March 24, 2020
NoMad and All That Jazz: Listen Now
Given New York’s historical connection to Jazz – especially NoMad, which is home to famed Tin Pan Alley – there’s no better time to explore music and melodies that settle into a pocket of sheer enjoyment. Tin Pan Alley’s general optimism is easy on the ear and captures the heart of what it means to have New York in your soul.
Now more than ever, some of the best-known, timeless Tin Pan Alley hits may resonate in new and different ways. A simple comma added to the lyric, “Let me call you, Sweetheart,” updates the song instantly for our virtually connected times. Below is a very brief chronological sampling of hits to enjoy:
- The Sidewalks of New York, Lawlor and Black, 1894
- The Band Played On, Charles B. Ward and John F. Palmer
- A Bird in a Gilded Cage, Harry Von Tilzer, 1900
- Give My Regards to Broadway, George M. Cohan, 1904
- Shine On Harvest Moon, Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth, 1908
- Let Me Call You Sweetheart, Beth Slater Whitson and Leo Friedman, 1910
- Some of These Days, Shelton Brooks, 1911
- I Cried for You, Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown, 1923
- All Alone, Irving Berlin, 1924
- Baby Face, Benny Davis and Harry Akst, 1926
- My Blue Heaven, Walter Donaldson and George Whiting, 1927
- Happy Days Are Here Again, Jack Yellen and Milton Ager, 1937
For those who want to share Jazz, NoMad’s The Jazz Gallery is scheduling live Happy Hour Zoom sessions with jazz musicians on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. You can hear great music, interact with a Jazz Gallery musician, and enjoy some Jazz Gallery community. All you have to do is buy a ticket ($15) and provide your own libations. Sessions are limited to 10 people, so be sure to get your tickets ahead of time here.
If you’re looking to explore more Jazz, check out Jazz Standard’s online library here. You can access Grammy-winning and nominated albums that have been recorded on Jazz Standard’s stage in NoMad, and explore, sample, and buy critically-acclaimed recordings by renowned Jazz artists. Or delve into The Jazz Gallery’s TJG Spotify Playlist. Listen to your heart’s content.
Beyond NoMad, Jazz at Lincoln Center has also been spreading Jazz, sharing access to some wonderful music:
Rock Chalk Suite, a basketball-inspired album written and performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis features incredible improvisation and has just been made available: STREAM or BUY THE ALBUM
WeBop Jazz Heroes has a fun playlist of songs for the whole family to sing along to, including classics like Old MacDonald and Tea for Two (both sung by the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald): WeBop Spotify Playlist
Swing with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s performance of Duke Ellington’s Back, Brown and Beige suite: STREAM, BUY THE ALBUM, or WATCH
To learn more about Tin Pan Alley, read this informative four-part series on Experience NoMad: