Who We Are
Falmouth Jazz, Inc is an all-volunteer non-profit 501 (c) (3) effort to enrich the Falmouth Community through great live jazz.
Cape Cod and Falmouth have a long jazz tradition.
Jazz hit Cape Cod as it did everywhere else, with the coming of the Jazz era. Dance music was the order of the day (and night).
Bournehurst-on-the-Canal in Buzzards Bay boasted the largest dance floor in Southeastern Massachusetts. The Atlantic House in Providence features jazz greats Gerry Mulligan, Billie Holiday and Stan Getz.
When Boston clubs closed down in the summer heat, musicians would follow the people to old Cape Cod where the work was. The famous Columns in Dennis became a special place where musicians like Tony Bennet would gather to perform under the tent in the summer.
Falmouth developed a thriving jazz scene. It is estimated that 10-15 restaurants and bars had jazz performances. Woods Hole became a jazz hot spot. Concerts began in in Community Hall in the late 60s. Well-known musicians with connections to the Cape, like Dave McKenna, Al Cohn and Bobby Greene became regular performers.
Jazz could be heard at the Fishmonger Café and the Captain Kidd as well as the Firehouse in Woods Hole. The series operated under a number of names over the years including Jazz in Community Hall, Jazz in the Firehouse, Sunday Night Jazz at the Kidd, Woods Hole Jazz and Falmouth Jazz.
Falmouth has had it’s own festival, JazzFest Falmouth featuring performances by stars like John Batiste, Grace Kelly, Catherine Russell, Tierney Sutton and Karyn Alison. The festival featured a very popular Friday night jazz stroll with groups playing in shops and restaurants along main street. The jazz stroll continues today.
Falmouth’s jazz scene today is as vibrant as ever with performances at local restaurants, Highfield Hall and Gardens, the Gallery on Main, West Falmouth Library, Harrys, Liam McGuire’s, Community Hall.
Here’s a partial list of great jazz artist who have performed in Falmouth. Nicki Parrott Rossano Sportiello Harry Allen Howard Alden Herbie King Anat Cohen Bucky Pizzarelli Frank Tate Alan Broadbent Tim Ray Dave McKenna Frank Wilkins Stan Strickland Dave Zinno
Esparanza Spaulding Jason Palmer Steve Smith Royal Hartigan Greg Abate Shawn Monteiro Cercie Miller
Paul Broadnax Avery Sharpe Sax Gordon Beadle Bobby Greene Al Cohn Alan Dawson Ron Wilkins Ed Sheer New Black Eagle Jazz Band Bruce Millard Dan Barrett Scott Shetler Eugene Friesen Pat Loomis Mike Renzi Tom Renshaw Jim Gwin Alizon Lissance Geordie Gude Cleopatra Wilkins Les Harris Jr. Shirley Lewis Paul Nagle Bob Abruzese Richard Malcom Greg Holt Ron Ormsby Vinny Raniolo Monica Rizzio
Lee Lundy Eliot Zigmund David Clark Bob Savine Olli Soilleli Gordon Webster Hetty Kate Sergio Bellotti Sarah McKenzie Jon Weber Bobby Tynes Bruce Gertz Yoko Miwa Huron Isreal Dave Zox
Bruce Millard Ted Casher Thomas Hebb Stanley Swan Joe Cohn Samoa Wilson Dick Johnson Elliot Zigmund David Clarke Bob Savine Lee Lundy Paul Del Naro Chris Bellomo Marshal Wood
Christine Fawson Phil Wilson Mark Shelansky Mudcat Ward Zac Casher Shinichi Otsu Chuck Wilson Steve Langone Marty Ballou Herb Pomeroy Donna Byrne Kate McGarry Keith Ganz Nadia Washington Simon Wilson Coran Henley Mike Melee Sharik Hasan Scott Arcangel Mike Tucker Svetlana Shmulyian and the Delancey Five: Charlie Caranicas Michael Hashim Willerm Delisfort Noah Jackson Rob Garcia Hilary Gardner Ehud Asherie Keala Kaumeheiwa Laszlo Gardony Marco Pignataro Lee Fish Wally Ali Jared Henderson Mike Renzi Arne Krarkowsky Alexis Cole Pat “O’Leary Matt Savage John Funkhouser Emery Mesich, Steve Silverstein Judy Carmichael Chris Flory Pasqualle Grass Billy Novick Guy Van Duser Nicole Zuraitis Idan Morim Alex Smith Dan Puglach Marc Walker Don Falzone Judy Carmichael Sullivan Fortner …and many more top jazz musicians