Master Calendar

This innovative series of six concerts will follow the course of Jazz history, from its roots in Ragtime and Dixieland, to the Swing / Big Band era, through Cool Jazz of the 1950s, and beyond! Set in historic Hempstead House, the series showcases six outstanding bands, featuring many of NYC’s top jazz musicians. Take in this uniquely American music form, while savoring fine wine with friends and family.

Each concert is performed in two acts – the first set pays tribute to an era in the fascinating history of Jazz, while the second set bridges the gap into the present and future. Hear the influences of the great composers of the past as the artists play their distinctive original compositions and/or more contemporary music.

The series was created by Artistic Director Bobby Katz. See below for the concert line up and the fantastic bands you will hear!

TICKET INFO

Individual Concerts
Conservancy Member: $45 / person
Non-Member: $55 / person

Series of Six Concerts
Conservancy Member: $225 / person
Non-Member: $275 / person

– Purchase tickets for individual concerts at the links below or call the ticket line to save credit card fees: 516.304.5076.
– Purchase tickets for the series of six concerts and attend one concert free! Select series tickets online or call the ticket line to save credit card fees: 516.304.5076.

Concert 1: Thursday, January 16 – SOLD OUT!
1900s-1920s – New Orleans Dixieland
Danny Lipsitz and the Brass Tacks

ABOUT THE BAND

Danny Lipsitz – Clarinet, Saxophone, and Vocals
Danny Jonokuchi – Trumpet
Brendan Lanighan – Trombone
Bryan Reeder – Piano
Alec Safy – Acoustic Bass
Kevin Congleton – Drums

An up-and-coming name on the jazz, swing dance, and early rock ‘n’ roll circuits, Danny Lipsitz and The Brass Tacks put on a high-energy performance that features a mix of vintage jazz, swing, and early rock ‘n’ roll music. The Brass Tacks perform weekly at many of NYC’s most sought-after venues and have toured their show about the saxophone in rock ‘n’ roll music across the tri-state region. As a saxophonist and clarinetist, Danny has performed in over 15 countries and has worked with rock ‘n’ roll, swing music, and jazz icons including Julian Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Ronnie Spector, Mark Hudson (Aerosmith, Ringo Starr, Ozzy Osbourne), Denny Laine (Wings, The Moody Blues), Joey Molland (Badfinger), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge), Billy Vera, Maria Muldaur, Ginkgoa, The Hot Sardines, Lucky Chops Brass Band, The Losers Lounge, and The Gordon Webster Swing Band.

ABOUT THE CONCERT
In the first set, The Brass Tacks will delve into the earliest days of jazz, starting with ragtime and moving through the hits of the 1920s. With classic “New Orleans Dixieland style” instrumentation, including a horn section, the band will cover the quintessential artists of the period, from Scott Joplin, through the Gershwins, Louis Armstrong, and Fats Waller. In the second set, the band will fast-forward to the start of a new period of American music: rock ‘n’ roll. Their arrangements of music by Chuck Berry, Louis Prima, and Ray Charles, among others, demonstrate how the spirit of jazz and rock ‘n’ roll are part of the same lineage of great American music.

Concert 2: Thursday, March 19
1920s-1930s – The Jazz Age
Fleur Seule

ABOUT THE BAND

Allyson Briggs – Vocals, Bandleader
Andy Warren – Trumpet, Percussion, Musical Director
Sean Fitzpatrick – Piano
Alec Safy – Bass
Shareef Taher – Drums

Fleur Seule, Manhattan’s very own 1940s jazz band, debuts at the Hempstead House in March. Reviving classic chanson, bossa nova, jazz standards, and more, this young group of old souls brings new life and fresh sounds to favorite tunes, with playful renditions and intimate moments to let you travel back in time. Led by “The Glamour Girl of Jazz,” Allyson Briggs, this band has been keeping the classics alive, with sold-out crowds at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and a five-year residency as the house band of Tavern on the Green. Their 5th album, “Standards and Sweet Things,” gives a fuller look into the heart of Fleur Seule and will comprise much of the evening’s repertoire.

ABOUT THE CONCERT
Fleur Seule presents the classics: starting in the early days of hot jazz and the beginnings of the Swing Era, they will take you through 1920s Paris to 1930s New York. Relive the jazz age within this authentic gold coast mansion, as Fleur Suele takes you through the Great American Songbook standards of the era. In their second set, the WWII Era swing sounds of the 1940s will take over, in addition to a tribute to the Latin music craze that swept the country in the 1950s. From Edith Piaf to Celia Cruz, travel back in time for a wide variety of beloved hits and rare gems in seven languages, with a song for everyone to enjoy.

Concert 3: Thursday, May 14
1930s – Swing / Big Band Era
The Evan Sherman Big Band

ABOUT THE BAND
The Evan Sherman Big Band is one of today’s hottest big bands, led by American drummer and arranger Evan Sherman. In his mid-20s, Evan has toured, recorded and performed with icons including Ron Carter, Cyrus Chestnut, Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Heath, and Wynton and Branford Marsalis.  Founded in 2014, the 15-piece Big Band got its start playing late night dance parties at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club, and has since received worldwide recognition as having reignited the energy and vibrancy of the swinging jazz era. The group’s personnel mixes seasoned veterans with young rising stars, creating a unique communal exuberance. Special guests have included Jon Batiste, Cyrus Chestnut, Roy Hargrove, & Johnny O’Neal. The New York City-based Band has been featured at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rainbow Room, Blue Note, Ginny’s Supper Club, The Django, Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night’s Swing, Caramoor Jazz Festival, SteelStacks, and the Perth International Arts Festival.

