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23 Dedham Avenue
Needham, MA 02492

Homegrown Coffeehouse


November 4th’s Homegrown Coffeehouse was cancelled due to performer illness. We are working with Greg Greenway to find a date that works for him and for us, in the spring of 2024. We’ll keep you posted.

All tickets purchased through Brown Paper Tickets will be fully refunded. Thank you all for your understanding.

Please see our upcoming acts below.

Beth Sargent, Chris Pahud and Tom Gehman.

440 Gypsy Jazz

December 2, 2023

General: $20
Students and Seniors: $17
Online Broadcast: $20

440 Gypsy Jazz

When you think about jazz, what images spring to mind? Do you find yourself in a club in New Orleans in the 1920s? Or in the moody atmosphere of a lounge in Paris in the 1930s or the 1940s? 440 celebrates the hot jazz tradition of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli with original compositions and arrangements by the band.

 Tomoko Iwamoto, leader of 440, is a veteran of the Boston jazz scene. Tomoko has toured with Hypnotic Clambake, jammed with world renowned gypsy jazz musicians. She has played with Mood Swings Orchestra and Women in World Jazz, and collaborated with modern jazz guitarist, Chris McDermott.

 Clarinetist John Clark, founder of the Wolverine Jazz Band, has played with traditional jazz and big bands. Clark also regularly appears with Dave Whitney and His Orchestra, the Swing Legacy, and the Mood Elevators. John is a student of the history of jazz and has recorded extensively.

Guitarist Jack Soref has been captivated by the music of Django Reinhardt for more than 20 years. Jack has jammed with the legendary guitarist Boulou Ferré. He has performed with Jazz Manouche luminaries like Joscho Stephan, Tim Kliphius, Aurélien Bouly, and Titi Bamberger.

 Jim Guttmann’s career spans 40 years and many musical idioms. A founding member of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, he has toured the world, performed & recorded with Itzhak Perlman and Joel Grey, worked with Richard Stolzman and Dan Stepner. His album, “Bessarabian Breakdown” celebrates his musical experience, from traditional klezmer music to fusions of klezmer with traditional Afro-Cuban guajira and guaguanco.


The Homegrown Coffeehouse is located at the First Parish church on the corner of Dedham and Great Plain Avenues. There is free parking nearby and wheelchair access.


About the Homegrown Coffeehouse

The Homegrown Coffeehouse is located at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church at the corner of Great Plain and Dedham Avenues in Needham Center. There is free parking available and wheelchair access.

We announce new acts via the Homegrown Coffeehouse email newsletter.

Directions to the Homegrown Coffeehouse at First Parish in Needham, Unitarian Universalist:

From the North: Take Route 128 (I-95) south to exit 19C (Highland Avenue Needham). Take Highland Avenue to Great Plain Avenue in Needham Center. Cross over Great Plain Ave. onto Dedham Ave., the church will be on your right. Parking is available on Lincoln St., the first right after the church. Enter on Lincoln Street.

From the South: Take Route 128 (I-95) north to exit 17 (Route 135). Take Route 135 to Lincoln Street (see map). Parking is off Lincoln Street.

From Boston and Cambridge: Take Route 9 west to Route 128 South. Follow directions above “from the North.”

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