As part of the Parrish Art Museum’s Summer Jazz on the Terrace series and Hamptons Jazz Fest, saxist and composer Jacques Schwarz-Bart will perform with his Afro-Caribbean Futuristic Quintet. The band will play lyrical jazz as well as Gwoka and Voodoo jazz — two new styles created by Schwarz-Bart himself that reunite the genre with its Afro-Caribbean and spiritual origins. Schwarz-Bart’s band consists of Grammy-nominated vocalist Débo Ray, Domas Zeromskas on piano/keyboard, Ian Banno on bass, and Ivanna Cuesta on drums.
Schwarz-Bart, born in Guadeloupe, started playing saxophone at the age of 24 and attended Berklee College of Music three years later. He took interest in African mysticism through Gwoka Music at ceremonies called Lewoz that took place in sugar cane fields. He has recorded two albums for Universal, “Soné Ka La” and “Abyss,” with musicians such as Sonny Troupé, Olivier Juste, and Milan Milanovic. This established Schwarz-Bart as an internationally acclaimed jazz band leader. He released “Rise Above” in 2010 in collaboration with singer Stephanie McKay, blending New York urban and Caribbean vibes.
The performance is presented as part of Hamptons Jazz Fest, a series of performances in July through September that bring world-class musicians in the styles of Jazz, Latin, and World music to the East End of Long Island. The series is produced by The Jam Session Inc., an East End not-for-profit production and education arts organization.
The event will take place on Friday, July 15, at 6 PM on the terrace at the Parrish Art Museum, rain or shine. Tickets are $5 for Members and students and $15 for non-members. To purchase tickets, visit parrishart.org. Museum seating will not be available and guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Food, drink, and picnic baskets will be available for purchase in the Parrish Café. To preorder, visit parrishcafe.com. Guests must provide proof of vaccination at the door.