Central Park to Be Taken Over by Jazz for a Day

Promoter arranges for 30 different groups to play NYC’s oasis Nov. 10

Some 30 different jazz ensembles will perform in different areas within New York City’s Central Park on Nov. 10, in an event arranged by a concert promoter. Each of the groups—the lineup is yet to be announced—will perform standards relating to New York City.

According to an article in The New York Times, “Jazz & Colors,” as it is being called, will be free and open to the public. The event is the brainchild of Peter Shapiro, the live music promoter behind the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y., and the Brooklyn Bowl in the city, as well as the publisher of Relix magazine. The Central Park Conservancy is partnering with Shapiro and the promoter’s company, Dayglo Ventures, is underwriting the production costs.


Unknown jazz band in Central Park, New York

Shapiro told the newspaper that “Jazz & Colors” will feature small combos and big bands, both established and up-and-coming, performing numerous styles of jazz. The 30 Central Park landmarks that will host the performances include Naumburg Bandshell, the Delacorte Theater, the Harlem Meer, Duke Ellington Circle, the East Meadow and the Glade Arch. Other groups of musicians, according to the Times, will play at the park’s major entrances and next to several playgrounds. The full list of locations is below.

The article said that Brice Rosenbloom, a producer known for founding the Winter Jazzfest, is booking the acts, which are being asked to perform what is being called a “communal set list,” featuring such standards as “Autumn in New York,” “Take the A Train,” “Nature Boy” and John Coltrane’s composition “Central Park West.” The groups will play two sets, starting at noon and going to 4 p.m.

The following information was posted on Jambands.com.

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 and Pilgrim Hill, 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. Guides will also be available in the November 7th issue of Time Out New York. The event is free and open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, Jazz & Colors will be held on November 11.

Featured sites include:
100th Street Pool
103rd Street and East Drive
106th Street and Central Park West
59th Street Pond
69th Street and West Drive
6th Avenue entrance
77th Street and West Drive
84th Street and East Drive
90th Street and Central Park West
Adjacent to the Abraham and Joseph Spector Playground
Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
Cherry Hill Fountain
Maine Monument
Delacorte Theater
Duke Ellington Circle
Adjacent to the East 96th Street Playground
East Meadow
Engineer’s Gate at 90th and 5th Avenue
Frederick Douglass Circle entrance
Glade Arch
Great Hill
Harlem Meer
Naumburg Bandshell
Olmsted Flower Bed
Pinebank Arch
Summit Rock
Adjacent to the Tarr Family Playground
The Arsenal
The Dairy
Adjacent to the Wild West Playground

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