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PJ Harvey at SummerStage in Central Park

July 19 @ 7:30 pm 10:00 pm

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PJ Harvey

Vocalist and guitarist PJ Harvey burst onto the alternative rock scene in 1992 when her debut single ‘Dress’ hailed worldwide acclaim. Her ninth studio album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, documents a unique artistic journey, which took her to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, D.C. She has continually evolved her sound ranging from punk to blues and among the accolades she has received are the Mercury Prize in 2001, 2011, eight Brit Awards nominations, seven Grammy Awards nominations and two additional Mercury Prize nominations. PJ Harvey will bring her unique style to SummerStage for a benefit concert in Central Park this July as part of her select festival dates.

Details

Date:
July 19
Time:
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Time(s):
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8:30pm
Cost:
$49.50

Venue

SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield
New York, NY
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Yo La Tengo at SummerStage in Central Park

Yo La Tengo / Ultimate Painting

July 17 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Critically acclaimed alternative rock figures with an uninterrupted 30+year career unparalleled in its creative breadth

Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo’s uninterrupted 30-years-and-counting career is unparalleled in its creative breadth and refusal to rest on laurels. Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew have enjoyed success entirely on their own terms – playing the world’s best concert halls, museums, and dives, collaborating with everyone from Homer Simpson to Ray Davies, from Chris Elliott to Yoko Ono, portraying the Velvet Underground in I Shot Andy Warhol and composing scores for Adventureland and the films of Jean Painlevé, and even creating a holiday tradition unto themselves with their series of Hanukkah shows at Hoboken, New Jersey’s legendary club Maxwell’s, from which they’ve donated hundreds of thousands to charity.

Ultimate Painting

Ultimate Painting are lucky enough to be comprised of two singular voices in Jack Cooper and James Hoare, who met when on tour together with their other bands Mazes and Veronica Falls. Their first album, the self-titled Ultimate Painting, came out in 2014, followed by their second in 2015,  the unanimously acclaimed Green Lanes. In 2016 came their third record, Dusk, a ten-song set that expands the group’s sound, where it’s hard to tell where Cooper ends and Hoare begins. Their tunes weave in and out of each other like the duo’s respective six-strings, spiraling around each other in a laconic dance. With the first single “Bills,” the group has recorded an album that feels decidedly English. Cooper’s abstract poeticism balances perfectly alongside Hoare’s alluring and universal pop leanings. The group has discovered a simple lushness in Dusk’s arrangements, sometimes only with subtle additions like a recently acquired Wurlitzer piano. James and Jack are accompanied by recent live drummer Melissa Rigby, who drums on the entirety of Dusk. Her skills lend a rhythmic elasticity to the songs with jazzy undertones that break from the band’s previously unadorned 4/4 leanings. Dusk feels different and cements the group’s presence in the modern world of guitar pop, finding voice in the allure of quietude.

Details

Date:
July 17
Time:
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Time(s):
Doors 6 / Show 7pm
Cost:
Free
SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield
New York, NY
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New York Hot Jazz Festival at SummerStage in Central Park!

The Bridge: Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks with Catherine Russell / Avalon Jazz Band / Aurora Nealand / Natalie Dessay & Ensemble Matheus lead by Jean-Christophe Spinosi presented by the French Mission du Centenaire of WWI, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and New York Hot Jazz Festival

July 1 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm – FREE

A celebration of Parisian and New York Hot Jazz, Swing & Ragtime in commemoration of WWI and the cross pollination of French and US culture

Vince Giordano with special guests Catherine Russell, Kat Edmonson, Nicolle Rochelle, and DeWitt Fleming Jr: From Harlem To Montmarte: the Jazz Age Voyage

