The Ridgefield Playhouse and Moffly Media Evening of Art, Wine and Jazz Series presents a Weekend of Jazz with performances by Preservation Hall Jazz Band on Thursday, July 27, Dave Koz and Larry Graham on July 28 and Former New York Yankees Centerfielder Bernie Williams and his All Star Band on Saturday, July 29 in The Concert for IPF presented by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. – tickets include an afternoon softball game with celebrity guests. Before each performance, ticket holders can enjoy a complimentary Italian wine tasting in the lobby by Gallo Ristorante along with a three day art exhibit by Andre Chaparro. Spend the day or make it a weekend – enjoy all that Ridgefield has to offer with great shopping and restaurants followed by these incredible jazz artists each night!
Preservation Hall Jazz Band (PHJB), known for their preservation of traditional New Orleans Jazz as well as bringing it to the new generation by performing with bands such as The Foo Fighters, My Morning Jacket and Trombone Shorty, will return to The Ridgefield Playhouse with their signature high-spirited sound on Thursday, July 27 at 8 p.m. VIP Tickets: sponsored by Spread Music Now –6:30pm: includes a pre-show cocktail party, hors d’oeuvres and Meet & Greet with the band. All proceeds from the VIP tickets go to The Preservation Hall Foundation which supports music education, and creates greater awareness and appreciation for Traditional New Orleans Jazz and the communities that support it. The Foundation’s mission is “to protect, preserve, and perpetuate the musical traditions and heritage of New Orleans. Steeped in history, PHJB was formed in 1961 by Allan and Sandra Jaffe and took their name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue located in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. PHJB marches that tradition forward once again on “So It Is,” the septet’s second release featuring all-new original music. The album redefines what New Orleans music means in 2017 by tapping into a sonic continuum that stretches back to the city’s Afro-Cuban roots, through its common ancestry with the Afrobeat of Fela Kuti and the Fire Music of Pharoah Sanders and John Coltrane, and forward to cutting-edge artists with whom the PHJB have shared festival stages from Coachella to Newport, including legends like Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello and the Grateful Dead and modern giants like My Morning Jacket, Arcade Fire and the Black Keys. $1 of each regular ticket sold and all proceeds for each VIP Ticket sold goes to The Preservation Hall Foundation. Make it a great night out with dinner and a show – visit Bareburger (38 Danbury Road, Ridgefield) and enjoy a complimentary glass of house wine or draft bee with your entrée when you show your tickets.
On Friday, July 28 at 8 p.m. it’s an evening of cool summertime jazz headlined by nine-time GRAMMY® nominee, saxophonist Dave Koz. Joining Dave onstage will be Larry Graham, Jr., best known as both the bass guitar player in Sly & the Family Stone, and as the founder and front man of Graham Central Station. The soulful, high-octane “Side By Side” run will feature the pair performing the hottest hits from their respective catalogs with backing from a stellar group of players. In the 25 years since the release of his self-titled solo debut album, saxophonist Dave Koz has received nine GRAMMY® nominations, had nine No. 1 albums on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, toured the world and been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Collaborations: 25th Anniversary Collection, Koz’s latest album on Concord Records, features three brand new tracks – “Good Foot” with Jeff Lorber, “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” with Kenny Lattimore and Rick Braun and “Let It Go” (from Frozen) with Sturken & Rogers – plus previously recorded collaborations with Barry Manilow, Stevie Nicks, Stevie Wonder, Toby Keith, Rod Stewart, and Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, among others. A platinum-selling artist, he is also known as a humanitarian, entrepreneur, radio host for “The Dave Koz Lounge” on SiriusXM, and instrumental music advocate. As an entrepreneur, Koz founded Rendezvous Entertainment and as a philanthropist, Koz has served as global ambassador for the Starlight Children’s Foundation for over 20 years. Larry Graham, Jr. is an American baritone singer, musician, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known as both the bass guitar player in the popular and influential psychedelic soul/funk band Sly & the Family Stone, and as the founder and front man of Graham Central Station. The Popular Graham Central Station album “Release Yourself” yielded the hit "Feel the Need” and was nominated for a Grammy for the “Best New Artist of 1974”. There third album in 1975 “Ain't No Bout-A-Doubt It”, went Gold and gave us the single "Your Love," which landed in the Top 40 and topped the R&B charts. He is credited with the invention of the slapping technique, which radically expanded the tonal palette of the bass, although he himself refers to the technique as "Thumpin' and Pluckin'." Larry is continuously writing and he along with the rest of Sly and the Family Stone received the Rhythm & Blues “Pioneer Award” in 2001. Make it a great night out with dinner and a show! Visit The Village Tavern (378 Main Street, Ridgefield) and enjoy a complimentary glass of house wine or draft beer with the purchase of an entree with your ticket!
Bernie Williams (contributed photo)
Famed New York Yankees Centerfielder Bernie Williams returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse to celebrate his two passions – music and baseball! Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. presents “The Concert for IPF” starring Bernie Williams and his All Star Band on Saturday, July 29 at 8pm benefitting IPF Awareness. Bernie, along with special celebrity guests including David Cone and Bobby Valentine, will also play in a charity softball game at 1pm in the field adjacent to the Playhouse with play-by-play announcements by WHUD morning show host Mike Bennett. Signed memorabilia by Mariano Rivera and other baseball greats will be available to bid on! Artist Cortney Wall will paint an original Bernie Williams canvas live during the reception and concert to be autographed by Bernie Williams and auctioned off for the charities! Bernie Williams raised his musical game even further with the release of his second album Moving Forward. Featuring guest appearances by Bruce Springsteen, Jon Secada, Dave Koz, and an All-Star cast of renowned studio musicians, Moving Forward debuted as Billboard’s #2 Contemporary Jazz album in the country, and continued to hold that chart position for five straight, and spawned two consecutive Billboard #1 singles, "Go For It," and "Ritmo de Otono." The album was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Album in 2009. Make it a great night out with dinner and a show - visit Tigers’ Den Sports Bar and Grill (23 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield) and enjoy a FREE glass of house wine or draft beer with the purchase of an entree when you show your ticket!
For tickets ($53.50 – 87.50 or 3-Day Jazz Pass $150), call the box office at 203-438-5795, or visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.