June 1, 2020
Relax at Home with Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Online Concerts
Though we might feel disconnected from the neighborhood while sheltering at home, the Jazz At Lincoln Center’s online programming offers the perfect chance to reconnect to NoMad’s vibrant music scene.
Jazz music has a particular significance for NoMad, which is steeped in musical history. Tin Pan Alley, stretching from Fifth to Sixth Avenue on 28th Street, is hailed as the birthplace of popular music, helping develop genres from jazz to Ragtime to show tunes. Also found on Sixth Avenue is the Jazz Loft — the iconic space once frequented by legendary musicians including Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, and Thelonious Monk.
Today, that musical legacy lives on with renowned NoMad institutions like the Jazz Gallery, where new and seasoned artists alike can showcase their talents; the Jazz Standard, which is one of the biggest jazz clubs in the city; and the Flatiron Room, known for its nightly jazz performances as well as its impressive selection of whiskeys.
Though your living room might not have the ambiance of these clubs, you can still indulge in some sonic relaxation with the Lincoln Center’s plethora of online musical options.
JALC and Dizzy’s Club are delighting listeners by dipping into their star-studded vault to release full recordings of their most memorable concerts. Last week, they released the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s performance of Walter Blanding’s big band arrangement of Sonny Rollins’ “Freedom Suite” in the “Jazz of the 1960s” concert.
As the JALC put it, now is the perfect time to “get lost in [a] moment of musical zen.” And most of all — look forward to the days in the near future when you can take your seat at the Rose Theatre or the Appel Room and thoroughly enjoy the music live. In the meantime, keep visiting the Jazz at Lincoln Center website to check out the lineup of programs, special performances, a blog listing of Jazz events around the country, and the large archive of Jazz at Lincoln Center concerts.
For jazz aficionados or those curious to learn more about the genre, JALC is hosting Swing University classes on Zoom and Facebook Live, masterclasses, and discussion panels hosted by its Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis. You can even make this into a family activity by browsing through the Jazz for Kids activities available on the Center’s website and YouTube channel.
This upcoming week will feature the following weekly online programs:
8:30AM • “From the Vaults” Archival Concert Published
12:30PM • Wednesdays with Wynton
7:30PM • Live from Dizzy’s Club (Artist Livestreams)
While hunkered down at home, this is a great way to listen and learn about Jazz — the quintessential American musical genre born in NoMad.