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Jazz & Colors in Central Park!

November 14, 2012

Nearly 100 years after the development of jazz, New York City remains the center of the jazz world, home to countless clubs and festivals, and a huge range of artists,” said Jazz & Colors Executive Producer Peter Shapiro. “We’re excited to celebrate the incredible diversity of backgrounds and genres in the community with an afternoon of some of the brightest names in jazz performing in every corner of Central Park.

Central Park has a rich history of public cultural projects – from permanent statues and monuments, to temporary public artwork and site-specific performances,” said Parks & Recreation Commissioner Veronica White. “With Jazz & Colors, we look forward to welcoming visitors with live jazz music at every turn, whether they are entering at Columbus Circle, strolling the footpaths along the Harlem Meer, or exploring the Belvedere Castle.

Each ensemble will perform the same set-list of jazz standards simultaneously, allowing visitors to explore Central Park from midtown to Harlem in a self-guided musical tour.

The first set, beginning at noon, will include: “Straight No Chaser,” by Thelonious Monk for his Blue Note Sessions album in 1951; “Take The A Train,” by Billy Strayhorn in 1939 for the Duke Ellington Orchestra; “Central Park West,” John Coltrane’s nostalgic song for his neighborhood; “Nature Boy,” written by Eden Ahbez in 1947 and popularized by Nat King Cole; “Fall,” a Wayne Shorter standard recorded by The Miles Davis Quartet in 1967; “Autumn Serenade,” a ballad from the beloved 1963 Johnny Hartman / John Coltrane album; “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat,” the Charles Mingus elegy for saxophonist Lester Young in 1959; “Manhattan,” a popular Rodgers and Hart song written in 1925; and “Blue Train,” the title track to John Coltrane’s 1957 album. Get more info here and we will see you THERE!

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