Great Jazz on the Great Hill
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Bring a blanket, picnic food, and dancing shoes for this fun event! Co-presented with Jazzmobile, Great Jazz on the Great Hill features live music and swing dancing in a beautiful setting.
Award winning vocalist, vocal coach, actress and radio personality, Alyson Williams has filled the airwaves with her versatile singing styles: R&B, blues and jazz. An accomplished recording artist and concert performer, she has toured nationally and internationally wowing audiences in small clubs, concert halls, and at festivals.
Harlem Renaissance Orchestra
The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls, night clubs, and other traditional and non-traditional venues for nearly three decades. They have appeared in various television specials and films, including an HBO special on the life of swing and Lindy hop dance innovator Frankie Manning, and a music special on the Discovery Channel entitled, Drop Me Off In Harlem, among others. The Orchestra’s mission is to present the music of the Big Band Era and preserve this music in its living form by giving recognition to the great creators.
This all-women jazz, blues and contemporary ensemble has dared to rise to this historic place in music with a sound that transcends time and generations. The group features Lakecia Benjamin on saxophone, Yayoi Ikawa on piano, Mimi Jones on bass, Charisa The Violin Diva on violin/vocals, Taylor Moore on drums, and Kersten Stevens on violin. Their unique style takes jazz to another dimension by infusing elements of hip-hop and gospel overtones, creating a unique interpretation of every song. SAGE members have opened for and appeared with Ray Charles, Denzel Washington, Regina Carter, the Duke Ellington Show Choir, and many others.
Musical ambassador and interpreter of “America’s” music, Wycliffe Gordon is one of the world’s most renown and award-winning jazz trombonists touring today. Jazz Journalists Association named him “Trombonist of the Year” for the 11th time in 2018, and Downbeat Critics Poll awarded him “Best Trombone” for five years, (2018, 2016, 2014, 2013 & 2012); his signature sound and mastery of the plunger mute have helped solidify his impressive musical career. Wycliffe tours as a soloist and with his quintet headlining at legendary jazz venues and performing arts centers worldwide. In addition, Wycliffe is a prolific composer and arranger successfully penning hundreds of compositions including the theme song for NPR’s “All Things Considered.” He has recorded or been featured on over 300 recordings, and is a very passionate most sought-after educator teaching master classes and workshops all over the world. Gordon is a former veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and has been a featured guest artist on Billy Taylor's "Jazz at the Kennedy Center" Series. Wycliffe Gordon is a Yamaha Performing Artist and plays the Wycliffe Gordon Signature mouthpiece by Pickett Brass. For more information visit www.wycliffegordon.com.
This event is free; tickets are not required.
The Great Hill is steep, but accessible by ramp. If you require a disability-related accommodation or wheelchair access information, please call 212.446.2242. Requests must be made no later than Friday, August 9 at 12:00 pm.
This event is weather permitting and refreshments will not be sold. Performance lineup is subject to change.
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With additional support from American Express.