Jazz drummer to perform at Westport Arts Center

Bernard Purdie
Bernard Purdiecontributed photo

Westport Arts Center will present a jazz concert with the Bernard Purdie Soul Jazz Quartet 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, in its gallery, 51 Riverside Ave.

Purdie, known as "the world's most recorded drummer," began hitting cans with sticks and learned the elements of drumming techniques after overhearing lessons being given by Leonard Heywood, according to the center. He later took lessons from Heywood and played in Heywood's big band.

Purdie, 72, has been a regular guest in the studios of jazz, soul, and rock stars, such as Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis, Steely Dan, Hall & Oates and Larry Coryell, and has laid down the beat on more than 3,000 albums, the center said.

Performing with Purdie will be Rob Paparozzi on harmonica and vocals; George Naha on guitar; John Korba on piano and vocals; and Brian Torff, the center's artistic director of jazz, on bass.

Tickets are $25, $10 for college students and younger. WAC members receive 10 percent off concert tickets.

A limited number of $10 tickets will be for sale at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Ave.

For information, call 203-222-7070 or visit www.westportartscenter.org.