Warwick, NY 10990
When he moved to Warwick from New York City six years ago, professional drummer Steve Rubin says it was “a nice surprise” to meet several other musicians who lived in or near the Orange County town. The discovery led Rubin — who obviously has a touch of the entrepreneur about him — to found the Warwick Valley Jazz Festival in 2010 “as a way to celebrate a great American musical art form, and promote tourism and business in Warwick.” Now in its second year, the four-day event (which took place last August) featured 14 performances occurring in local restaurants, bookstores, art galleries, even on the village green; all but two of them were free. Some of the performers — for instance, horn player Todd Williams (who’s jammed with Wynton Marsalis) and bassist Mark Egan (he’s recorded with Sting and Roger Daltry, among others) — are big names in the jazz world; but Rubin says the fest remains “true to the ideal of highlighting local talent” while boosting Warwick’s reputation as an arts hot spot. A win-win all around, we’d say.