Summer has become synonymous with live shows, and to scratch that itch to dance under the stars, festivals and concerts are being held all over the city at venues that are only open for the warmer months. On June 25th the Central Park Summer Stage, located at Rumsey Playfield, will host a free concert including some spectacular jazz musicians in association with the New York Hot Jazz Festival. Doors open at 2pm and the show is set to go on until 7pm.
Here is some background information on the three separate acts.
Butler, Bernstein & the Hot 9
New Orleans vocalist and pianist Henry Butler found himself in Brooklyn and teamed up with futurist trumpeter and bandleader Steven Bernstein. The two have come together with the Hot 9 to perform traditional New Orleans inspired compositions, ranging from early 20th century blues to exciting improvisations.
The Hot Sardines
Comprised of bandleader Evan “Bibs” Palazzo and lead singer Miz Elizabeth, the Hot Sardines play “hot jazz” the way it was mean to be played. Along with an ensemble of powerhouse musicians, Palazzo and Elizabeth focus on jazz from the 1920s through the ‘40s, while captivating a 21st century audience.
Bria Skonberg and the New York Hot Jazz All-Stars
Skonberg combines the traditions of Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet with modern jazz variants. She has been awarded the Jazz at Lincoln Center Swing! Award and The New York Bistro Awards Outstanding Jazz Artist Award. She is also a Co-Founder of the New York Hot Jazz Festival. Skonberg will be performing with the New York Hot Jazz All-Stars, which will be featuring Anat Cohen on clarinet, Vince Giordano on bass, Joe Saylor on drums, and Dalton Ridenhour on piano. Other artists will be joining on the group.