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JazzFest Stroll @ JazzFest Falmouth

When: Fri Oct 4th
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm


JazzFest Falmouth's popular Jazz Stroll along Main Street takes place Friday night, October 4, from 6 to 9:30 PM. Twelve groups ranging from classic swing to avant-garde jazz perform in shops, museums, and restaurants from Queens Buyway to Peg Noonan Park, entertaining casual listeners and jazz enthusiasts alike. The Jazz Stroll is free and takes place rain or shine.

The Travis Bliss Quartet starts the Stroll at Inn on the Square at 6 PM  The group is led by Travis Bliss, one of Boston and the South Coast's most sought-after saxophonists. Ensemble members have performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Wally's Jazz Café, and Twins Jazz Club. Bliss is accompanied by Max Light on guitar, Simon Wilson on bass, and Robin Baytas on drums.

The Ottosink Duo, featuring Andrew Marzotto on guitar and Mike Sink on drums, performs at Osborn and Rugh Gallery beginning at 6:15. The duo borders on the avant-garde, blending rock, jazz, hip-hop, and folk, and bringing new interpretations to classic jazz standards.

Vagabond Treasures and View Photography host the Chris Davis Group from 6:30 to 7:45 PM Top Berklee College of Music students draw on the music of John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, and Kenny Garrett to entertain the crowd. Joining Davis on guitar is award winning saxophonist Colby Abbott, Doug Richards on bass, and Diego Diaz on drums. 

Chroma presents original compositions from their new album Pentameter at Museums on the Green at 6:30. Saxophonist Brian Plautz leads the quartet, which is known for the emotion and melodic content of their work.

The Russ Wilcox Quintet kicks off the jazz on at Peg Noonan Park at 6:30.  A Cape Cod native, Wilcox studied with saxophonists Gary Smulyan and Greg Abate before forming his own group which has performed at venues such as Somethin Jazz Club in New York City, PAAM's Next Generation of Jazz Concert, and Wally's Jazz Café.  Berklee Global Jazz Institute guitarist Tomasso Gambini joins the group.

Emmy award winning guitarists Goodis and Glenn return to CupCapes of Falmouth at 6:45. A JazzFest favorite, with a unique take on jazz and Latin standards, the duo will present music from their album Jazz Dance.

The Classic Jazz Trio performs across the street at The Pickle Jar Kitchen beginning at 7. Leading Cape Cod music educators Henry Duckham (clarinet), Andy Troyanos (guitar), and Thatcher Drake (bass) play traditional jazz at its best. 

Local favorite The Flip Side returns for another year at JazzFest Falmouth performing lively Blues at Puritans of Cape Cod, at 7:15.

Guitarist Jeremy Bernstein leads the Jeremy Bernstein Trio featuring award winning Canadian bassist Jon Chapman with Kazuhiro Odagari on drums at the Black Dog from 7:45 to 9. Boston-based Berstein studies jazz performance at the Berklee College of Music. He received awards from the Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival and has performed with many Boston-based ensembles.

The highly acclaimed quartet iiii performs at the Treasure Chest from 7:45-9:00. The group features Laila Smith on vocals, Paul Bloom on piano, Connor Schultze on bass, and Jeremy Dutton on drums. Smith is an exceptional young vocalist and composer who is the winner of six Downbeat student music awards and two ASCAP Young Composer awards. Bloom was a pianist in the prestigious Dave Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet at age 18.  Long time Bloom collaborator Connor Schultz has performed in the Grammy Jazz Ensemble.

Glenway Fripp Trio, yet another JazzFest regular, can be found entertaining listeners at Cape Gallery Framers at 8. A local favorite, this trio adds a unique and sometimes unpredictable flavor to many jazz standards.

Charlie Jamieson Trio featuring Cerise closes the night at Peg Noonan Park. This final performance begins at 8:15 concluding at 9:30. Although newcomers to JazzFest Falmouth, the original Charlie Jamieson trio was the featured house band at the former Nobska House in Falmouth. Cerise Bynoe, one of the most popular upcoming vocalists on the Cape, is a new addition to the group.  Cerise was recently featured with the Cape Cod Symphony.

For those who haven't had enough great jazz, Liam Maguire's hosts big band Stage Door Canteen after the stroll. Led by alto saxophonist Roger Gamache, Stage Door Canteen satisfies audiences from every generation, bringing unbridled energy and sophistication to the dance floor. At the heart of Stage Door Canteen is a massive twelve-piece horn section that drives pulse pounding music reflecting styles as diverse as jump, swing, classic big band, Latin, and Motown.

Late night blues lovers can visit Grumpy's Pub on Locust Street after the jazz stroll for a smokin' hot blues band. The music starts after 9:30.

JazzFest Falmouth is one of two major annual arts festivals sponsored by ArtsFalmouth, Inc., a non-profit alliance of artists, cultural groups, businesses, and interested citizens, which was formed to celebrate the area's arts. For more information on the JazzStroll and other events of JazzFest Falmouth, go to

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