Category Archives: music

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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Governors Island Jazz

Fitzgerald would have felt right at home. The Dreamland Orchestra put on a jazz lawn party this weekend at Governors Island and the fans of the roaring twenties came in their finest. It was a riot of costumes and characters, … Continue reading

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Music under New York

B.B.King is a classic name in blues music, both for the man himself ( he still performs at 87) and for his namesake on 42nd street. His club is home to the Harlem Gospel Choir on Sundays as well as … Continue reading

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Spring in Central Park

It was a day of superlatives in Central park. Spectacular weather, glorious sunshine and joyous smiles on happy faces. After wonky Spring weather started, stopped and waylaid the blooming schedule of thousands of plants around the city, it was pure … Continue reading

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Outrageous Opera

Perhaps not surprisingly, there are very few bike racks outside the Metropolitan Opera in NYC. For the traditional opera subscriber, concert attire would usually preclude being able to climb onto a bicycle and pedal off to the show. But with … Continue reading

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Viva Carnegie

There is a reason Carnegie Hall is one of the great artistic destinations of the world. Even though I considered myself very fortunate to have tickets for the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra last night, I could never have expected to … Continue reading

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Jazz at the Kitano

The jazz club at the Kitano Hotel on Park Avenue has a schedule of fine performers and this week featured child prodigy Gadi Lehavi on the piano. It was a remarkable scenario. Gadi is only 16 years old, and to … Continue reading

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James Cotton

Attending a jazz performance at The Allen Room in the Lincoln Center is a treat even before the artists take the stage. When you are swanning around the foyer, the grandeur of the space, those massive glass windows overlooking Central … Continue reading

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