JazzFest Falmouth

Jazztober October 19 and 20, 2019 

October means jazz in Falmouth: a Jazz Stroll on Saturday, October 19, and a Jazz Brunch on Sunday, October 20. Sponsored by ArtsFalmouth and the Falmouth Village Association, the two events feature local and regional jazz musicians playing an eclectic array of jazz, blues, and contemporary music from American Standards to progressive jazz, and original compositions.

The Jazz Stroll takes place from 5 PM to 8:30 PM on Saturday, October 20 in shops, restaurants and public buildings along Queen’s BuyWay and Main Street. Each performance is an hour and 15 minutes, with starting times staggered so that attendees can attend one performance after another.

 All Jazz Stroll events are free and open to the public. Shops and restaurants will be open for business during the stroll. It's a great opportunity to check out recent renovations at a number of the venues, to admire the scarecrows that decorate Main Street and shop a sidewalk sale or two.

On Sunday, October 20, from noon to 2 PM, jazz ensembles will entertain during Sunday Jazz Brunch at two restaurants in town: The British Beer Company and The Pickle Jar. 

Saturday, October 19, Jazz Stroll 

5 to 6:15 PM ByWay Barber, 49 N. Main Street

Pat Ryan Quartet









The Pat Ryan Quartet features Pat Ryan on guitar,, Laird Bowles on acoustic bass, Dan Pappas on keyboards, and Steve Langone on drums.  The quartet will play a blend of the guitarist’s original music as well as interpret some musical gems from a variety of sources and genres.


The Byway Barber offers barber chairs from the 1930s, a friendly, folksy environment, and a full range of services for men, women, and children. 


  5:15 to 6:30 PM Falmouth Museums on the Green, 65 Palmer Avenue

Falmouth Academy Jazz Combo

The Falmouth Academy Jazz Combo, featuring pianist James Goldbach, a junior from Plymouth, and bassist/violinist Lucca MacDonald, a junior from Barnstable. The two talented students will play jazz standards and contemporary pop music.

Falmouth Museums on the Green is a two-acre campus in historic downtown Falmouth. The Visitor’s Center, Cultural Center, colonial gardens, and historic walking tours are not-to-be-missed.





5:30 to 6:45 PM Vagabond View Photography and Rural Roots, 95 Palmer Ave

Andrew Sexton Trio

The Andrew Sexton Trio plays an eclectic repertoire of jazz standards, originals and selections from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Vocalist Andrew Sexton chooses tunes that have lyrics or stories that have a special meaning for him. His honest vocal delivery and unadorned guitar work is supported by Brandon Sylvia on saxophone and Craig Hamilton on acoustic bass. Brandon, a recent UMass music major graduate is "a sensitive soloist and an original accompanist," said Andrew. "It is an honor to have him." 


Vagabond View Photography features photography by Lee Geishecker ranging from scenery and landscape to weddings and portraits, both studio and outdoor. Rural Roots offers old and new gifts, apparel, jewelry and more.



5:45 to 7 PM Palmer House Inn, 81 Palmer Avenue

Alan Clinger and Rod McCaulley Jazz Duo

Guitarist Alan Clinger and bassist Rod McCaulley will play mainstream jazz standards from the Great American Songbook.


The Palmer House is a romantic Victorian B&B located in the Historic District. Carefully curated to preserve its historic character, the Inn has been updated to provide all the comforts of the Cape Cod get-a-way.








  6:00 to 7:15 PM Puritan, 199 Main Street 

 Jerry DohertyJerry Doherty Jazz Trio

Singer/guitarist Jerry Doherty, vocalist Valerie Sullivan, and bass player Dough McLaughlin, will play old-school jazz and other genres. 


 Puritan Cape Cod is the Cape’s source for the latest fashions for men, women, and an outdoor lifestyle.





6:15 to 7:30 PM The Gilded Oyster, 155 Main Street

Vintage SlandThe Analogues

The Analogues perform from 6:15 to 7:30 PM  at The Gilded Oyster, 155 Main Street. The Analogues, with Neil Ganju on vocals and guitar, and Shawn Malcolmson on percussion, play reggae, funk, blues, and jazz, reinventing classics while bringing in new grooves.

The Gilded Oyster is a fine jewelry boutique that brings together local heritage, timeless elegance, and unique treasures. 





6:30 to 7:45 PM, Eight Cousins, 189 Main Street

Bill TaylorBill Taylor Trio

Jazz saxophonist and vocalist Bill Taylor, pianist and vocalist Dave Valerio, and drummer Chris Bean will entertain with jazz, samba, and swing.


Eight Cousins, a family bookstore for all ages, will have a collection of jazz and music-related books on display. They sponsor the very popular “Where’s Waldo” scavenger hunt every year and other activities supporting reading by children and adults. 




6:45 to 8 PM The Black Dog General Store, 214 Main Street

Dawna Hammers Band

The Dawna Hammers Band features vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Dawna Hammers, guitarist Pat Ryan, string bass player Laird Bowles, and Steve Langone on drums. The band plays originals and standard ballads, bossas, swing, and blues, everything from Billie Holliday to Joni Mitchell. 


The Black Dog is a popular place to shop for T-shirts, caps, apparel, gifts, and more. A trip to Cape Cod is not complete without a visit to this iconic spot for souvenirs with the famous Black Dog logo.



7:15 to 8:30 PM The Gallery on Main, 317 Main Street

The Jim Robitaille Trio

Guitarist and award-winning composer Jim Robitaille has performed, recorded with, and/or shared the bill with many acclaimed jazz musicians and has appeared on over 20 recording as a leader and sideman.



The Gallery on Main features works by many different artists and hosts live performances throughout the year. The shop is owned by artist Karen Rinaldo and musician Don Cross.


Liam Maguire’s, 273 Main Street

Liam Maguire's Irish PubTBA