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Posted on: September 16, 2022

JAZZFEST 2022: White Plains Jazz & Food Festival


Please refer to the ArtsWestchester website for all things related to Jazzfest 2022.

Saturday, September 17th 

1-2:30pm | FREE
A workshop & conversation with Legendary Jazz Bassist Buster Williams

Music Conservatory of Westchester, 216 Central Avenue

7 & 9pm | The Buster Williams Quartet “Something More”
ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue
($35/set | $65 for both | 7 & 9pm sets)
SPECIAL OFFER | 9pm ONLY | 2-4-1 General Admission
(Children under 12 FREE)

Grammy Award-winning bassist Buster Williams is a jazz legend whose playing knows no limits. He has performed, recorded and collaborated with jazz giants such as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Art Blakey, Betty Carter, Branford and Wynton Marsalis and many others. Williams tours frequently with his group Something More.

The Buster Williams Quartet “Something More”  features Buster Willaims (bass), Steve Wilson (saxophone), Lenny White (drums) and Brandon McCune (piano/keyboard).

JAZZFEST 2022: White Plains Jazz & Food Festival

Sunday, September 18, 2022
12:30 pm - 7:00 pm


12:30 - 1:15pm | Westchester Center for Jazz & Contemporary Music

 The Westchester Center for Jazz & Contemporary Music provides opportunities for musicians of diverse backgrounds, abilities and ages to develop their skills in jazz and other related musical forms. This performance features a selection of the Center’s top student musicians and faculty.

1:45-2:35pm | Albert Rivera Quintet

 Bronx born and raised saxophonist Albert Rivera, described by NPR’s Owen McNally as “a modern jazz messenger,” has been a consistent force on a national and international level since finalizing his studies at The New School University’s Jazz and Contemporary Music program. DownBeat Magazine called him and his band “part of the next wave in this jazz ritual.” Rivera is a recipient of a Chamber Music America award and ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award. He is currently Director of Operations at the Litchfield Jazz Camp.

3:05–3:55pm | Carlos Jimenez Mambo Sextet

The Carlos Jimenez Mambo Orchestra, Westchester’s hottest salsa band will get you out of your seat and onto the dance floor! Yonkers New York native, Carlos Jimenez, is an extraordinary flute player and vocalist as well as composer and band leader of Jazz, Latin jazz and Salsa. His family moved from New York to Villalba, Puerto Rico when he was six years old and it was there that his musical training began. Jimenez has performed all over New York state, across the country and toured internationally with artists Andy Gonzalez, Willie Rodriguez, Coto Pincheira, George Delgado, Bobby Sanabria, Adela Dalto, Willie Colon, Jimmy Delgado and many others!

4:25–5:15pm | G. Thomas Allen Quartet

Award-winning vocalist, composer and music educator G. Thomas Allen (affectionately known as “Sir Thomas”) was the first male winner of the Sarah Vaughn International Competition. Allen’s work spans multiple genres: he is a former Los Angeles Opera artist and lead vocalist on the GRAMMY Award-nominated album Choirmaster (Motown Gospel 2020). Having such a diverse musical background has greatly contributed to Allen’s unique approach to jazz — finding innovative ways for cross-genre experimentation, including the aesthetics of R&B, Pop, Gospel stylizing and operatic inflections, but always keeping the music swinging.”

5:45–6:45pm | Ragan Whiteside and Friends

Flutist, vocalist and songwriter Ragan Whiteside is currently taking the Contemporary Jazz world by storm. Whiteside, originally from Mt. Vernon, got her first taste of music in elementary school, where she played drums, piano and violin. It was a desire to be in the marching band that put the flute in her hand at age eight. With her unique style and soulful vibe, this triple-threat is bringing the flute back into mainstream focus.


*All performances will take place out front of ArtsWestchester on Mamaroneck Ave. between Main and Martine in downtown White Plains, NY.


*JazzFest White Plains is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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