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Jazz and Colors Sat - Nov 9
(Published: November 05, 2013)

Jazz & Colors, New York City Parks & Recreation, and the Central Park Conservancy have announced the musical lineup and set list for Jazz & Colors, a free musical experience featuring 30 jazz ensembles performing alongside Central Parks' stunning Fall foliage on Saturday, November 9.

Following its critically acclaimed inaugural edition last fall, Jazz & Colors is back with an eclectic lineup of 30 jazz groups - ranging from small combos to big bands - which will perform simultaneously over two sets in Central Park from noon to 4:00 p.m.

"The sounds of jazz will waft through Central Park again this fall, as Jazz & Colors returns for a second year," said the New York Times' Nate Chinen in a recent Arts Beat blog post. "Because of its openness, it's impossible to know how many people were reached by Jazz & Colors in its inaugural year. But the response was overwhelmingly positive, from passerby as well as jazz professionals."

This remarkable event offers New Yorkers and jazz fans a one of a kind opportunity to explore the Park's most beloved and iconic sites - from the Naumberg Bandshell to Duke Ellington Circle - accompanied by a self-guided musical score. Jazz & Colors is produced by independent music and film entrepreneur Peter Shapiro, in partnership with the City of New York and the Central Park Conservancy. Programmed by talent producer Brice Rosenbloom (Music Director at Le Poisson Rouge, Producer of Winter Jazzfest), the lineup will feature:

* 2 Sisters, Inc Band
* Andrew Lamb Trio
* Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
* Brian Charette
* Daseul Kim Quartet
* Doug Wamble Quartet
* Duane Eubanks
* Frank London's Klezmer Brass All Stars
* Gregg August Quartet
* Hot Future Five
* Jason Kao Hwang
* Jason Marshall Quintet
* Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars featuring the Russell Hall Quartet
* Joe Alterman Trio
* Joel Harrison Quintet
* John Raymond Quartet
* Kahlil Kwame Bell
* Kimberly Thompson Quartet
* Lakecia Benjamin & Soul Squad
* Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy
* Mike Mohamed Quartet
* Mitch Froman's Latin Jazz Quartet
* Outer Bridge Ensemble
* Roy Campbell Jr.
* Vince Ector Quartet
* Walking Distance
* Wayne Escoffery Quartet featuring Carolyn Leonhart
* Yard Byard
* Yosvanny Terry Quartet

"Live Jazz, Central Park, Leaves in the Fall. Each incredibly powerful on its own," said Shapiro. "Jazz and Colors aims to bring all three together, and make magic happen."

Each ensemble will simultaneously perform the same set list of jazz standards, allowing people to explore Central Park, from midtown to Harlem, with their own personalized musical soundtrack. The second set highlights songs about specific cities, either in title or theme - paying homage to Brooklyn, Las Vegas and London - each of which will, by the Spring of 2014, host its own Brooklyn Bowl venue, the sponsor for Jazz & Colors.

The first set, beginning at noon, will include: "Caravan" - the classic first performed by Duke Ellington in 1936; "Bemsha Swing" by Thelonious Monk, appearing on his acclaimed 1957 LP Brilliant Corners; "Cherokee" - written in 1938 by Ray Noble and recorded by numerous jazz musicians over the decades; "A Night in Tunisia" -- one of the signature pieces of Dizzy Gillespie's big band; "So What" -- the opening track on Miles Davis' 1959 album Kind of Blue; "Footprints" by legendary saxophonist Wayne Shorter; "Maiden Voyage" -- one of Herbie Hancock's best-known compositions; the unmistakable "Take 5" by Paul Desmond, first performed by The Dave Brubeck Quartet on their 1959 album Time Out; and "Tenor Madness" by the Saxophone Colossus Sonny Rollins, originally a twelve-minute piece recorded in 1956 with John Coltrane.

The second set (following an intermission) will include: Billy Strayhorn's "Take The A Train", written by in 1939 for the Duke Ellington Orchestra; the frequently recorded "Harlem Nocturne" (1939) by Earle Hagen; "Stompin' at the Savoy", composed by Chick Webb in 1934 and named after the Savoy Ballroom that once existed in Harlem; "Grand Central" by John Coltrane, recorded in 1959 on Cannonball & Coltrane; "Central Park North" by Thad Jones, the title track from the Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra's album from 1969; "New York City" by Gil Scott Heron, arranged by Brian Jackson, from their joint 1976 recording It's Your World; "A Foggy Day in London Town" by George Gershwin, which appeared in the 1937 Fred Astaire film A Damsel in Distress; "Las Vegas Tango" from The Individualism of Gil Evans (1964); and the jazz-funk-soul classic "We Live in Brooklyn Baby" by pianist Harry Whitaker, appearing on Roy Ayers' 1971 recording He's Coming.

"This year's Jazz & Colors playlist features some of the most popular jazz standards in the first set giving a nod to many jazz legends that resided in New York City. The second set pays homage to songs that were specifically written about our beloved city, plus bonus songs about London, Las Vegas, and Brooklyn." says Brice Rosenbloom. "Our program offers audiences the opportunity to experience these classic tunes in a new way, as thirty groups offer different interpretations."

More Information: http://jazzandcolors.com

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