Please join us at 3:30pm this coming Saturday, January 28th in our Banquet Room for a behind-the-scenes look at the development and pre-production of “The Team Room” – a new play about the Army Special Forces immediately before, during, and after 9/11.

The playwright (Bill Raskin) and producer (Michael Hare) will be on hand to discuss the production run and premiere in Washington, DC scheduled for October 2023.

The production is a 501(c)3 to raise awareness for veterans service. Following closing night, all net proceeds will contribute toward the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

This event is free-of-charge with no required contribution.  The team is excited to share their story of the mission.  The team is grateful for any who may wish to contribute or sponsor. Events like this are extremely helpful in spreading the word.

Thank you and we look forward to meeting everyone on Saturday!
Bill Raskin & Michael Hare

About “The Team Room”:

Special Forces A-Team 824 serves at Camp Diamond, West Virginia. On the morning of September 10th, 2001, they report for a routine week of duty and training exercises.

The audience steps into the world of Army Special Forces operators, during their last day of peace and a sudden transition to war.

Reviews:

“An entertaining, insightful glimpse into the team room, and into the minds, of a Special Forces detachment at the outset of war. The “Green Berets,” as they are known, are a collection of young warriors whose skills and human emotions are laid bare by the realities of combat. Bill Raskin has been there, and now invites you into the world he inhabited.”– Stanley McChrystal, General, U.S. Army (Retired)

I’ve spent over 30 years in Army Special Forces in multiple operational assignments both in garrison and combat. Limited to a setting covering three days, Lieutenant Colonel (Bill) Raskin did an outstanding job capturing the humor and drama of a Special Forces ODA in peacetime and war. Very well done and thoroughly enjoyable. De Oppresso Liber.”– James P. Lenske, Command Sergeant Major (Retired), US Army Special Forces.

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This week at Jazz at the Post…

The artistry of

Sarah Jane Cion

A special evening with a very special artist

Sarah Jane Cion caresses the piano with sensitivity and love, and the colors she uses demonstrate her gift and vision. —McCoy Tyner 
When no less an authority than McCoy Tyner says that pianist SARAH JANE CION “caresses the piano with sensitivity and love, and she also possesses a unique talent for composition,” you can believe the hype.
—JAZZIZ Magazine

Featuring Mike Camacho, Peter Brendler, and Jazz Rabbi Greg Wall
Thursday, Jan 26

Jazz at the Post
at VFW Post 399

465 Riverside Ave, Westport
(203)-227-6796
sets at 7:30 pm and 8:45 pm
$15 cover
Reservations strongly suggested 
JazzatThePost@gmail.com

Featuring a new hot menu from
Chef Derek Furino
dinner from 7:00 PM

Sarah Jane Cion

Piano

Peter Brendler
Bass

Michael Camacho
Drums

Greg Wall
Saxes

After Sarah Jane Cion’s first Westport engagement at the Post in July people were clamoring for a return engagement…

We were finally able to secure a date, and what a night it will be!

An award winning pianist (1st Place Winner of the 17th Annual Great American Jazz Piano Competition) and thoughtful composer, Sarah invites us into her unique world  that’s uniquely sensitive and oh, so swinging! Most recently, her songs “Cat in the Hat” and “Golden Song” were featured respectively in Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Mule in 2018 and Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Golden Song in Thor: The Dark World.The music of Sarah Jane Cion is unapologetically pretty. It proceeds from her poetic vision, warm and elegiac, and her right hand takes us with her as it climbs. —Thomas Conrad, DOWNBEAT

Sarah Jane Cion is a heavyweight. —Johnny Mandel
RESERVE NOW

FEATURED ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
Pianist/composer Sarah Jane Cion performed with young and older jazz legends such as Clark Terry, Etta Jones, Anita O’Day, Della Griffin, Ralph Lalama, Alan Harris, Carmen Leggio, Dr. Lyn Christie, Bucky Pizzarelli, Don Braden, and many others. She is often found performing with New York City mainstay big bands such as the Lew Anderson Big Band at Birdland and is currently performing with bestselling author and tenor man James McBride. Her debut CD, Indeed! features alto saxophonist Antonio Hart, drummer Tony Reedus and other current jazz giants. Her second CD Moon Song was released internationally on the Naxos Jazz label featuring Phil Palombi, Chris Potter and Billy Hart, and reached Number 15 on the U.S. Gavin Reports.
Her third CD, Summer Night featured saxophone giant Michael Brecker, and the reprise of Billy Hart and Phil Palombi. Summer Night reached number 12 on the Yellowdog Jazz Charts.
Sarah Jane Cion
Sarah with Michael Camacho swing Cole Porter, hard!!

Upcoming  performances at Jazz at the Post

Feb 2 – Michael Mossman plays Horace Silver
w/ David Berkman, Dennis Mackrel, Phil Bowler and Greg Wall

Feb 9 – Mark Berman

Feb 16 – Janice Friedman

Feb 23  – Henry Hey/ Yuriy Galkin

March 2 – Bob DeVos Organ Band

March 9 – Brian Marsella

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Our 31st straight monthly Red Cross Blood drive held at Post 399 on Tuesday, January 17th had over 67 donors!  We thank the donors and community for their strong support.  The American Red Cross is facing the worst blood shortage in over a decade. The dangerously low blood supply can affect our local hospitals. Donating blood products is essential to community health and the need for blood products is constant. VFW Post 399 is hosting our next blood drive next month on Tuesday, February 21st, 1-6pm.  For an appointment, please visit www.redcrossblood.org – use sponsor code: VFWWestport or call 1-800-733-2767.

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