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The latest New Yorkers of the Week are a group of musicians who strike a chord of hope for people in need. NY1's Milanee Kapadia filed the following report.

Every Friday night in Manhattan, the sounds of cool jazz can be heard on the Lower East Side, as Uros Markovic and his music ministry perform for the Bowery Mission free of charge.
"What I realized is that music is gift from God to man and it has a specific purpose," said Markovic.
Markovic started playing the drums as a child in Serbia, and soon fell in love with jazz music. It was as a young adult that he realized his mission of spreading the joy of music to others.
Seven years ago he came to New York and began playing for the homeless at both the Bowery Mission and The New York Rescue Mission.
"There's lot of love here and it's a beautiful thing to be able to give something," he said.
Band members can often see the effect their music has on the audience.
"All the audience is really honest," said trumpet player Miki Hirose. "If I play really well, sometimes they cry, sometimes they applaud really loudly."
"The response is crazy sometimes," said pianist Wei Tan. "You have guys jumping up and down. And, as a musician, this is the highest accolade you can get."
Alejandro Romero, a resident of the Bowery Mission, says he has been touched by the music.
"On Friday's when they come, you get to sit down and you get to relax and you get to enjoy something and you don't have to say anything; all you have to do is sit back and listen," said Romero.
So for not just sitting back, but giving the gift of music, Uros Markovic and the Uros Markovic Group are the New Yorkers of the Week.


Uros Markovic joined the JazzTimes community on Feb 15, 2011