Vince Giordano has long been a top name in the jazz world. Born and raised in New York, he is a Grammy-winning musician that fluidly moves from one jazz-based instrument to the next. His passion for music dates back to when he was merely five years old, when he began amassing an assortment of 60,000 band arrangements, 1920s & ‘30s films, 78 recordings and jazz-age memorabilia. Obsessed with replicating the authentic sound of this period, he tracked down some of the era’s pioneers, including Whiteman’s top arranger Bill Challis, drummer Chauncey Morehouse, and bassist Joe Tarto, and learned the craft directly from them. After years working in the industry as a highly coveted musician, Giordano set about forming his own band (originally called the New Orleans Nighthawks). Since then, they’ve played all over, including black tie galas at the NY Public Library, the Waldorf Astoria and the Rainbow Room. Giordano himself has been seen playing at virtually every NYC jazz club, and is a fixture in the business. He’s portrayed jazz artists from all different time periods in film and TV, such as The Cotton ClubThe AviatorFinding ForresterRevolutionary Road(and many more star-powered films), and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire (which he also contributed to the soundtrack of). A recent inductee into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, Giordano has given much lauded concerts at Town Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Newport Jazz Festival and the 92nd St. Y over the last four decades.

Catherine Russell

Grammy Award winning vocalist Catherine Russell is a native New Yorker, and a graduate of American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Ms. Russell has toured the world, performing and recording with David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, and Rosanne Cash, among others, appearing on over 200 albums. Since the 2006 release of her debut album, Cat, on Harmonia Mundi’s World Village label, Catherine has been making new fans and friends. Five acclaimed and chart topping albums have followed, including Strictly Romancin’, awarded  Prix du Jazz Vocal 2012 (Vocal Album of The Year) by the Jazz Academy in France and a Bistro Award for Outstanding Recording, followed by Bring It Back in 2014. Her 6th album, Harlem On My Mind, was released in September 2016 and received a Grammy Nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album.  Catherine has been a guest on The Tavis Smiley Show on PBS-TV and Fresh Air with Terry Gross on NPR. Will Friedwald writing in The Wall Street Journal, calls Catherine Russell “one of the outstanding singers of our time.”

Kat Edmonson

Kat Edmonson is a critically acclaimed, vintage-pop and jazz vocalist. She’s made memorable turns on Austin City LimitsA Prairie Home Companion, and had her songs featured on several television shows and commercials. Such exciting growth is not surprising or unexpected for Edmonson. Her 2009 debut, Take to the Sky, comprised creative interpretations of standards and pop hits while her brilliant 2012 follow-up, Way Down Low, was called “one of the greatest vocal albums I’ve ever heard,” by The Boston Globe. The album, which featured both originals and covers in styles from pop and country to jazz and bossa nova, earned her universal critical acclaim, and the attention of Sony Masterworks, who released her third album. The Big Picture, produced by Mitchell Froom, featured Edmonson’s originals drawing from a wellspring of ‘50s and ‘60s pop, ‘70s AM radio, and movie soundtracks. This year has found Kat back in the studio completing her fourth album scheduled for release in 2018. Edmonson appeared in Woody Allen’s recent 1930s inspired film Café Society as a jazz singer. She is highlighted on the official soundtrack with her cover of “Mountain Greenery.”

Tatiana Eva-Marie and the Avalon Jazz Band with special guest Stephane Wrembel: Do You Zazou?

Named a ‘rising jazz vocalist’ by Vanity Fair, the Franco-American Tatiana Eva-Marie steers the Avalon Jazz Band on a jaunty journey back in time, to the heyday of Parisian zazou and New York City’s Golden Age of swing. One listen to Eva-Marie and her smooth comrades, and you’re instantly transported to the 1930s and 40s, where swing was king and the classic jazz of France enchanted the night. Mingling these two flirty styles together, they create a melodious, internationally contoured pastiche, with tinges of Gypsy folk. For her green age, Eva-Marie is an accomplished performer, having played “Divas of the Silver Screen” at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Midsummer Night Swing Festival at Lincoln Center, NYC Winter Jazzfest, New York Hot Jazz Festival, “The Edith Piaf Centennial” at the Iridium, Carlyle, Joe’s Pub, The Rainbow Room Opening Night, French Embassy on Bastille Day, and New York City Opera gala at the Plaza. Current Avalon Jazz Band shows feature Eva-Marie on vocals, Adrien Chevalier (violin), Sara L’Abriola (guitar), Vinny Raniolo (guitar), Adrian Cunningham (reeds), Brandi Disterheft (bass), along with some select special guests. With Eva-Marie (who the Wall Street Journal also commended as “one of the best young singers around) at the helm, the Avalon Jazz Band devotedly tours all over, performing with a swinging and puckish spirit.

