Join us under the tent as we officially open the 2019 Guilford Performing Arts Festival with an exclusive celebration for festival patrons and guests.
DATE: Thursday, September 26, 2019
TIME: 6:15 pm
PLACE: Historic Guilford Green
The night will feature a farm-to-table dinner with wine, beer, a signature festival cocktail and live music by the Afro-Bop Alliance Latin Jazz Sextet and the Joe McCarthy-Sandy Stoddard trio.
Seating is extremely limited with admission by donation to the festival of $150 or more per person, or purchase of Silver or higher-level festival sponsorship.
Can’t make it? Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to the Guilford Performing Arts Festival. The show can’t go on without your help.
Thank you, and see you in September!
Meg Smith & Simone Gell
2019 Dinner on the Guilford Green Co-Chairs
The Guilford Green
Sandy, drummer Joe McCarthy and bassist Jim Tutunjian perform music from the Great American Songbook, bossa nova and straight-ahead jazz—part of Dinner on the Green, a benefit event for the Guilford Performing Arts Festival.
The Guilford Green
The Afro Bop Alliance Sextet, a subset of the Latin Grammy-winning Afro Bop Alliance Big Band, will play an evening of Latin-inflected jazz music, riding Afro-Cuban rhythms, a driving horn section and the exquisite drumming of bandleader Joe McCarthy. This performance is part of a benefit for the Guilford Performing Arts Festival. You can reserve your space, at $150 per person, here.
Latin Grammy Award-winning Afro Bop Alliance is an Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble based in New York. It received Latin Jazz Album of the Year at the 9th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in 2008 for the recording “Afro Bop Alliance, featuring Dave Samuels,” which was released on the Heads-Up label. The recording was also nominated for a Grammy in the same category that same year. The band was founded and is led by drummer Joe McCarthy, who lives in Madison, Connecticut. The band is comprised of first call jazz and Latin jazz players from New York and New England.
Afro Bop’s music has long been inspired by the great be-bop tradition, married to the rich rhythmic stylings of Afro-Caribbean music and is composed by the members of the band and arranged by Vince Norman. Afro Bop Alliance has been featured at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, The Silver Spring Jazz Festival, The Provincetown Jazz Festival, The WC Handy Jazz Festival, Blues Alley, Bethesda Blues and Jazz, Rams Head On Stage with Paquito D’ Rivera, The Jazz Educators Network International Convention, The Percussive Arts Society International Convention, The University of Florida, Georgetown University, George Mason University, University of Maryland, West Chester University, Rowan University and The Smithsonian’s Jazz Appreciation Series, among many others.