTACT: Mary Alice Franklin 914-428-4220 x318 //