Stephane Wrembel

The virtuoso guitarist from France, Stephane Wrembel, who learned his craft among the Roma at campsites in the French countryside, is one of the most original guitar voices in contemporary music. Rolling Stone has called Stephane Wrembel “a revelation,” while Woody Allen recruited him to score the theme for the smash film Midnight in Paris, which brought about Wrembel’s irresistibly catchy original song, “Bistro Fada.” He has headlined at Lincoln Center, played major festivals, recorded with mandolin legend David Grisman, toured with master violinist Mark O’Connor and shared stages with everyone from Elvis Costello to Patti Smith to The Roots. The Gitane guitar company has even named a model after him. Stephane Wrembel is back on the road with his band in 2017 with two new recordings on Water Is Life Records, Django Experiment I and II that were released in conjunction with the Wrembel-produced Django A Gogo Carnegie Hall extravaganza.

Aurora Nealand with her Royal Roses: Sidney Bechet – The Paris Years 

Aurora Nealand is an established bandleader, composer, performer and improviser. Nealand grew up in a musical family in California listening to Preservation Hall Jazz Band recordings side by side with Stravinsky, Joan Baez and the Pixies, and later, she fell in love with the recordings of Mingus, the soundscapes of Mort Subotnik and the performances of Laurie Anderson. Nealand has become a prominent force in the New Orleans music scene since she first arrived in 2005. Combining the “formal education” – a music composition degree from Oberlin Conservatory and training at the Jacques Lecoq School of Physical Theatre in Paris –  with the “informal” experience of playing music in the streets and clubs of New Orleans and throughout the northern Hemisphere, Nealand has emerged as an innovative, sensitive and daring music creator and performer. She is most recognized for her performance on saxophones, clarinet and vocals and has been at the forefront of the revival of New Orleans Traditional Jazz. After playing in established New Orleans Bands for several years, (Panorama Jazz Band, VaVaVoom, The New Orleans Moonshiners), in 2010 she formed her own Traditional Jazz band “The Royal Roses.” The Royal Roses released its first album, “A Tribute to Sydney Bechet: Live at Preservation Hall” to national acclaim and Nealand was voted as one of Downbeat Magazine’s top rising stars for soprano saxophone from 2010 on.

Details

Date:
July 1
Time:
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Time(s):
Doors 5pm / Show 6pm

Venue

SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield
New York, NY
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Fête de la Musique: Wax Tailor / Her / Ayo / Ala.Ni at SummerStage

An evening of French contemporary talent and genres ranging from hip-hop to soul and pop
June 21 @ 5:00 pm10:00 pm
Free

Wax Tailor

It’s rare to meet a turntablist DJ who so values the sound and aesthetic of classic-era Hollywood. A favorite in his home country of France (and, frankly, all over Europe), Wax Tailor’s decidedly cool, anachronistic mixing of long-lost soundtracks of the silver screen and current hip-hop & Euro-synth beats is unlike that of any DJ working today. Tailor (whose given name is Jean-Christophe Le Saoût) is most cherished for his live performances, which transcend the regular DJ fare of mere mixing tracks, and provide electrified international crowds with old school overlaying and scratching, live musical acts (including stirring instrumentalists and vocalists) and kaleidoscopic, compelling video projections. From renown festivals in Glastonbury to Montreal, Tailor has sold-out shows all around the globe. His latest (5th) album, 2016’s By Any Beats Necessary, showcases his storytelling skills, as he leads listeners on an aural roller coaster; an electro swing pilgrimage through the southern states of America. This perfect storm of blues, psychedelic rock, soul funk, trip & hip-hop are a testament to his ability to move crowds in an entirely personal, funky and super fly way.