ABOUT THE CONCERT
The Evan Sherman Big Band performs selections of the Swing/Big Band era, illuminating masterpieces by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Benny Goodman, Jimmie Lunceford and more of America’s orchestral trailblazers. The audience will be brought on a time-traveling expedition, dashing from decade to decade and crossing centuries. Within the second set, hear music that grew in and out the 1930s – from early traditional and classical, to bebop, to R&B/Soul, including hits by Marvin Gaye and Earth Wind & Fire. Also, enjoy original compositions by members of the band. This 15-piece, multi-generational big band’s extensive sound palette and vast repertoire has inspired audiences worldwide to get up and dance – come join us!

Concert 4: Thursday, June 18
1940s – Bebop
Bobby Katz Quartet

ABOUT THE BAND

Ted Rosenthal- Piano
Matt Wilson – Drums
Martin Wind – Bass
Bobby Katz – Saxophone

Bobby Katz is a 26 year-old saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist from Long Island, NY. In May 2016, Katz graduated with honors from New York University where he was the sole recipient of the jazz studies program award for exceptional achievement, service, and leadership. There he holds a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance in addition to a master’s degree in music education. Bobby has studied and/or performed with Wynton Marsalis, Martin Wind, Don Friedman and more at various venues in NYC including Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at the Kitano, and the Blue Note. In 2018, Katz was awarded third prize in the Vandoren Emerging Artist jazz saxophone competition. In 2014, he was the lead tenor saxophonist of both the NYU Jazz Orchestra and New York Youth Symphony Jazz Band.  Bobby currently leads his own jazz groups around the NYC area in addition to performing as a sideman with various other ensembles. He is also one-half of folk-pop duo, Bobbylene!, a singer-songwriter project he started with his girlfriend, Marlene McCarthy in 2017.

ABOUT THE CONCERT 
In the first set, enjoy a tribute to the bebop style of jazz that developed in the early to mid-1940s, characterized by upbeat tempos, complex chord progressions, and rapidly changing harmonies. From Charlie Parker, to Sonny Rollins, to Dizzy Gillespie, hear the Bobby Katz Quartet’s fresh interpretations of a number of bebop compositions that have since become jazz standards. In the second set, original compositions by members of the band in addition to more modern arrangements of Great American Songbook standards will be performed. Katz will be joined by world-renowned jazz greats Ted Rosenthal on piano, Matt Wilson on drums, and Martin Wind on bass.

Concert 5: Thursday, July 23
1950s – Cool Jazz
AMP Trio

ABOUT THE BAND

Addison Frei – Piano
Perrin Grace – Bass
Matt Young – Drums
Kevin Sun – Guest Artist on Saxophone
Tahira Clayton – Guest Artist on Vocals

AMP Trio has carved out five albums of original repertoire in balance with their extensive passion for the jazz repertoire. After recording their 5th album in September 2019, they are preparing to perform in Ofunato, Japan, coinciding with the Spring release of their upcoming album “Go Naive.” Between the album/tour cycle, each member makes their own way in the world as students of the great traditions and actors striving to construct tomorrow’s musical landscape.  AMP Trio’s latest release “To Be Determined” is a three-track EP with the purpose of capturing the band’s affinity for vocalist Tahira Clayton. They toured in 2018 with shows at the Washington D.C. Jazz Festival, BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center in NYC, Dazzle Jazz in Denver, the Jazz Room in Kitchener, Ontario as well as serving as the jazz faculty members at the Summer Music Camp in Southampton, Ontario. AMP Trio has performed and recorded as the rhythm section for many other musicians such as John Raymond, Tim Green, Quamon Fowler, Tahira Clayton, Adam Hutcheson, Drew Zaremba, Spenser Liszt, Li Xiaochuan, Ben Jansson, and Sky Window. Each member has been a participant in Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program and were collectively invited to participate in the 2014 Steans Institute residency at Ravinia.

ABOUT THE CONCERT
In the first set, AMP Trio will perform unique interpretations of jazz standards that defined the cool jazz sound of the 1950s, including the works of legendary composers and musicians Lennie Tristano, Dave Brubeck, and more, with guest tenor saxophonist, Kevin Sun. In the second set Addison, Matt and Perrin will be joined by the great vocalist Tahira Clayton.

Concert 6: Thursday, September 17
1920s-1950s – The Great American Songbook
Peter Bernstein Trio

  • Concert 2: The Jazz Age
    March 19, 2020
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Concert 3: Swing/Big Band Era
    May 14, 2020
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Concert 4: Bebop
    June 18, 2020
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Concert 5: Cool Jazz
    July 23, 2020
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Concert 6: The Great American Songbook
    September 17, 2020
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm