On August 12, jazz performer Evan Sherman is coming back to the East End for in a benefit for the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center (BHCCRC). For years, Jazz at Jennings benefit concerts were hosted by the late journalist Peter Jennings and his wife, Kayce Freed Jennings, at their Bridgehampton property as a benefit for the BHCCRC.
The annual summer benefit concerts began in 1996 and featured live jazz performances by musicians from around the country. The last Jazz at Jennings took place in 2004, a year before Peter Jennings died of lung cancer.
In 2015, 10 years after his passing, Kayce Freed Jennings and BHCCRC brought back the tradition, reincarnating it as Jazz for Jennings,
Sherman served as the Jazz for Jennings band leader for three years and continued the tradition with evening shows at the Stephen Talkhouse. On Thursday, August 12, Sherman will perform “Jazz for The Center,” two concerts under the stars at Guild Hall in East Hampton featuring Cyrus Chestnut and Dezron Douglas.
Born into a musical family in New Jersey, Sherman (b. 1993) began playing the drums at age 5 and had his first professional gigs at 13. Since then, he has been spreading musical enthusiasm all over the world, touring with Wynton Marsalis & the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Roy Hargrove, Ron Carter, Jimmy Heath, the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars, Cyrus Chestnut, Branford Marsalis and others. In 2014, he formed the Evan Sherman Big Band, a 16-piece group for which he writes and arranges, of up-and-coming young lions alongside a rotating cast of seasoned veterans and guests such as Roy Hargrove, Johnny O’Neal and Jon Batiste.
In addition to performing, Sherman presents clinics and workshops, educating people all over the world about jazz. Since 2017, Sherman he has served as artistic director for Jazz for Jennings.
The shows will benefit Guild Hall and BHCCRC and will take place on Guild Hall’s outdoor stage at 5 and 7 p.m. In case of rain, the concert will be moved into the John Drew Theater. Vaccination proof or masks are required.
“I am once again tremendously moved by the generosity of the jazz community and endlessly grateful to the musicians for caring about The Center and the community it serves,” Kayce Freed Jennings said. “They have stepped up whenever we’ve called. Peter, too, would have been grateful … and his spirit will be very much with us.”
Tickets for either the 5 or 7 p.m. concert are $100 at guildhall.org. Bring a chair or blanket. Guild Hall is at 158 Main Street, East Hampton.