ArtsFalmouth’s signature fall event, the Jazz Stroll, returns to downtown Falmouth on Saturday, October 15, for the first time since 2019. The event, which is free and welcoming to all, takes place rain or shine from 6 to 8:30 PM at the Gallery on Main, the Main Street Gallery, Museums on the Green, and the Fisherman’s Pantry. Free refreshments will be served at all locations.
“Jazz Stroll ’22 is a little smaller in scale than it was in pre-COVID years because we want to make sure people stay safe,” said Marilyn Rowland, president of ArtsFalmouth, “but it lacks none of the vitality and musicality of past events. We are glad to be back and invite residents and visitors to enjoy some of the area’s best jazz combos Saturday evening, explore local galleries, shops, and restaurants, and admire the many creatively decorated scarecrows along the way, thanks to Falmouth Village.”
The Stroll features four local and regional jazz bands playing an eclectic array of jazz, blues, and contemporary music from American standards to progressive jazz, and original compositions. The overlapping performances are each one hour long.
The evening begins at 6 PM at Karen Rinaldo and Don Cross’s The Gallery on Main, 317 Main Street, with the Rich Hill Trio. Bass guitarist Rich Hill, guitarist Andy Troyanos, and drummer Chris Santos will play Latin Jazz Fusion, from Charlie Parker to Chick Corea and beyond.
From 6:30 to 7:30 PM, the Stroll continues at Jim Fox’s Main Street Gallery, 189 Main Street, with Jazz ‘til Dawn. The group features Alan Clinger on jazz guitar, Charlie Taormina on trumpet, Doug Ricciardi on bass, and Zac Casher on drums. Clinger performs throughout the Cape, specializing in mainstream jazz: American Standards, including Ragtime and Dixieland to Swing, Bebop, and more. Taormina has opened for many national acts, performing in a mellow, accessible style.
Ricciardi grew up on rock and R&B but is now a jazz devotee. Casher has toured professionally with big names in jazz for over 40 years. He has taught at Berklee College of Music and enjoys freelancing with musicians of all genres.
The Stroll continues at Falmouth Museums on the Green, Rachel Lovett, executive director, 65 Palmer Avenue, from 7 to 8 PM, with the Bill Taylor Group featuring Joe Delaney. Saxophonist Taylor describes Delaney as “the most talented and accomplished pianist I have ever been lucky enough to share a bandstand with. Chris Bean is a versatile jazz drummer, who performs in small ensembles, big bands, and musical theater pits.
The final performance of the evening is from 7:30 to 8:30 PM at the Fisherman’s Pantry, which is co-owned by Tracy Sylvester and Jesse Remund and located at 95 Palmer Avenue. The Andrew Sexton Trio features vocalist/guitarist Andrew Sexton, Alec Zeuli on saxophones and flute, and Mike Machaby on upright bass. The band plays American Standards and Sexton’s original compositions.
For more information, visit artsfalmouth.org.
ArtsFalmouth is grateful for the support of the Gallery on Main, the Main Street Gallery, the Falmouth Museums on the Green, and the Fisherman’s Pantry, as well as organizations and foundations who have helped fund and support not only the Jazz Stroll, but also ArtsFalmouth’s other events, Arts Alive, and the Woods Hole Trad Stroll. They include the Mass Cultural Council, the Falmouth Cultural Council, the Woods Hole Foundation, the Melody Tent, the Falmouth Road Race, Falmouth Village, and the Falmouth Enterprise.
Pick up a copy of the rack card (pictured below) at Jazz Stroll venues and other locations in Falmouth.