We’re working towards placing a life-sized monument of jazz great Scott LaFaro, cast in bronze, in downtown Geneva, NY. LaFaro, generally considered one of the greatest jazz bassists, was known for his extraordinary innovations playing improvisational jazz, most notably with famed pianist Bill Evans. Credited with “rewriting the rules of jazz bass,” LaFaro had an incredibly influential, and tragically short, career — dying in a car accident in 1961 at the age of 25.

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Scott LaFaro’s family moved to Geneva when he was five. His father was a local professional big band musician, and Scott received his early musical training in the Geneva public schools. He would go on to study music at Ithaca College and tour relentlessly with jazz greats before his untimely death, but always returned to Geneva. Geneva has a long-standing and flourishing musical arts tradition and this project seeks to both build upon this rich cultural legacy and memorialize the enormous contributions of LaFaro.

2016-scott-lafaro-model-bronze-1The proposed site of the statue — Scott LaFaro Plaza — is in downtown Geneva at the SW corner of Seneca Street and the recently renamed Scott LaFaro Drive. Our hope is that the sculpture will be a centerpiece of a well-landscaped terraced plaza, elegantly designed in its simplicity. The proposed site is located across from the famed Smith Opera House, and will help celebrate Geneva’s rich musical tradition while furthering interest in Geneva, NY as a growing tourist destination.

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The statue has been designed and a conceptual model (pictured) cast by sculptor and professor of art, A.E. Ted Aub. The site is being designed by Jeffrey Blankenship and Audrey English of Hobart & William Smith College’s Art and Architecture Department, working in consultation with Geneva’s Public Art Committee. All of these individuals are volunteering their time, labor and skills. Fund-raising is being administered by the Three Stories non-profit.

To donate, please go HERE. Or contact Three Stories or Kevin@3stories.org for more information.2016-scott-lafaro-model-bronze-17


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