Fridays, June 16, July 14 (SOLD OUT), August 18; 6–10:30 p.m.
With the glass-domed Conservatory as the backdrop, this innovative series developed in collaboration with Catskill Jazz Factory and Absolutely Live Entertainment presents three themed evenings showcasing today’s dynamic jazz talent. Bring your blankets and low-back chairs and enjoy the best seat in the house on the scenic Conservatory Lawn. Before and after each concert, stroll among the CHIHULY artworks, glistening at dusk and mesmerizing when lit after the sun sets.
Reserve a gourmet picnic box online to enjoy when you arrive. Light fare and beverages will also be available for purchase on-site.
6 p.m. | Doors Open
7–8:30 p.m. | Concert
8:30–10:30 p.m. | CHIHULY Viewing
NYBG Shop open until 10 p.m.
Non-Member $45 / Member $40
Summer Concert Series pass including all three concerts: Non-Member $120 / Member $105
Advance purchase recommended. Events are rain or shine.
The French Connection
A high-energy and trans-atlantic world premiere led by American trumpet virtuoso Alphonso Horne and featuring new Parisian vocal sensation Camille Bertault.
Celebrating 100 Years of Jazz
A Centennial Tribute to the first recording and the international roots of Jazz led by powerhouse Latin jazz trombonist Chris Washburne and Brazilian virtuoso pianist André Mehmari.
Songs of Protest & Reconciliation
An evening led by pianist Damien Sneed and featuring Grammy award-winning trumpeter Keyon Harrold, dedicated to songs of Protest and Reconciliation, drawing upon a rich songbook of timely messages.
About Absolutely Live Entertainment & Catskill Jazz Factory
Co-Produced with Absolutely Live Entertainment & Catskill Jazz Factory
About Catskill Jazz Factory:
Named a “regional arts think tank” and “formidable jazz incubator” by Hudson Valley’s Almanac Weekly, and based in the heart of the Catskills, the Catskill Jazz Factory (CJF) is a dynamic jazz program founded in 2012 with an aim to support today’s best young jazz artists. CJF offers year-round school workshops, concerts, mountaintop residencies, lectures, and world-class performances in diverse spaces to a variety of regional audiences across the Hudson Valley by partnering with educational facilities, arts organizations, and a variety of local non-profits and businesses. CJF brings talent to new audiences in non-traditional venues for music, putting jazz where it hasn’t been before.
Previous programs boast collaborations with a number of world-class musicians, including pianists (and inaugural 2012-2013 CJF Artistic Director) Aaron Diehl, Marcus Roberts and Dan Tepfer, trombonists Wycliffe Gordon and Chris Washburne, and vocalists Brianna Thomas and Cecile McLorin Salvant.
Absolutely Live Entertainment (ALE) is a festival, tour, and concert production company led by industry veteran Danny Melnick. In 2017, ALE will produce the 40th annual Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, in Saratoga, NY on June 24 & 25 in addition to many other events. ALE also manages acclaimed alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa.
Melnick is the former Artistic Director and Senior Producer at Festival Productions, Inc. where he played a central role in over 90 festivals in Europe, Japan, and the U.S. He was the Artistic Director for the 1999–2007 JVC Jazz Festivals in New York and for the Newport Jazz 50th Anniversary Festival in 2004.
He proudly serves as the newly-appointed Producer of the Newport Jazz Festival, which celebrates it’s 63rd anniversary August 4-6 in Newport, RI, and as the Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall’s The Shape of Jazz series, which is in its 14th season at Zankel Hall.
Reserve a table at Hudson Garden Grill before the show, order a gourmet picnic box online to pick up and enjoy during the performance, or stop in at any one of several other dining options available during Summer Concert Evenings at the Garden.
Hudson Garden Grill
Enjoy a pre-concert dinner at the Hudson Garden Grill by reserving on OpenTable.com. Last reservation is at 5:30 p.m.
JAZZ & CHIHULY Gourmet Picnic Box
Featuring selections for two from STARR Events, these picnic boxes are the perfect addition to your NYBG visit. Reserve online and pick them up before the performance to enjoy on the Conservatory Lawn.
Taco Truck and Cantina
Stop by the Visitor Center for tacos, mini churros, Avión Tequila margaritas, assorted beverages, and snacks.
Conservatory Plaza Bar
Beer, wine, Avión Tequila margaritas, sandwiches, snacks, and cookies will be available for purchase throughout the night.