Chris Washburne, The Itty Biddies and More Set for Carnegie Hall's Community and Family Programs, Fall 2013
Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute (WMI) kicks off the 2013-2014 season with live performances at community venues throughout the five boroughs of New York City with its free Neighborhood Concerts. For almost four decades, Carnegie Hall has presented an outstanding series of concerts featuring top notch artists across multiple genres including jazz, world music, classical, and more. In addition, WMI presents a number of free family-friendly programs throughout New York City as part of the Carnegie Kids series.
At Carnegie Hall, parents and young people can also enjoy affordably-priced Family Concerts, recommended for ages 5-10, providing a unique opportunity to introduce children to live performances of music from around the world. Pre-concert activities will take place one hour before select performances and are free to all ticket holders.
NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT: CHRIS WASHBURNE AND THE SYOTOS BAND
Thursday, September 19 at 6:00 p.m.
South Bronx NeON-In partnership with the Department of Probation as part of the NeON's one year anniversary.
Saturday, October 5 at 5:00 p.m.
Trombonist Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band return to Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concerts with boundary-busting music that gives new meaning to Latin jazz. Their music smokes with strands of Afro-Cuban, funk, jazz, gospel, and contemporary classical music fused into a sizzling swirl of surging rhythms and solos. Legendary sonero singer Herman Olivera sings with the group at the Brooklyn Museum concert in October.
CARNEGIE KIDS: THE ITTY BIDDIES
Friday, October 4 at 10:30 a.m.
With their cool, clubby roots and silky harmonies, the charismatic Itty Biddies have kids and grown-ups happily rocking out together at every performance. With a series of songs that weave a fascinating tale over the course of a concert, the Itty Biddies can take you from an African safari to the plains of Texas without your leaving your seats.
NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT: MANUEL VALERA: NEW CUBAN EXPRESS
Friday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall
Grammy-nominated jazz pianist and composer Manuel Valera's music pulses with the beats and soul of his native Havana. The Village Voice said, "Here's a Cuban pianist who lives up to the entire buzz..." and Valera's recent album, New Cuban Express, is ample proof. Valera's band features some of the hottest players on the Latin jazz scene.
NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT: DAVID KRAKAUER'S ACOUSTIC KLEZMER QUARTET
Sunday, October 6 at 3:00 p.m.
Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
David Krakauer, one of the most important and influential musicians in new Jewish music today and of the vital new wave of Klezmer, is known mostly for his amplified sound that pushes the boundaries of Klezmer to include elements of jazz, rock, funk, and hip-hop. With this program, he will play acoustic versions of his music with his quartet.
NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT: THE WHISTLING WOLVES
Saturday, October 12 at 2:30 p.m.
Bronx Library Center
The Whistling Wolves mine the classics and long-lost gems of American folk music while also creating new traditions with their rootsy original songs. Fiddle tunes, old-timey jug-band blues, and sentimental ballads are served up by the Wolves with spirited vocals, and a bevy of instruments, including ukulele, harmonica, fiddle, bass, mandolin, banjo, guitar and, of course, the sounds of two-time world champion whistler Emily Eagan.
NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT: Sean Jones QUARTET
Monday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Whether he's exploring the emotional depths of a ballad or tearing it up in a high-tempo number, Sean Jones is one of the most exciting trumpet players on the jazz scene. The former lead trumpet player of Wynton Marsalis's Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Jones plays the instrument with tremendous expressive power. The website All About Jazz said of his dynamic quartet's new recording, "At times breathtaking, No Need for Words is an album of exceeding beauty."