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Review: Jazz & Colors–The Full Spectrum Edition

"A very cool concept" returns to the Met

Marc Cary, Jazz & Colors, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, 4-24-15
Kirk Knuffke Trio, Jazz & Colors, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC 4-24-15
Marika Hughes and Friends: Jazz & Colors, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC 4-24-15
Kaki King, Jazz & Colors, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC 4-24-15
Kirk Knuffke Trio, Jazz & Colors: The Full Spectrum Edition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC 4-15
Kaki King, Jazz & Colors: The Full Spectrum Edition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC 4-15
Kimberly Thompson Trio, Jazz & Colors: The Full Spectrum Edition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC 4-15

A college professor once proselytized about an idea he called “Picassos Among the Avocados.” Fine art, he said, only reaches an elite few who seek it out when it’s hung inside of museums. Instead, he suggested, paintings and sculptures should be placed in supermarkets, so that more “common folk” might view the great works while loading up on bread and milk.

Jazz and Colors inverts the prof’s concept somewhat. Only a minute fraction of the populace today attends jazz gigs, so why not bring the music to large, open, inviting-and colorful-spaces where more might be exposed to it? The first two Jazz and Colors events took place in New York’s Central Park during the fall months, 30 different bands and soloists scattered along the pathways with the foliage providing a multi-hued backdrop. Tourists and city-dwellers out for a stroll might stop and listen to a tune or two as they happened upon a band, then move on, or find a sound they liked and stick around for an entire set.

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