Her

When two male performers out of the French Scene decided to name their band Her, they knew they’d turn a few inquisitive heads. A tribute to the women who have inspired and shaped them, and a commentary on the nature of duality, the band’s name sums up their sensibilities and philosophies on art, as well as life. Vacillating between the masculine and the feminine, their sound is both sensuous and fortified. With a post-modern electro-rock feel of buzzing guitars and hauntingly ethereal vocals, Her definitely crafts their own rare style.  Members Victor Solf and Simon Carpentier are often mistaken for being Brits, as they only sing in English and their sound faintly echoes that of the English new wave. Citing a vast array of diverse influences from indie to soul, such as Kendrick Lamar, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Alabama Shakes, Jungle, Al Green, Shuggie Otis, James Blake, Jamie XX, FKA Twigs, their wispily affecting sound truly defies categorization. With five LPs out, including Gold, Revolution and E’ tutto così, Her’s studio tracks are phenomenally produced. Their stage shows are marvelous too, as they bring three additional musicians along for the acoustically sumptuous ride.

Ayo

The German-born singer/songwriter/actress Joy Olasunmibo Ogunmakin has a lineage as remarkably unique as her sound. With a Nigerian father and Romanian mother, she grew up in Africa and Europe, and was already learning to play the piano, violin and guitar at the age of six. Her stage name is the Yoruba translation of the word for “joy,” her first name, and this adjective couldn’t be more applicable for describing her music. At twenty-two, she moved to London and then Paris, and as she toured with soul singers, her fan base widened and her sound matured. She released her first solo studio album in 2006, the EBBA Award-winning Joyful, featuring the plaintively heartfelt “Down on My Knees,” launching her career as she toured Germany, the US and Canada. Her second record, 2008’s Gravity at Last, contained jazzy dancehall jams like “I Am Not Afraid” and the soulful, steel drum-backed rock single “Slow Slow (Run Run).” Three years later she released Billie-Eve (named after her daughter), featuring a captivating cover of the celebrated Jackson 5 hit “I Want You Back,” and then 2013’s Ticket to the World, with the politically inspired “Fire.” Voted the ‘Best Female Singer’ of the Globes de Cristal Award, Ay? thrives on the live stage, her voice elevated to delectable heights of elation. With a dedication to helping educate children across the world, this light-giving artist was named a patron of UNICEF France.

Ala.Ni

British-born, Paris-based vocalist Ala.Ni defies categorization. Each song on her debut YOU & I sounds like a forgotten gem – instantly familiar but eerily difficult to pin down. All of her songs are highly original, written and produced by the artist, and have a haunting David Lynch-ian quality to them. Ala.Ni stopped many people dead in their tracks when she appeared on “Later…with Jools Holland” late last year, performing a Disney-gone-noir vocal, as compulsively anachronistic as the sensibility of the track itself. Ala.Ni arrived with a voice that seems to take in the cadences of musical history, and an idiosyncratic creative approach to conveying her music, including spooky, self-produced Super 8 videos, 19th century photo techniques for album packaging and release formats that include wax cylinder recordings and even a miniature music box. Her vocal stylings have been compared to Billie Holiday, Minnie Ripperton, Lena Horne, Judy Garland or Julee Cruise, but this is no nostalgia trip and to make these simple comparisons would be, as Glamour noted “a disservice because the thing about this West London-born singer is that she is totally unique.”

Details

Date:
June 21
Time:
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Time(s):
Doors 5pm / Show 6pm
Cost:
Free
Venue
SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield
New York, NY
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