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(Published: October 22, 2012)

October 22, 2012 [New York, NY] - Jazz & Colors, New York City Parks & Recreation, and the Central Park Conservancy today announced the musical line-up and set-list for the first annual Jazz & Colors event, a free public concert featuring 30 jazz ensembles performing against the stunning backdrop of Central Park's fall foliage on November 10. The organization also announced the Jazz & Colors Rising Stars Soloist Contest, an online music competition for emerging jazz musicians, age 21 and under, to win a chance to perform live at Jazz & Colors.

An eclectic lineup of 30 jazz groups- ranging from small combos to big bands- will perform at some of Central Park's most iconic sites from noon to 4:00 p.m., offering attendees the unique opportunity to create a personalized concert experience as they explore the event's sights and sounds. Programmed by talent producer Brice Rosenbloom (Music Director at Le Poisson Rouge, Producer of Winter Jazzfest), the line-up will feature:

• JD Allen Quartet (at Olmstead Bed on the Mall)
• The Jamie Baum Quintet (at the East 96th Street Playground)
• Kahlil Kwame Bell (at The Arsenal)
• Lakecia Benjamin and Soul Squad (at Pinebank Arch/Bridle Path)
• Marc Cary Quartet (at Engineer's Gate)
• Sharel Cassity Quintet (at Glade Arch)
• Claire Daly Quartet (at Wild West Playground)
• Chris Dingman Quartet (at Frederick Douglass Circle)
• Rockjazz pianist ELEW (at Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir)
• The Wayne Escoffery Quartet with special guest Carolyn Leonhart (at Maine Monument/Merchant's Gate)
• Mitch Frohman's Latin-Jazz Quartet (at Stranger's Gate)
• Joel Harrison Quartet (at Delacorte Theater)
• Kevin Hays Trio (at Mount St. Vincent Landscape)
• JC Hopkins Quintet with special guest Jazz Horn (at East Meadow)
• Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy (at Harlem Meer)
• Jason Kao Hwang Trio (at Seneca Village)
• Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars (at the Great Hill)
• The Klezmatics (at Cherry Hill)
• Gregoire Maret (at Tarr Family Playground)
• Jason Marshall Quartet with special guest Hilary Gardner (at the Dana Center)
• The Mingus Big Band (at Naumberg Bandshell)
• Mike Mo Quartet (at Summit Rock)
• Jacques Schwartz-Bart Quartet with special guest Stephanie McKay (at the Dairy)
• Bob Stewart Quintet (at The Pond)
• Knuffke Stacken duo plus Bill Goodwin (at Duke Ellington Circle)
• Roy Campbell Tazz Quartet (at the Metropolitan Museum of Art)
• Yosvany Terry Quartet (at The Pool)
• Kimberly Thompson Quartet (at Jose Julian Marti Statue)
• Doug Wamble Quartet (at Azalea Walk)
• YES! Trio with Aaron Goldberg, Omer Avital, and Ali Jackson (at Croquet/Bowling Green Lawns)

"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.

The second set, following an intermission, which will feature solo performances by winners of the Jazz & Colors Rising Stars Soloist Contest, will include: "Scrapple From The Apple," by Charlie Parker in 1947, which references George Gershwin's 'I Got Rhythm'; "The Blues Walk," by Clifford Brown and Max Roach, first recorded with their quintet in 1955; "Body and Soul," the most recorded jazz standard in history, recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1930; "Skating in Central Park," by John Lewis, written for the Modern Jazz Quartet in 1959; "Rhythm-A-Ning," by Thelonious Monk for his 1957 collaboration with saxophonist Gerry Mulligan; "Peace," by Ornette Coleman on "The Shape of Jazz To Come" in 1959, considered the first avant-garde jazz album; "Nostalgia in Times Square," by Charles Mingus originally for the 1960 film 'Shadows'; "Autumn In New York," the timeless New York City fall standard written by Vernon Duke in 1934; and "Empire State of Mind," s contemporary New York City anthem, a collaboration between hip-hop artist Jay-Z and soul/R&B singer Alicia Keys.

"The Jazz & Colors set-list reflects jazz music's strong ties to both to New York City and to its most famous urban oasis - Central Park," said Brice Rosenbloom, talent producer, Jazz & Colors. "Artists have always serenaded their beloved city. From John Coltrane's ‘Central Park West' and Vernon Duke's ‘Autumn in New York,' to Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' ‘Empire State of Mind,' our program offers audiences the opportunity to experience these classic tunes in a new way, as thirty groups offer different interpretations."

"In the Conservancy's ongoing efforts to encourage visitors to experience Central Park in new and exciting ways, we are thrilled to partner with Jazz & Colors to introduce extraordinary music to the Park's extraordinary landscapes," said Doug Blonsky, President and CEO of the Central Park Conservancy. "The perfect complement to the art of Central Park's restored woodlands, rolling meadows, and cultivated gardens will be the art of music. Inspiration is what Central Park is all about, and we're proud to help inspire more than 40 million visitors every year."

Jazz & Colors also announced the Jazz & Colors Rising Stars Soloist Contest, an online music competition for emerging jazz musicians, age 21 and under, to win a chance to perform live at one of the Jazz & Colors venues at Central Park on November 10. To enter, aspiring solo performers can record a video of their performance of "Central Park West" and upload it to the Jazz & Colors Rising Stars Vimeo group at https://vimeo.com/groups/.... Winners will be notified by November 2.

For more information on Jazz & Colors, visit www.jazzandcolors.com

About Jazz & Colors
Jazz & Colors is a free public concert produced by independent music and film entrepreneur Peter Shapiro, in partnership with the City of New York and the Central Park Conservancy.

Visitors can pick up a Jazz & Colors guide, including a map of the venues, band bios and a full schedule, on November 10 as they enter Central Park at Columbus Circle, 6th Avenue, 72nd Street and Central Park West, 72nd Street near East Drive, 79th Street and 5th Avenue, 85th Street near West Drive, 90th and Central Park West, or the Engineer's Gate at 90th and 5th Avenue, as well as at the Great Hill and the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center. The event is free and open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, Jazz & Colors will be held on November 11.

For updates and more information, visit www.jazzandcolors.com, follow us on Twitter @JazzandColors, and like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/JazzandColor....

About New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation is the steward of more than 29,000 acres of land including 1,700 parks, 14 miles of beaches, 500 community gardens, and 2,500 Greenstreets. Parks also manages the City's athletic fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, public pools, nature centers, golf courses, monuments, and historic house museums. Since 2002, Parks has committed more than $3.9 billion in capital enhancements and has $1.5 billion in the budget for future projects. The Department of Parks & Recreation plays a key role in the PlaNYC and MillionTreesNYC initiatives, Mayor Bloomberg's signature projects to green the city and develop a more sustainable future. Parks provides free public programs and services in coordination with New York City's local elected officials, community members, and non-profit partners.

About the Central Park Conservancy
The mission of the Central Park Conservancy is to restore, manage and enhance Central Park in partnership with the public, for the enjoyment of present and future generations. A private, not-for-profit organization founded in 1980, the Conservancy provides 85 percent of Central Park's $46 million park-wide expense budget and is responsible for all basic care of the Park. For more information on the Conservancy, please visit centralparknyc.org.

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