World’s music in NYC parks

Caribbean music is big -- and free -- in the city's parks this summer; my City Arts column details some of the best shows. There's also music from Africa, Turkey, Syria, Brazil -- almost everywhere, as well as the good ol' USA. I'm off to teach my NYU class about "World Music," a nebulous concept, so can't report all the dates and places here/now, but check out calendars for Summerstage, River-to-River Festival, Celebrate Brooklyn, the BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival at Brooklyn's Metrotech Center, and any of the other presenters mentioned … [Read more...]

In lieu of JVC Jazz festivals

Did you miss the "festivity" of June jazz concerts in major Manhattan venues -- or did you find ways of coping without them? There's so much fine music -- jazz and beyond -- in nearby festive settings, many of them out-of-doors, that the absence of a 38-year-old institution doesn't seem to have made much stir. Perhaps you didn't even notice? Here's my most recent City Arts - NYC report on how George Wein responded to his perennial presence in New York City's jazz summer being suspended, upcoming classic jazz alternatives in Kent, CT, Katonah NY … [Read more...]