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Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks at Essex Winter Series on February 18, 2024

ESSEX, CT –The 47th season of Essex Winter Series, which began in January, continues with its annual Stu Ingersoll Jazz Concert on February 18, 2024. Fan favorite and Grammy Award-winner Vince Giordano will keep it lively with his orchestra, The Nighthawks. Renowned members of the band include Andy Stein, Joe Boga, Jon-Erik Kellso, Sam Chess, brothers Will and Peter Anderson, Peter Yarin, Mark Lopeman, Arnt Arntzen, and Paul Wells. Following the group’s latest success – with an augmented Vince & The Nighthawks both on-screen and on the soundtrack of Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” – it will be a treat to hear them perform live once again at Valley Regional High School in Deep River.


On March 10, rising star Bixby Kennedy, clarinet, will grace the stage for the third EWS concert. Joining this very talented emerging artist at Congregation Beth Shalom in Chester, CT will be pianist Mika Sasaki for a program focused on the vibrant musical scene of the first half of the 20th century.

The season closes on April 7 with a gathering of cream-of-the-crop performers – David Shifrin, clarinet; William Purvis, horn; Frank Morelli, bassoon; Ani Kavafian and Ida Kavafian, violins; Steven Tenenbom, viola; Peter Wiley, cello; and Timothy Cobb, double bass – who will showcase Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” and Schubert’s Octet in F Major, D. 803. These world-renowned musicians have all appeared on the EWS stage before, most of them at BeethovenFest. Their joy in playing together for that event resulted in the creation of this new group, Essex Octet, so named for performing together through Essex Winter Series. See them at Valley Regional High School.

Concerts begin at 3 pm and all seating is general admission. For tickets visit or call 860-272-4572. For all our venues, parking, entry and seating accessibility is available.

Our 2024 season is generously sponsored by ASP Trust. Concerts are sponsored by BrandTech Scientific, Clark Group, Essex Financial Services, Essex Meadows, Essex Savings Bank, Jeffrey N. Mehler, CFP LLC, and Tower Laboratories. WSHU is the media sponsor. We also gratefully acknowledge the support for our mission of concerts and community outreach received in part through grant funding by the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, Connecticut Office of the Arts/DECD, Connecticut Humanities, Essex Community Fund, Essex Savings Bank Community Investment Program, and The Kitchings Family Foundation.

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