August 30, 2009. Tompkins Square Park.
Today’s Non-Guitar Dosage is all about Jazz. You see me posting a lot of live event pics on this blog and there’s a reason for it. Live music is where it is, dude, no matter what you think. It’s where people come together from all shades of color and all combination of numbers whether in age or quantity. Ya feel?
Now Jazz concerts are different from most concerts because when you’re there and you look around, the people you see would never otherwise strike you as obvious jazz fans. Live music is not always about the music, it’s almost always the energy people bring with them in that concentrated spot where they meet, mingle, and bond. Well, maybe not mingle.
I will say, however, that your Jazz experience is incomplete without attending a Latin or Afro-Latin Jazz concert. No matter how foreign you are to that style of music, it will make you move like you didn’t know your body could. Don’t ask for proof. If you’re in NY, some of the world’s best musicians play live almost every week, free or not free. I prefer outdoors more than indoors. And prefer to stay away from clubs that let you pay with arm or a leg.
This is a great listing for Jazz music in NY. If you have one for your city, town, or country, please leave a link in the comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also twitter me the link at @guitarkadia. Please include the hashtag #jazzlives. You need to attend a concert in an NYC Park to have the right dose of fun. And you never know which legend might be playing with the band that day.
Special thanks to Amber from Central Park Summerstage for hooking me up with a pass!