The first set of the Hamptons Jazz Fest for this summer
Another sign of Long Island’s openness as the pandemic abates, a new music festival is set to take place this summer at venues ranging from Southampton to Montauk.
The inaugural annual Hamptons Jazz Fest, produced by non-profit group The Jam Session, will take place at at least 17 venues from July through September. “The concerts are intended to expose as many people as possible to the wonderful and diverse world of jazz music with mostly free concerts, large and small, indoors and outdoors and accessible to all,” said Organizers in a statement on Wednesday, adding: “The cultural diversity and roots of jazz will be celebrated with performing artists from the United States and around the world.”
Sites include Gosman’s Dock and Navy Beach restaurants, both in Montauk, and the Hampton Coffee Company, at Water Mill; Baron’s Cove seaside resort in Sag Harbor; the LongHouse Reserve arts and educational foundations in East Hampton and Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island; the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton and the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor.
Still in development, the festival has so far announced three events: the Morris Goldberg SafroJazz quintet will perform on July 16 at Water Mill’s Parrish Art Museum; Bill O’Connell & the Latin Jazz All-Stars with Paquito D’Rivera will perform on July 31 at the Southampton Arts Center; and HipLaJaz with Baba Israel is scheduled for September 25 as part of the 10th Annual Sag Harbor American Music Festival September 23-26.
Others among the long list of artists are the Ravi Coltrane Quartet, featuring the Long Island-born son of jazz legend John Coltrane, whose Dix Hills home is a National Trust for Historic Preservation monument; and New Hyde Park virtuoso and tabla teacher Sejal Kukadia with prodigy Deepa Paulus.
Additionally, performers include seven-time Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Randy Brecker and the Ada Rovatti Quintet; vibraphonist Joel Ross, the subject of an October New York Times article, and his quintet with Immanuel Wilkins; the Peter Weiss Trio, whose local appearances have included HarborFrost in Sag Harbor and the Wolffer Estate vineyard in Sagaponack; and jazz artists from Italy (Olivia Foschi Quintet), Denmark (Martin Fabricius Quartet with John Patitucci) and elsewhere.