2nd Annual Jazz & Colors Set for Central Park Nov. 9

Free event features 30 bands to playing same setlist of standards

Doug Wamble
Arturo O'Farrill with his Latin Jazz Orchestra at CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival 2010

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The second annual Jazz & Colors event will take place at various locations around New York City’s Central Park Nov. 9, from noon to 4 p.m. The free event features featuring 30 jazz ensembles (see full lineup below).

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. The event is programmed by talent producer Brice Rosenbloom (music director at Le Poisson Rouge, producer of Winter Jazzfest).

According to a press release, “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.”

Regarding the specific repertoire, the release continues, “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 12-minute piece recorded in 1956 with John Coltrane.”

The second set (following an intermission), according to the press release, “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.”

For more information on Jazz & Colors, visit Jazz & Colors and @jazzandcolors.

Performing Artists

* 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