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Renowned Guitarist to Play at County Museum

Paul Kogut

Hurleyville, NY – Join your neighbors and friends at the Sullivan County Museum on Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m. for an afternoon of music drawn from the rich legacy of the Grateful Dead’s songbook. The concert is sponsored by the Frederick Cook Society, pairing one of the greatest adventurers the world has ever known with some of the greatest music of our time.

Blujazz recording artist Paul Kogut has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe and Japan. Drawn to the music of the Grateful Dead, he began playing guitar in the mid-1970s, and their spirit of adventure remains a continuing inspiration. 

For the past 25 years Paul has steadily built an international reputation as a jazz guitarist and composer. His latest CD, “Turn of Phrase,” features the legendary rhythm section of George Mraz and Lewis Nash. Its release on the Chicago-based Blujazz label was met with heavy airplay and critical acclaim, with Grammy-winning journalist Neil Tesser saying, “Here’s the main thing to know: you won’t hear a better guitar-trio album this year.”

In 2015, Paul’s music was featured at the Jazz and Colors Fare Thee Well Celebration, at Chicago’s Field Museum. He holds a Master’s Degree from Manhattan School of Music and has served on the jazz faculty of Hamilton College and as teaching artist at UWM Peck School of the Arts.

And speaking of Paul, John Abercrombie says, “His musical approach to guitar playing and his compositional skills are first rate.” Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers calls Paul “a great guitar player.” James Keepnews describes his debut Blujazz release, “Know It? I Wrote It!” as “a memorable first date, one that will appeal to the taciturn jazzbo and the festival twirler alike.”  To listen visit or   

Doors open at 1 p.m. on April 7 - come early and enjoy two galleries of Dr. Cook’s photography from Alaska, Greenland, Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and the North Pole. Cook was born in Hortonville here in Sullivan County:

Kogut’s concert will be followed by a performance by Little Sparrow, featuring Jeff Anderson on bass (Esther Phillips/Ben E. King) and Sullivan West senior Henry Simon on guitar. The entire event is free.

The Sullivan County Museum is located at 265 Main Street, Hurleyville. For more information, call 845-434-8044 or visit