Jazz at Weir honors the Brubecks

The 19th Annual Jazz in the Garden Concert at Weir Farm National Historic Site will honor the late Dave and Iola Brubeck.

The Brubeck Institute Alumni Quintet with Glenn Zaleski on piano, Chris Smith on bass, Brian Chahley on trumpet, Lucas Pino on tenor saxophone, and Colin Stranahan on drums, will make its debut performance Sunday, Sept. 7, from 3 to 5. There will also be a special appearance by Wilton High School’s own Black Tie Affair. A scheduling conflict prevented the Brubeck Brothers Quartet from performing this year.

The quintet members are graduates from a musical jazz studies program started by Dave and Iola Brubeck through the University of the Pacific, their alma mater. Each musician (as a high school-aged player) had already earned a national reputation as being an outstanding talent on his respective instrument. While completing the two-year program at the Brubeck Institute, they honed their skills with performances at venues such as the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Playboy Jazz festival at the Hollywood Bowl.

They all now have years of experience and were featured at Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center in April.

“These alumni from the Brubeck Institute are a wonderful extension of the Brubeck family’s musical legacy and they are sure to impress the audience gathered to enjoy Jazz in the Garden,” Chris Brubeck said.

Tickets, if still available, also will be sold the day of the event. Cash, check, and credit cards will be accepted. Adult tickets are $20. Tickets for students 13-18 are $10. Children 12 and under are free. The concert will go on rain or shine

Parking will be at the Branchville Elementary School at 40 Florida Road, Ridgefield. Free shuttles will run to and from Weir Farm between 2 and.

Sponsored by the Weir Farm Art Center and hosted by Weir Farm National Historic Site, Jazz in the Garden receives support from Bankwell of Wilton and the Karen and William Tell Foundation, with special thanks to Catherine and Ed Romer. Proceeds benefit the Artist-in-Residence program managed by the Weir Farm Art Center.

For information or to purchase tickets online, visit jazzatweir.com.