A very special Geneva Night Out will take place on Friday, April 4th, 2014 as part of a city-wide effort to honor and celebrate the life of Geneva native and jazz legend Scott LaFaro.
First, on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 (the 78th anniversary of the birth of Scott LaFaro), the City of Geneva will declare April 3rd to be the first annual ‘Scott LaFaro Day.’
Then, during Geneva Night Out on April 4th at 5:30pm, a special dedication and street renaming ceremony will take place at the south corner of Seneca Street and Linden Street (next to the Seneca Street parking lot). The portion of Linden Street from Seneca Street south to South Exchange Street (also known as ‘Carter Union Alley’) will be renamed ‘Scott LaFaro Drive.’ Nicolas Walker, Associate Professor-Performance Studies at the Ithaca College School of Music, will be among the guest speakers at the dedication.
Meanwhile at Stomping Grounds, Kelly Walker of Finger Lakes Public Radio will be on hand, playing select recordings from Scott’s storied career. At 7:00pm at the Finger Lakes Gifts and Lounge, Cool Club Quartet will be performing the music of Scott LaFaro.
Stomping Grounds will also have a limited number of Scott LaFaro posters featuring a painting by Manny Fernandez (husband of Scott’s sister Helene LaFaro-Fernandez), which will be sold to benefit Geneva High School’s annual Scott LaFaro Memorial Award.
As always, there will be a variety of artists and activities at our participating venues across downtown, and the detailed walking map will be available on this website and at our participating venues soon!