Friday’s celebration of Scott LaFaro Day will feature performances in his honor by three internationally renowned jazz musicians.
LaFaro grew up in Geneva and went on to become one of the most influential bassists in the history of jazz as a member of the Bill Evans Trio. He was 25 when he died in an automobile accident in 1961 in the hamlet of Flint between Geneva and Canandaigua.
In 2014, City Council declared April 3, LaFaro’s birthday, as Scott LaFaro Day. A downtown street was named after him and plans were announced to commission a life-sized statue of LaFaro for downtown.
This year’s celebration will be part of the Geneva Night Out program.