Arts & Entertainment

Westfield’s Summer Jazz Festival Continues Every Tuesday in August

Don Braden/Karl Latham Big Fun(k) fills Westfield's streets with the sounds of smooth Jazz. Credits: Kim Statler
Raphael Cruz Quartet gets the crowd moving with their smooth Latin Jazz outside of First Baptist Church on Elm Street. Credits: Kim Statler
Chalk art at the North Avenue train station lawn shows Westfield's appreciation for the area's musical talent. Credits: Kim Statler

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival will continue to fill the streets of Downtown Westfield with music each Tuesday night, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., until its closing night on Aug. 29. (Rain dates Wednesdays.) The annual two-month music festival encourages residents and visitors alike to support the area’s dining and shopping establishments while coming together as a community.

“This concert series is an essential element of being a destination town,” Pat Cruz, director of TEATRO Si and long-time supporter of the arts, said. “It’s so effective because you’re giving people what they want – good food, music, camaraderie – and the local businesses blossom because of it.”

Cruz was quick to point out how great of an opportunity it is for concert-goers to experience a recent performance by the Raphael Cruz Quartet led by Grammy-award winning Latin Jazz recording artist Raphael Cruz.

Sign Up for E-News

Each week, festival attendees of all ages can be found enjoying performances by five unique jazz bands spread all throughout Downtown Westfield. From Foundation Park at 439 South Avenue all the way to First Baptist Church at 170 Elm Street, varying styles of jazz music can be heard.

Saxophonist Don Braden shared some words about what it means to him to be a part of a performance in Westfield.

“I love anytime that we, as artists, can contribute to bringing the people of the area together. We are always happy to do that,” he said. “It’s a win-win when the community can come out to enjoy good music and support local businesses.”

As the 2017 Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival continues, each week will showcase a new variety of musical talents. For a complete list of upcoming performances and specific locations, click here.


TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Union County 4-H Club Reaches Out to Help after Hurricane Maria

March 16, 2018

Student members of the Union County 4-H Variety Club reached across local and state borders to help displaced pets earlier this year. Through their “4-H for our 4 Pawed Friends” community service project, they collected donations to help St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison after the organization sheltered more than 700 pets in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

A ...

Do You Know How Colleges Calculate How Much You Should Pay?

In his last few videos Chris Curran has talked about college financial aid.    In today's Takeaway Tuesday Chris talks about Expected Family Contribution (EFC), Cost of Attendance(COA) and the amount of need an individual family may have based on those components.   

If you want to know how these things are calculated and what they mean to your child-bound child ...

Are You Harnessing the Potential of the College Financial Aid Process?

Chris Curran works with families to plan for college.  A big part of what he does is help families reduce the overall cost of college by harnessing the power of the financial aid process.   

Do you know what assets should be listed on financial aid forms and which should not?  Did you know that retirement accounts and some other family owned assets don't have to be ...

Proud to support Tom Malinowski for Congress

March 8, 2018

Every single day, whether I want to be or not, I am reminded how important it is that Democrats gain control of the House of Representatives in November and check Donald Trump. Fortunately, there is a terrific candidate in New Jersey's 7th Congressional District who can beat incumbent Leonard Lance. That candidate is Tom Malinowski.

I'm a lifelong New Jersey resident -- including ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 13

On this episode of AtlantiCast, new clinical studies in the fields of cardiology and immunotherapy, national and statewide recognitions for Atlantic Health System medical centers and the inaugural AtlantiCast Collab Challenge!


State-of-the-Art Pain Relief Therapy Now Available at Cornerstone Physical Therapy of Clark

CLARK, NJ – Cornerstone Physical Therapy Health and Wellness Center is now offering the latest technology in therapeutic pain relief with the introduction of the LightForce™ EXPi Deep Tissue Therapy Laser.  This therapy offers the highest level of pain relief available using a new and enhanced 25 watt Class IV Laser.

Laser Therapy is a surgery-free, drug-free option for ...