JAZZ at WESTMINSTER Series Honored by WV Board of Directors

Jazz line up:
Back row left to right: Jim Brown, Judy Starbuck, Bob Lindquist, Beth Heisler, Bonnie Hirschberg, Chuck Murrell, Barb Murrell
Front row seated: Larry Linkin, Lew Shaw

The dedicated volunteers who tirelessly support the Jazz Series at Westminster Village were recently honored by the WV Board of Directors. This resident-directed program, which has been highly successful and popular, brings joy to the residents through music and entertainment.

Jazz is known for its diverse styles and its ability to bring people together. Each concert in this series has been unique and memorable, featuring the music of great composers like Gershwin and Cole Porter, tunes from the Jazz Age, the Big Band era, Broadway, and the Great American Songbook, as well as memorable vocals. The incorporation of interesting narration and video elements has enriched the understanding and appreciation of what is often referred to as ‘America’s original art form.’

The JAZZ at WESTMINSTER concerts have consistently been the most well-attended events in recent memory. These concerts have been self-sustaining and are open to all residents at no cost, with the cost per concert averaging just $15.

In response to this honor, Lew Shaw, who co-chairs alongside Larry Linkin, expressed his gratitude. “When Larry and I were initially asked to ‘book a couple of concerts’ featuring Nicole Pesce back in 2019, we had no idea it would evolve into the wonderful series it has become. Credit goes to the outstanding musicians who have graced the stage and to the enthusiastic support of Westminster Village residents.”

Over the course of these concerts, they had the privilege of hosting 50 musicians, some of whom have international reputations and have performed at prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and major jazz clubs in the United States and Europe.

The success of this series is the result of a true team effort. Tom Winkleman and the Administrative staff have been unwavering in their support, providing in-kind contributions for printing, housing, and meals for the musicians. The dedicated committee has played a significant role in making these concerts special in various ways.