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Peekskill continues its upward trend as Jazz Capital of Westchester County

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Last week, the Peekskill Herald proclaimed, “Peekskill quickly becoming Jazz capital of Westchester County”. This week, we double down as Peekskill continues its reign as the Jazz Capital of Westchester with four more concerts, in three separate venues, on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 


On Thursday, April 25, Jazz Nights at Apropos Restaurant at the Abbey Inn continues with Mark Morganelli & Eddie Monteiro from 6:30 to 8:30pm.  

Mark Morganelli, a jazz musician, promoter, and educator, is the founder and Executive Director of Jazz Forum Arts, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit based in Tarrytown, NY. 

Morganelli was born on May 15, 1955, in Chincoteague, VA. He is a 1977 graduate of Bucknell University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. Morganelli led the Bucknell Jazz and Rock Ensemble, bringing the group to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival, in July 1976. Morganelli began playing the trumpet and flugelhorn at age 9 and studied with Bennett Lentczner.

Morganelli as a trumpeter/flugelhornist has recorded six albums, toured the world, and has played with Dizzy Gillespie, Paquito D’Rivera, James Moody, Mario Bauza, Houston Person, John Hicks, Harold Land, Billy Hart, Ben Riley, Jimmy Cobb and Louis Hayes. As a Record pProducer he has produced more than 60 CDs, and through Jazz Forum Arts, Morganelli has provided free jazz education to hundreds  of young people from diverse backgrounds.

Eddie Monteiro is an internationally recognized musician and educator with more than 30 years of musical performance in classical, jazz, dance, theater, cabaret, and choral ensembles. He won several accordion championships as a youth and was also the youngest honoree elected to the American Accordionists Hall of Fame. The musician recently returned from Italy where he was performing and teaching.

The cost is $50 per person minimum and reservations are required. Call (914) 739-3546 for reservations. The last Jazz Night performer at Apropos will be Billy Stein on May 2. 


On Friday, April 26, the BeanRunner Cafe, Peekskill’s Premier Jazz Club and live music venue since 2008, will present Mary Cowden and Nate Liebert Quartet from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Brooklyn based vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter Mary Rose Cowden started her career as a jazz saxophonist earning a degree from The New School in Jazz-Performance. She has performed throughout Europe and North America playing on the stages of Newport Jazz Festival, Jazz Festival of Bern Switzerland, and Smalls Jazz Club.

Returning Beanrunner performer Nate Liebert is a Cortlandt Manor raised contemporary guitarist and songwriter who, after graduating from SUNY New Paltz in 2019 with a degree in Jazz Performance for Guitar and playing just about every hit possible in the Hudson Valley, moved to Brooklyn to further his studies in music on the most active scene in the world. He has since played around NYC at locations such as Nublu, Sofar HQ, Park Central Hotel, and studied with musicians such as Camila Meza and Matther Rotker-Lynn. The two met on the scene and quickly decided to start performing together.

Tickets are $20 per person, but don’t wait, tickets sell out quickly every weekend. For reservations, call 914-737-1701. To see what live music the Beanrunner has coming up every Friday and Saturday night, visit the, the Beanrunner’s Facebook Page or sign up for the Beanrunner’s newsletter to stay up to date with all the Jazziest music in town.


On Saturday, April 27, the BeanRunner Cafe will present Rhythm Rising Quartet from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. 

Rhythm Rising Quartet is a talented ensemble of Hudson Valley musicians, led by Grammy-nominated percussionist Tomas Martin Lopez. Their music blends Afro-Caribbean Latin Jazz, Bossa Nova, and Samba, with the vibraphone adding a smooth yet fiery drive.

The quartet includes Victor Catanzaro on Vibraphone, Doug Correllus on Piano, Ron Figueroa on Bass, and Tomas Martin Lopez on Percussion.

The Rhythm Rising Quartet masterfully honors traditional Latin Jazz artists such as Cal Tjader, Tito Puente, and Mongo Santamaria. In addition to paying homage to these legends, they also infuse their setlists with a blend of original compositions and beloved standards. Whether you’re a jazz enthusiast or simply appreciate soulful rhythms, the Rhythm Rising Quartet promises an engaging musical experience.

Tickets are $20 per person. For reservations, call 914-737-1701. 


On Sunday, April 28, Gleason’s will present Spring Time with The David August Sextet from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. 

The David August Sextet features Mindy Sax, Andy Abel, Thierry Arpino, Andrew Beals and Kip Sophos. David August, is a local musician, music educator, arranger and composer who resides in Peekskill. In addition to leading The David August Sextet, he also leads the Jazz Sunday at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Rye, New York. He has multiple albums under his belt including the album, “Jazz Sunday Collective”. Tickets for this event are $10 cash per person at the door.

For more live events and music at Gleason’s, visit or Gleason’s Facebook Page.

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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]