Jamming at The Parrish with Morris Goldberg

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Morris Goldberg

The Parrish Art Museum is a partnering venue with The Jam Session, Inc., for the first annual Hamptons Jazz Fest 2021. On Friday, July 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Morris Goldberg & SafroJazz performs with special guests trumpet player Diego Urcola, and bassist Bakithi Kumalo. Both Goldberg and Kumalo recorded for Paul Simon on his 1986 Grammy-Winning Album of the Year, “Graceland.’ The event takes place outdoors on the museum’s terrace and event lawn, rain or shine. It is offered free of charge. Guests may bring their own chairs and attend the concert in person or watch the livestream on the Parrish YouTube channel.

In addition to his association with Simon, playing the soprano sax and pennywhistle solo on the song “You Can Call Me Al,” Goldberg has worked and toured with Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, and Harry Belafonte, among many others. He served as the woodwind specialist on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” for six years and played for many artists including Tony Bennett and Phil Collins. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Goldberg came to New York to study at the Manhattan School of Music and later formed his own group, Ojoyo, which specializes in South African flavored jazz — or Safrojazz. The group has recorded three albums of original music and played at many jazz festivals and clubs throughout the United States with Hugh Masekela. Goldberg teaches at the Ross School in East Hampton and performs throughout New York City and Long Island.

Bakithi Kumalo, a South African bassist, composer, and vocalist, is renowned for his fretless bass run on “You Can Call Me Al.” He has toured regularly with Simon, released several solo records, and performed as a session musician with artists such as Herbie Hancock, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Randy Brecker, Grover Washington Jr., Cyndi Lauper and Mickey Hart.

Three-time Grammy Award nominee, trumpeter Diego Urcola, has been a member of the Paquito D’Rivera Quintet since 1991. He performs regularly with the legendary saxophonist Jimmy Heath and the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Star Big Band.

The Parrish Art Museum is at 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill. For details, visit parrishart.org.

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