Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center Announces Fall and Holiday Jazz Series

-Courtesy of Aversa PR & Events

Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center is offering a stellar series of jazz performances with more than two dozen musicians, vocalists, and dancers appearing in West Chester this September through December, hosted by local jazz and blues artist, Sara Michaels. Michaels curates the Jazz Cocktail Hour presenting local and international jazz artists with a special focus on women artists. Audiences will enjoy the performances in one of two intimate spaces – the 85-seat Univest Cabaret and the 327-seat A. Roy Smith Mainstage theater.

-The series begins in September with an appearance by The Hailey Brinnel Quartet. Brinnel, a Philadelphia-based artist, comes to Uptown on Thursday, September 15 at 7:30PM.

-Soulful artist Lili Añel appears Thursday, October 20 at 7:30PM.

-There is a double dose of music in November with a Sinners & Saints Weekend featuring the Aaron Graves Jazz Ensemble and Miche Braden on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7:30PM. Rounding out the weekend are Sherry Butler Wilson & the Hot Saints of Jazz, featuring dancer Lauren Putty, on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 13 at 3:30PM.

-To kick off December, audiences can get into the holiday spirit with a family-friendly concert, The Cartoon Christmas Trio, with local children’s choirs joining the musicians on-stage, on Tuesday, December 6 at 7:30PM.

-December wraps up with The Last Big Band Holiday Show with Erich Cawalla and Larry McKenna, on Tuesday, December 20 at 7:30PM.

All Jazz Series shows are at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center located at 226 N. High Street. Ticket prices vary by show. For more about Uptown shows and concerts, Theatre Society Subscriptions, Friends of Uptown, and more, please visit https://uptownwestchester.org.

“There is an incredible history of jazz in this region,” said April Evans, Executive Director, “and we want to be part of keeping that legacy alive.” She added, “we feel very lucky that both of our performing spaces offer the kind of setting where these artists can really connect with listeners.” 

“Jazz was born and raised in America, and it is a living art form,” said Jazz Cocktail Hour host, Sara Michaels. “One may call it a spiritual experience with powerful learning moments, mixed with laughter and great imagination as these jazz musicians, vocalists and dancers take to the Uptown stages. Will there be an uplifting of your soul? The answer is, yes!”

For more information about the upcoming theatre season and all music events happening at Uptown, visit https://uptownwestchester.org/ and follow Uptown on Facebook and Instagram @UptownWC. 


Established in 2017, Uptown Knauer Performing Arts Center is a unique Chester County, PA destination for world-class performing arts in historic downtown West Chester. Built in 1916, and proudly holding five preservation and community impact awards, this former armory is now home to professional theatre, music, dance, comedy and film in a modernized, accessible, and acoustically ideal space. Performances are held in an intimate 327-seat Mainstage theatre and 85-seat Cabaret, with additional classrooms and performing space for theatre students.   

Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center is committed to enriching our communities through the transcendent power of the performing arts. 

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