Central Park to Be Taken Over by Jazz for a Day

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

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Jeff Tamarkin

Unknown jazz band in Central Park, New York

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.

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