Free Bridge Halloween

October 27, 2023 - 8:00pm
Old Cabell Hall
$15 / $13 for UVA Faculty & Staff / $5 for Students / Free for UVA Students who reserve in advance

The Free Bridge Quintet will present an enchanting evening of Halloween-themed jazz tunes on Friday October 27th at 8pm in Old Cabell Hall.   Join the hauntingly hip FBQ as they fill the hall with some wickedly good tunes to get you in the mood for All Hallow's Eve.   

Tunes include Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered by Rodgers and Hart; Blues for Dracula by Philly Joe Jones; and Witch Hunt and Dance Cadaverous by Wayne Shorter, and A Call for All Demons by Fred Norman.

Jazz musicians have had enormous fun with the sounds of the spooky and mysterious. Louis Armstrong joined up with Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra to release a spirited short movie of “Skeleton in the Closet” in 1936. 

As we approach All Hallows’ Eve, the Free Bridge Quintet will have goose bumps and spines tingling with eerie delight as we present a small collection of songs inspired by the mysterious and macabre.

We encourage guests to come a little early or stay after the concert to catch the dancing skeletons, spooky pumpkins, bubbling cauldrons and a haunted house that will all make appearances on the exterior of UVA’s Rotunda from 7-11pm  Local Artist Jeff Dobrow & the AV Company create vignettes accompanied by haunting music will cycle over the outside of the centerpiece of the University, transforming the iconic building into a massive movie screen. The mini-shows might transform the Rotunda into a graveyard with jolly, dancing skeletons, a haunted house or an animated Halloween music box, with a rising moon and rotating, ghoulish pumpkins, caldrons, and purple skulls. 

In the spirit of the evening, we suggest patrons don their costumes or fancy dress to haunt the halls of Old Cabell.



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.

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.

All programs are subject to change.

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

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