Summer Concert

Summer Concert Series:
Old, New, & Blue:
A Celebration of George Gershwin

July 27, 2018

Summer Concert Series artist

Top trumpeter of his generation and original Catskill Jazz Factory artist Dominick Farinacci returns to CJF to lead this world premiere of the Catskill Jazz Factory Music Machine, a multi-generational and multi-cultural big band that breaks all boundaries. Farinacci and the Music Machine present this night offering new interpretations of traditional jazz, pop and rock standards, all leading up to the centerpiece of the program, the world premiere of a specially-commissioned tribute performance of George Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue.

Evening Schedule

5 p.m. | Doors Open
7–8:30 p.m. | Concert
8:30–10:30 p.m. | Exhibition Viewing

NYBG Shop open until 9 p.m.

Ticket Information

Non-Member $48 / Member $43
Summer Concert Series pass including all three concerts: Non-Member $129 / Member $114

Advance purchase recommended. Events are rain or shine.


Includes Corporate and Patrons


  1. Dominick Farinacci, trumpet
    Shenel Johns, vocals
    Julien Labro, accordion
    Edmar Castaneda, harp
    Anat Cohen, clarinet & alto
    Eddie Barbash, alto
    Patrick Bartley, tenor
    Marshall Gilkes, trombone
    André Mehmari, piano
    Russell Hall, bass
    Kyle Poole, drums
    Salar Nadar, tabla
    Christian Tamburr, vibes
    Jamey Haddad, percussion

  2. “Every so often I meet a young artist who has what I call an old soul – that’s Dom! He’s a rare bird — persistent as all heck, but in a nice way, like all the greats I’ve known… I was blown away.”

    -Tommy Lipuma

    Dominick Farinacci is set to release his Mack Avenue Records debut, Short Stories — a compelling suite of music with a repertoire that spans genres and generations united by the trumpeter/composer’s soulful comception. Bringing together songs from Tom Waits, Horace Silver, Dianne Reeves and the Gipsy Kings as well as original compositions, Farinacci has managed to create his own musical universe, aided by musicians of the highest caliber. A short glance at the artists that he and producer Tommy Lipuma involved speaks for itself: Christian McBride, Steve Gadd, Larry Goldings, Jacob Collier, Jamey Haddad and Gil Goldstein, for starters.

    Farinacci had already achieved enough stature by his mid-teens that Wynton Marsalis offered to help him set his sights on coming to New York, and by 2001, Farinacci was one of only four trumpeters in the world to be selected as the inaugural students in The Juilliard School’s first jazz curriculum. During his school years and afterwards, Farinacci immediately distinguished himself as a soloist/bandleader/composer with a vision.

    Soon thereafter, Farinacci was named the first Global Ambassador for Jazz at Lincoln Center and traveled to Qatar, where his world expanded beyond his wildest dreams. Throughout the two years that Farinacci spent there, he broadened his activities to include dozens of different projects, where the goal was, through his music and outreach activities, to unite communities and overcome barriers of every sort: nationality, religion, musical taste, as well as economic and educational statuses in Qatar and Abu Dhabi. Out of this experience, Farinacci was inspired to write “Doha Blues.”

    Due to his accomplishments in music and wellness, Farinacci was invited to do a Ted Talk in Washington, D.C. and has been invited to perform by the Cleveland Clinic and Mubadala Development Company on numerous occasions. Community based campaigns Farinacci has developed and led include a partnership with the U.S. Marines to help children of Hurricane Sandy, a music project working to bring together the jazz and gospel communities in Cleveland (Spirit of the Groove), a fundraiser to benefit victims of the 2011 Japanese

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