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Songs of Protest & Reconciliation

Friday, August 18, 2017

6–10:30 p.m.

The August 18 Performance is now SOLD OUT.


A stunning evening of iconic repertoire performed by an all-star ensemble assembled and led by award-winning pianist Damien Sneed with special guest Keyon Harrold on trumpet. Together, Sneed and this accomplished group will offer an unforgettable blend of jazz, soul, gospel, and contemporary music in a night speaking to the challenges and hopes of our time: think Nina Simone’s anthem “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free,” Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” or Stevie Wonder’s “You Will Know.” Don’t miss this spectacular final event of JAZZ & CHIHULY at The New York Botanical Garden!

Evening Schedule

6 p.m. | Doors Open
7–8:30 p.m. | Concert
8:30–10:30 p.m. | CHIHULY Viewing

Ticket Pricing

Non-Member $45 / Member $40
Summer Concert Series pass including all three concerts: Non-Member $120 / Member $105

Advance purchase recommended. Event is rain or shine.


Includes Corporate and Patrons


  1. Damien Sneed, piano & lead vocals 
    Julius Rodriguez, Hammond B3 organ 
    John Matthew Clark, bass guitar 
    Mark Clark, Jr, drums 
    Chenee Campbell, vocals 
    Anitra McKinney, vocals 
    Djore Nance, vocals 
    Tiffany Stevenson, vocals 
    Matia Washington, vocals 
    Keyon Harrold, trumpet 
    Stacy Dillard, saxophone 
    Corey Wilcox, trombone
  2. Damien Sneed is a multi-genre recording artist and a 2014 recipient of the prestigious Sphinx Medal of Excellence honor, which is presented annually to emerging Black and Latino leaders in classical music, Sneed has also garnered attention in a wide range of other musical genres, including jazz, gospel, pop, R&B, opera and musical theatre. A pianist, organist, vocalist, conductor, composer, producer, arranger, and arts educator, Sneed has worked with legends such as Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis, Jessye Norman, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, and Ashford & Simpson, Wycliffe Gordon, and Eric Reed. An acclaimed artist with a global reach, Sneed has performed in Europe, Japan, the U.S. Virgin Islands, South America, Africa and the United States. He also has performed at historic national and international events, including the 2012 Olympics in London and activities related to the Inauguration of President Barack Obama.

  3. Raised in the (now infamous) Ferguson, MO, Keyon Harrold has developed a reputation as one of the world’s most sought-after, emotionally electric young trumpeters on the scene. A graduate from the famous Mannes Jazz Program at the New School University, Keyon is an eclectic trumpeter/music producer/arranger/songwriter who has been featured on nearly 100 albums ranging from jazz, R&B, pop, and gospel to blues and hip hop. Keyon has toured and recorded with or produced for some of the world’s best artists and ensembles like Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Common, Erykah Badu, and Lauryn Hill, to name a few. He has also had numerous musical placements in film and TV including the Miles Davis Biopic Miles Ahead, directed by Don Cheadle, where he is featured as the trumpet player behind Don Cheadle’s onscreen performances. His next album will be released in early 2017.

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