Dominick Farinacci’s Songbook Watch Parties Are Now Free, Thanks to Tri-C Jazzfest

Sun 5/10 @ 7PM

For the past month, jazz trumpet player Dominick Farinacci has been hosting a series of online concerts, mostly with jazz or jazz-adjacent artists, called Songbook Watch Parties, where you could hear artists from around the world perform hosted (and sometimes accompanied) by Farinacci himself. The concerts initially cost $15 to watch but now, thanks to the sponsorship of Tri-C JazzFest, they’re free to all.

Farinacci, of course, has a long relationship with Tri-C’s jazz program and with JazzFest. As a teenager he was part of the Tri-C High School All Stars program — and it was at JazzFest that he met jazz trumpet superstar Wynton Marsalis who encouraged him to apply for the then-new jazz studies program at New York’s Juilliard School. Since then, Farinacci has been home to Cleveland often to “pay it forward,” working with youngr musicians and participating in Tri-C JazzFest’s education program, as well as performing at multiple Jazzfests.

This Sunday’s Songbook Watch Party will feature Cleveland musicians clarinetist Ken Peplowski, keyboard player Lafayette Carthon, New Orleans-based accordionist Michael Ward-Bergemon and vocalist Will Blaze — “and more,” we’re promised.

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