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Westport Library Featuring Swing, Improv With Concert By Jazz Quartet

The Westport Library will host the Kazzrie Jaxen Quartet Sunday at 2 p.m. as part of their annual concert series.
The Westport Library will host the Kazzrie Jaxen Quartet Sunday at 2 p.m. as part of their annual concert series. Photo Credit: Westport Library

WESTPORT, Conn. - Honoring jazz tradition with swing and spontaneous improvisation, the Westport Library will host the Kazzrie Jaxen Quartet in a performance on Oct. 11.

The concert kicks off at 2 p.m. in the McManus Room as part of the library's seasonal concert series. The program is free and open to the public.

The quartet is comprised of Bill Chattin on drums, Don Messina on bass, Charley Krachy as tenor and vocalist Kazzrie Jaxen on piano. The program will include jazz interpretations of songs by American composers such as George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter and Jerome Kern, as well as the band’s versions of jazz compositions and solos from Lester Young, Charlie Parker and Lennie Tristano.

The quartet recently performed at Lincoln Center for the induction of Lennie Tristano into the JALC Hall of Fame. Their first CD, Callicoon Sessions, was released in December 2013.

“The recording is a no-nonsense portrait, leaving room for the playing to breathe and bloom. A great disc from an innovative ensemble,” said Marc Medwin of The New York City Jazz Record.

For further information, call 203-291-4800, or visit the library's website at: westportlibrary.org.

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