WESTPORT — A weekly salute to jazz is hosted Thursday evenings at the Joseph J. Clinton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 399.
The “Jazz at the Post” concert series, featuring a varied slate of jazz performers, takes place weekly at 7 p.m. Thursdays in the VFW post, 465 Riverside Ave. The $10 cover charge goes directly to the musicians, according to concert organizers.
Dinner is also available, catered by the Latina Cantina of Fairfield. Price of the meals is $25.
To reserve a table, call the VFW post at 203-227-6796 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The concerts are booked by Rabbi Greg Wall of Beit Chaverim Synagogue in Westport — also known as the “Jazz Rabbi” — a founder and artistic director of the Jazz Society of Fairfield County.
Wall, a tenor saxophonist who performs in the area with the Fairfield County-based quartet Portal, has joined notable musicians for appearances at New York City’s best-known clubs over three decades.
Following is a list of performers scheduled for the “Jazz at the Post” series on upcoming Thursdays:
Aug 11: Brian Q. Torff, a bassist and composer, is the music program director at Fairfield University. Torff also leads his own trio; is musical director for the Django Reinhardt New York Festival, has has appeared at Lincoln Center and Birdland in New York City.
Aug. 18: David Morgan Trio, whose namesake is a pianist, and for more than 30 years, a professional musician, producer, musical director and educator.
Aug. 25: Ben Williams All Stars. Williams, a trombonist, in addition to performing in the jazz and commercial music fields, is also a freelance artist and educator in the New York area.
Sept. 1: Rob Henke and The Cook County Stompers. Henke serves as musical director of the Spirit of Life Ensemble in addition to appearing with “innovative and traditional” ensembles.
Sept. 8: Steve Davis, a trombonist who has released 20 albums under his own name and appeared on more than 100 recordings with other jazz performers.
Set. 15: Brian Marsella is a pianist who has performed with many ensembles, with a style encompassing samba, bossa-nova and choro, as well as dance grooves.
Sept. 22: Chris Coogan, a keyboardist and Weston native, leads his own quartet and has appeared performed with other notable musicians.
Sept. 29: Rale Micic, guitarist and composer whose work explores the interaction between his Serbian musical roots and his knowledge of jazz.