Central Park Jazz & Colors Event Announces Lineup

30 bands will perform for free in NYC this Saturday

Mingus Big Band
JD Allen
Claire Daly
Gregoire Maret

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Jazz & Colors, an event taking place this Saturday, Nov. 10, at 30 locations in New York’s Central Park, has announced the lineup of participating artists. Thirty different jazz ensembles will perform for free throughout the park, between noon and 4 p.m. Each group will perform the same repertoire of New York- and fall-related standards.

The lineup (and sites where each artist will play) is:

• 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)

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.

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 Jazz and Colors.