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Peekskill quickly becoming Jazz capital of Westchester County


With the likes of South Street Jazz, Jazz nights at Apropos, and many other live Jazz events held in and around Peekskill on a weekly basis, Peekskill is quickly becoming the Jazz capital of Westchester County.

Thursday, April 18th

This Thursday, Jazz Nights at Apropos Restaurant at the Abbey Inn continues  with Bob Arthurs & Steve LaMattina.

Bob Arthurs & Steve LaMattina at Divino Cucina Italinana in Hastings.
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Bob Arthurs has been playing the trumpet professionally for over five decades, both in the New York area and abroad. He was on the faculty of the Music Conservatory of Westchester in White Plains from 1972 – 2005. From 1990 to 2005 he was the dean of Students and Faculty and head of the jazz department at the Conservatory. From 2007 to 2016 he was the trumpet instructor at Rye Country Day School. From 2017 to 2019 he was the jazz coordinator and jazz group leader for the Music in the Alps Summer Festival in Bad Gastein, Austria.

Steve LaMattina has been playing the guitar professionally for over four decades. His skill on the guitar and as a vocal accompanist puts him in great demand by instrumentalists and singers throughout the New York area. He is featured on many recordings by renowned musicians. He was on the faculty of the Music Conservatory of Westchester from 1980 to 2006.

Kick back and relax amid great food, great sights, and great live jazz. Experience the soul-stirring magic of live jazz at Apropos,a Michelan rated restaurant and immerse yourself in the enchanting melodies and rhythmic beats.

This jazz duo has been playing for well over a decade together and is a show you cannot miss.

Apropos Restaurant, a 2021 and 2022 Westchester Magazine winner, 2023 Michelin guide rated restaurant and one of the Top 15 restaurants to eat in Northern Westchester according to, will continue their Jazz Nights every Thursday until May 2. Future performers include: Mark Morganelli and Eddie Monteiro on April 25 and Charley Krachy and Billy Stein on May 2.  Call (914) 739-3546 for reservations.  $50 per person minimum and reservations are required.

Lonnie's Blues (by Bob Arthurs) Recorded at the Music Conservatory of Westchester, January 27, 2013 via @faimivivere on YouTube

Sunday, April 21st

South Street Jazz will be the hottest place in Peekskill when drummer, Jonathan Blake arrives in Peekskill on Sunday, April 21st. The Spring Edition of South Street Jazz continues with drummer Johnathan Blake who will create a power Jazz trio with Donny McCaslin on sax and Dezron Douglas joining him on bass.


Johnathan Blake is one of the most accomplished drummers of his generation and has proven himself a complete and endlessly versatile musician. Blake’s gift for composition and leading  bands reflects years of live and studio experience across the aesthetic spectrum. Heralded by NPR Music as “the ultimate modernist,” he has collaborated with Pharoah Sanders, Ravi Coltrane, Tom Harrell, Hans Glawischnig, Avishai Cohen, Donny McCaslin, Linda May Han Oh, Jaleel Shaw, Chris Potter, Maria Schneider, Alex Sipiagin, Kris Davis and countless other distinctive voices. DownBeat, an American music magazine devoted to “jazz, blues and beyond” since 1934 wrote, “It’s a testament to Blake’s abilities that he makes his presence felt in any context.” 

Krisitna Koller, founder of South Street Jazz and profiled by the Peekskill Herald in Women Who Make A Difference in Peekskill recalls, “when Johnathan Blake sent an email about the artists he would be bringing along with him, my jaw dropped.” She said, “Grammy nominated Donny McCaslin is best known for his sax playing on David Bowie’s last album, Blackstar. Dezron Douglas just finished up his residency at the iconic Village Vanguard in Greenwich Village that has hosted many highly renowned jazz musicians such as John Coltrane, and today is the oldest operating jazz club in New York City. Koller says, “I call the trio that Johnathan Blake is bringing a power jazz trio because each of the musicians are at the top of their craft. You don’t want to miss this jazz power trio!” 

For tickets to see Johnathan Blake this Sunday, April 21st from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at South Street Jazz click here to for the Eventbrite link. South Street Jazz is an intimate 60 seat pop up Jazz club located at 925 South Street at The Artist Spot in Antonia Arts. Get your tickets early. House of Waters, the last show at South Street Jazz sold out.

To top off a fantastic show, South Street Jazz and Slainte are collaborating on a dinner and show discount. Ticket holders can show proof of purchase for Johnathan Blake at Slainte, and will get 15 percent off a meal. The South Street Jazz doors open at 6:30pm, so grab a date and don’t be late. 

The final South Street Jazz performance of the Spring will be Adam O’Farrill’s Stranger Days on May 19, 2024.

Jonathan Blake Trio- Cryin' Blues via Chris' Jazz Cafe @ChrisJazzCafePhilly on YouTube

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About the Contributor
Dave Mueller
As a Peekskill native, Dave is thrilled to be working with the Peekskill Herald showcasing featured calendar events. A 1999 graduate of PHS, he remembers reading and enjoying the original weekly print edition of the Peekskill Herald every Thursday. He especially liked the political stories, local features and sports coverage when it was written by Peekskill Runner columnist Jack Burns who always managed to weave history into the running times. An avid hiker, he enjoys exploring the local trails as well as the concrete ones in his job as a conductor for Metro North Railroad. He’s a former teacher and co-founder of the Friends of the Peekskill Dog Park, where he frequently can be found with his Koda. He’s happy to be part of the Herald’s growth as the source of local news for Peekskill and looks forward to highlighting a few of many of the events and happenings in Peekskill and the surrounding communities. Reach Dave at [email protected]