Jazz by David Chevan & Warren Byrd on the Best Video deck Thurs., May 13

Jazz bassist David Chevan will be playing with pianist Warren Byrd outdoors on the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck Thurs., May 13, starting at 4:30 PM. They will probably play some standards, some originals, and some music from their group, The Afro-Semitic Experience.

Warren Byrd and David Chevan met at a Hartford jazz club and first started playing together in 1995. They played in various groups in jazz clubs all around Connecticut. Both open-minded musicians, they enjoyed interplay and communicating through improvisation. And so they began a friendship both on and off stage that has continued to this day. In 1997, they were invited to give a sermon in song at an MLK service at Congregation Mishkan Israel in Hamden. They added sacred music to their repertoire and began sharing their music in alternative performance spaces, namely houses of worship.

Since 1997, The Warren Byrd-David Chevan Duo and their group, The Afro-Semitic Experience, have given concerts across the United States in concert halls, churches, synagogues, schools and colleges. They have been featured artists at many festivals including the Detroit MusicFest, NY Noise Festival, the Washington D.C. Festival of Jewish Music, Greater Hartford Jazz Festival, the Paris Festival of Jewish Culture, and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven. They have been featured in stories on NPR’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon and Religion and Ethics Newsweekly on PBS.

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and masks are mandatory. (Yes, you can lower them to take a drink but please raise them up again.)

No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up.

Parking is available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.