Art Bennett (alto saxophone/flute) was born and raised in White Plains. Art was active in the ‘Loft Jazz’ movement in New York City during the 1970’s. This subsequently led to appearances at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls and other New York venues. Art has performed with many notable musicians such as Lonnie Liston Smith, Rashied Ali, Roy Brooks, James “Blood” Ulmer, William Parker, Marion Meadows and an impressive list of musicians in the Free Jazz art form. He was also a member of the New York Musicians Organization (NYMO), which secured grants to provide musical education programs, recording opportunities and concerts throughout the five boroughs of New York City. He has recorded with the Aboriginal Music Society, and Harold Smith’s “Flight to Sanity.” Art is presently performing with Joe Falcon’s CoCo Rico and Hip Hop artist Nena-Blu, and he gives music workshops throughout the New York area. Art performed at the 2016 White Plains Jazz Fest.
Hi, I’m Ben Himmelfarb, the librarian responsible for local history. Since joining WPPL in October 2014, I have sought to increase access to and use of the White Plains Collection through research assistance, improved finding aids, and engaging programs. I value connecting patrons with historical materials and fostering the creation of historical knowledge. White Plains is a fascinating city. It is a crossroads for Westchester County and a great location for examining the local manifestations of broad historical trends and events. White Plains was the setting for important events in diverse circumstances- from European colonization and the Revolutionary War to public education reform and urban renewal projects. I am interested in supporting people’s research interests in any area. My research interests include urban renewal, social justice movements, and Dutch colonial history.