High Line Live!: Jazz on the Move with Make Music New York

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Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

High Line Live!: Jazz on the Move with Make Music New York


In the evening on Thursday, June 21, several jazz bands will roam the High Line. All bands will begin at the southern terminus of the High Line, at Gansevoort Street, and will work their way north toward West 30th Street. Stay tuned for a final lineup.

Throughout the five boroughs of New York, Make Music New York presents a variety of free outdoor concerts featuring performers from all musical persuasions – from rap to opera – all during one community-driven celebration on Thursday, June 21.

Gansevoort Overlook
On the High Line at Gansevoort Street

6:30 PM – Ras Moshe
Ras Moshe began leading his own ensembles in 1987 and playing as a side man in Reggae groups. He has performed his compositions at Roulette, The Knitting Factory, The Brecht Forum, Zebulon, The Brooklyn Lyceum, The Vision Festival, and more. He is currently a member of Bill Cole's Untempered Ensemble. He is the founder of The Music Now Festival, going on for 11 years now. He believes in the positive effect that jazz will have on social and personal change.

6:45 PM – Summer Winds Quintet
The Summer Winds Quartet is comprised of Blaise Siwula (alto sax), Rocco John Iacovone (alto/soprano sax), Jef Brown (tenor sax) and Stan Nishimura (trombone). The music will be improvisatory and spontaneous with an outside possibility of a melody. The members of this group are regulars at C.O.M.A.’s Open Session which takes place Sundays at ABC No-Rio in NYC. Their musical tastes and experience encompasse a wide range of jazz from big bands and ensembles to free form jazz with spontaneous compositions and energy.

7:00 PM – jKb Freedom Jazz
jKb Freedom Jazz is a jazz group brimming with fierce poly rhythms and dramatic phrasing. Members include Jason Vitelli on alto sax/piano, Bob Borress on drums and PJ Roberts on bass. Their sound ranges from total free improvisations to structured tunes. They also perform many hard-bop and blues standards. Guest vocalist Lisa Trenary lends her amazing voice to many of these standards, her style reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone. All together, the group's exhilarating sound has a complex rhythmic framework, often combining rock, funk, swing, and Latin styles.

7:15 PM – Grant’s Tomb
Grant’s Tomb, hailing from Greenwich Village, is powered by many of the young lions on the New York jazz scene. They combine elements of rock, jazz, and blues, adding a taste of funk and a slice of Americana to create a vibrant sound. Their blazing horns, dueling keys, and rock solid rhythm section is creating a buzz on Bleecker Street, not seen in years.

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