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The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet with Wynton Marsalis

“Sound of Democracy”

Friday, October 2nd, 7PM

MoCA Westport​

We are very excited to share that the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet with Wynton Marsalis will be performing live outdoors at MoCA Westport on Friday, October 2nd at 7 p.m. Their program, “Sound of Democracy” features brand new music that will be played in Connecticut for the first time.

Attendees can bring their own food/drinks or enjoy the delicious offerings of Valencia Luncheria and Baked & Sauced, on-site food trucks. Please plan to bring your own lawn chair seating.  As always, all health and safety guidelines will be followed, including the wearing of masks and physically distanced seating. 

Don’t miss this legendary, award-winning performer right here in Westport! 

PLEASE NOTE: Because our parking lot and outdoor grounds will be in use to create the best concert experience for our guests, parking will not be available at MoCA Westport for the event. Concert attendees should plan to park at St. Peter’s Church located at 208 Newtown Avenue or The Chabad Lubavitch of Westport located at 79 Newtown Turnpike. You will be transported in open-air (fun!) trolleys directly to MoCA Westport from the church parking lot.  Trolleys will run beginning at 5:30 p.m. and will also return attendees to St. Peter’s and the Chabad after the concert. Ride share services such as Uber should also drop attendees off at MoCA Westport’s driveway entrance. 

If you need to make other arrangements due to health or physical concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us in advance at 203/222-7070. 

RAIN DATE: Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 7 p.m. No refunds will be issued. 

Thank you to our Stage Sponsors for supporting MoCA Westport. We also thank our Event Sponsors including Abbey Tent and Party Rentals, Aitoro Appliances, The Collected Home by Risa King, Walpole Outdoors, A Dash of Salt Catering, WPKN, The Delamar Hotel, and Whipsmart Wine Company. Thank you to Cafe Agave, Copps Island Oysters, Peter Fasano Textiles, St. Peters Lutheran Church, Chabad Lubavitch of Westport, Valencia Luncheria, Baked & Sauced, Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce and New York Trolley Company for their support. Concert sponsorship opportunities are available.  Please contact Andrea Pouliot at to learn more.

We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Jazz at Lincoln Center on this event. Because we could not hold our largest fundraising event this spring, our annual gala, proceeds from this event will provide support to the Museum and to Jazz at Lincoln Center.


More About Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis is the managing and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center and a world-renowned trumpeter and composer. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1961, Marsalis began his classical training on trumpet at age 12, entered The Juilliard School at age 17, and then joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. He made his recording debut as a leader in 1982, and has since recorded more than 60 jazz and classical recordings, which have won him nine Grammy Awards. In 1983 he became the first and only artist to win both classical and jazz Grammys in the same year and repeated this feat in 1984.

Marsalis is also an internationally respected teacher and spokesman for music education, and has received honorary doctorates from dozens of U.S. universities and colleges. He has written six books; his most recent are Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!, illustrated by Paul Rogers and published by Candlewick Press in 2012, and Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life with Geoffrey C. Ward, published by Random House in 2008. In 1997 Marsalis became the first jazz artist to be awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in music for his oratorio Blood on the Fields, which was commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center. In 2001 he was appointed Messenger of Peace by Mr. Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and he has also been designated cultural ambassador to the United States of America by the U.S. State Department through their CultureConnect program. Marsalis was instrumental in the Higher Ground Hurricane Relief concert, produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center. The event raised more than $3 million for the Higher Ground Relief Fund to benefit the musicians, music industry-related enterprises, and other individuals and entities from the areas in Greater New Orleans who were affected by Hurricane Katrina. Marsalis helped lead the effort to construct Jazz at Lincoln Center’s home—Frederick P. Rose Hall—the first education, performance, and broadcast facility devoted to jazz, which opened in October 2004.

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