Fairfield Museum offers Free Jazz Fridays

The Fairfield Museum has curated a series of free outdoor jazz concerts that will take place throughout the month of August. The five Free Jazz Fridays begin on Friday, Aug. 3, and run through Friday, Aug. 31. The performances are from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and will take place on the back patio of the Museum, located at 370 Beach Road.

“The Fairfield Museum is delighted to offer additional free outdoor performances this summer,” said Executive Director Mike Jehle. “With this jazz series we continue to cement our role as a vibrant community gathering space for history, culture and the arts.” In June and July the Fairfield Museum hosted four outdoor performances of The Music Man and three Classical Music Sundays.

The new concert series features regional jazz artists and ensembles. The line-up is:

  • Friday, Aug. 3 — Brian Torff and New Duke
  • Friday, Aug. 10 — Saxophonist Jim Clark
  • Friday, Aug. 17 — Violinist Jason Anick and the Rhythm Future Quartet
  • Friday, Aug. 24 — Atla and Matt DeChamplain
  • Friday, Aug. 31 — Natalia Bernal and Jason Ennis

Brian Torff, music program director at Fairfield University, helped curate the series and will perform with New Duke at the first show of the season. “We are very excited to bring New Duke to the Fairfield Museum for their first jazz festival ever! New Duke will be performing sections from our album, Post Authentic World, plus new original songs … along with mash-ups of Duke Ellington and Jimi Hendrix,” said Torff.

Free Jazz Fridays are generously sponsored by Bank of America, WPKN and Alan and Sylvia Neigher, with support from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts.

“We’re thrilled to help bring Free Jazz Fridays to life here in Fairfield, and believe that the arts matter as they help us connect with each other, enrich our local community, and actually drive the economy forward,” said Bill Tommins, Southern Connecticut market president, Bank of America. “Through our ongoing partnership with the Fairfield Museum, we’re working together to ensure the arts are accessible to all.”

For more information about programs at the Museum, visit https://www.fairfieldhistory.org/programs-events/.

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