Category Archives: music

Spliced Surprise

Bell ringers have had bad press for too long. Quasimodo started it all, Marty Feldman didn’t help just by hunchback association, and Macbeth filled our youthful imagination with foreboding, the sound of the bells summoning us to heaven – or … Continue reading

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Balmy and Baroque

Heaven and Earth became as one last night when the Trinity Church‘s Baroque Orchestra performed their last concert for the summer. Breathless and sticky from the spontaneous sprint downtown, I was ushered gently into a padded pew, from where phones … Continue reading

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Midsummer merengue

The Midsummer Night Swing in Lincoln Centre has to be up there with the most fun, all time favorite events of NYC. Salsa was on the menu tonight and the Latino flavor was so all embracing that Castro or El … Continue reading

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This little light of mine

In Sugar Hill, named for the Harlem Renaissance, a building called the triple nickel used to be the home of Count Basie, Lena Horne and Paul Robeson – ¬†and the heart of the jazz scene. Thanks to Marjorie Eliot it … Continue reading

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Ecstatic Music Festival

The name of the festival was motivation enough for me to venture out on a cold January night for a little recreation. Ecstatic music and the Shakedown Dance Collective seemed an excellent pairing and the promise of lively percussion under … Continue reading

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Tap City

Tap City showed that you didn’t need two arms – or even tap shoes, to be part of the hoofers sharing rhythm in downtown Manhattan yesterday. Young people of all shapes and sizes clapped and stomped in a seemingly effortless … Continue reading

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House Music

House Music took on a whole new meaning in Midtown Manhattan last night. I had the great privilege of being invited to a ‘small house concert’ by Rupert Boyd, who was playing classical guitar, accompanied by his fianc√© Laura Metcalf … Continue reading

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NY Historical Society

There is more to the New York Historical Society than chronicles. Last Friday night Abe Lincoln was standing on the front steps to welcome me as I dashed past in the rain, blurring a photo op but not able to … Continue reading

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Jazz and Colours

There was a stereophonic level of cool in Central Park on Saturday with the annual Jazz and Colors Festival. 30 jazz bands in 30 different parts of the Park simultaneously playing the same set. Can you imagine?! I thought if … Continue reading

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The Bird is the Word

Every year the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival spreads the love between Harlem and the East Village. Saturday’s lineup is uptown in the Marcus Garvey amphitheater where you are usually assured of a view of the stage, and Sunday is downtown … Continue reading

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