This year we celebrate the music of a great American city, the legacy of a great American civil rights leader, and the timelessness of a great American masterpiece. With the glass-domed Conservatory as the backdrop, this innovative three-part series developed in collaboration with Catskill Jazz Factory and Absolutely Live Entertainment presents three glorious evenings showcasing a stunning array of dynamic jazz talent from across the globe.
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 through the exhibition, Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai‘i
5 p.m. | Doors Open
7–8:30 p.m. | Concert
8:30–10:30 p.m. | Exhibition Viewing
NYBG Shop open until 9 p.m.
Non-Member $48 / Member $43
Summer Concert Series pass including all three concerts:
Early Bird Rate through March 30: Non-Member $119 / Member $106
Regular Rate: Non-Member $129 / Member $116
Advance purchase recommended. Events are rain or shine.
Generous support provided by the Baisley Powell Elebash Fund
Salute to the Crescent City: New Orleans at 300
Master clarinetist Evan Christopher leads an all-star New Orleanian super group in celebration of the Crescent City’s Tricentennial and unparalleled musical imprint.
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Song
Top jazz vocalist of her generation Brianna Thomas, joined by trombone legend Wycliffe Gordon, honors the life and legacy of Dr. King through the music of Mahalia Jackson and Nina Simone.
Old, New, & Blue: A Celebration of Gershwin's Rhapsody
An iconic American masterpiece takes on a 21st-century identity in this multicultural world premiere arrangement of Gershwin’s groundbreaking Rhapsody in Blue with the Catskill Jazz Factory Collective led by Dominick Farinacci.
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.
Gourmet Picnic Box
Featuring selections for two from STARR Events, these picnic boxes are the perfect addition to your NYBG visit. Beginning May 1, reserve online and pick them up before the performance to enjoy on the Conservatory Lawn.
Food Trucks, Cantina, and Seasonal Bars
Stop by the Visitor Center for treats from the food truck, beer, wine, and seasonal drink specials, assorted beverages, snacks, and more.
Take a Look at Last Year's Series