The Derek Grippo Project @ Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Derek Grippo Project @ Arthur Murray Dance Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The Derek Grippo Project performs classic songs in a jazz and bebop style. Vocalist Derek Grippo, accompanied by locally known guitarist Gary Grippo, will perform songs such as Route 66, Georgia On My Mind and Tracy Chapman’s rocking Give Me One Reason and Aretha Franklin’s soul anthem Think.

Artist Bio

This four-person combo features vocalist Derek Grippo, a New Haven resident with a unique style ranging from low baritone to tenor. Accompanied by bass, drums and Gary Grippo on guitar, Derek Grippo performs its own unique renditions of jazz, R&B, soul pop and rock, with an emphasis on bebop.

Seat of Our Pants @ Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Seat of Our Pants @ Arthur Murray Dance Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Seat of Our Pants (SOOP) plays a distinctive brand of American roots music featuring rock-influenced songwriting, intricate harmonies and unique instrumentation that includes mountain dulcimer, fiddle, guitar and upright bass, and the percussion box known as the cajon. A SOOP show is heartfelt, humorous and contagiously fun!

Artist Bio

Seat of Our Pants plays at the forefront of the Connecticut roots music scene with heartfelt, humorous songs and unique instrumentation. The distinctively all-American tone of the Appalachian mountain dulcimer, the visual intrigue and rhythmic thump of the electric upright bass, the energetic beat of the cajon, the melodic play of fiddle and guitar, plus impeccable intricate vocal harmonies distinguish this one-of-a-kind Connecticut ensemble.

Enjoy this cover of Rattlin’ Bones, by Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson.

Noah Baerman & Friends @ Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 27 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Noah Baerman & Friends @ Arthur Murray Dance Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Noah Baerman and Friends, a six-piece ensemble featuring piano, trumpet, alto saxophone, euphonium, bass and drums, will debut an extended jazz composition commissioned in part by the Guilford Performing Arts Festival. The piece, called Cliff Palace, is part of a larger body of work dedicated to former band member Claire Randall, who was murdered at the age of 26 in a domestic incident.

Artist Bio

Noah Baerman is a pianist, composer and educator who has spent much of his recent career composing and performing “message music,” exploring themes of social justice and community engagement, disability (he has an incurable connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome) and the American foster care crisis (he’s a foster parent). Noah has released 10 CDs and published 10 instructional books and was a 2008 recipient of a New Jazz Works grant from Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Foundation. He was the recipient in the music category of the Guilford Performing Arts Festival’s inaugural Artists’ Award. His festival band is an extraordinary collection of musicians: Nadje Noordhuis on trumpet, Kris Allen on alto sax, Kate Ten Eyck on euphonium, Henry Lugo on bass and Tyshawn Sorey on drums.

Check out this trailer for Noah’s most recent album, The Rock and the Redemption, which features the vocals of Claire Randall, to whom his festival piece is dedicated.