Free Bridge Quintet

April 30, 2023 - 3:30pm
Old Cabell Hall on the UVA Grounds
$15 / $13 for UVA Faculty & Staff / $5 for Students / Free for UVA Students who reserve in advance

The UVA Department of Music presents The Free Bridge Quintet on Sunday, April 30th at 3:30pm in Old Cabell Hall. (Note this is a date change from 4/1/23 to 4/30/23)

The Free Bridge Quintet is the faculty jazz quintet of the University of Virginia Department of Music. Founded in 1997, it features Jeff Decker on saxophones, Robert Jospé on the drums, Peter Spaar on bass, John D’earth on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Calvin Brown on piano. The quintet has been a staple of the UVA/Charlottesville jazz scene, and of the greater Central Virginia jazz scene, for over two decades. Its members are internationally recognized jazz performers and recording artists.

Free Bridge Quintet has performed close to fifty concerts in Old Cabell Hall as well as many outreach and community events.The quintet is known for its tributes to the giants of jazz including Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane as well as presentations of its own innovative works. The quintet has also performed with many internationally reknowed guest artists such as Pat Metheny, Cyrus Chestnut, Kurt Rosenwinkle and John Abercrombie.

Tickets for the Free Bridge Quintet are $15 General, $13 for UVA Faculty & Staff, $5 for Students and Free for UVA Students who reserve in advance.  Tickets can be purchased at the Arts Box Office at or by calling 434.924.3376 and at the door, starting one hour before the concert.

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Old Cabell Hall is located on the south end of UVA’s historic lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda. (map) Parking is available in the central grounds parking garage on Emmet Street, in the C1 parking lot off McCormick Rd, and in the parking lots at the UVA Corner.  Handicap parking is available in the small parking lot adjacent to Bryan Hall.

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For more information please call the Department of Music at 434.924.3052.


UVA Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176