Jazz and Colors brings Central Park a swinging soundtrack

Jazz and Colors
This coming Thursday, in addition to the beautiful changing leaves and the crisp feeling of autumn, Central Park goers will be treated to music by thirty different ensembles spread out throughout the park. They’ve all been given the same set list with songs by Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Billy Strayhorn, Dizzy Gillespie and more. The idea being that as you move throughout the park you’ll experience a seamlessly shifting soundtrack. This beautiful idea is called Jazz and Colors and it’s sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center.

The music starts at noon on Thursday, November 7th and goes all the way to 4pm. It just so happens, we’re giving a park tour during the concert… bonus! But even if you don’t join us, head over to the park. It’s going to be magical.

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Friday night’s fans cheered just as loudly. As always we’ve scoured the web for the best Youtube bootlegs and this time we’ve struck gold. Not only can you see audience video from the audience but you also get video from the stage! Check it out:

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Crowd at Sept 15, 2011 Bocelli Concert

Bocelli’s fans came in droves despite the rain for his September 15th Central Park Concert. We scoured the web to find you the best shaky, handheld camera concert videos we could:

Bocelli with Celine Dion (The Prayer)

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Andrea Bocelli in Central Park
Andrea Bocelli in Central Park

This Thursday night Andrea Bocelli will perform at the Great Lawn in Central Park (http://bocellicentralpark.com). He’ll be joined by music legends including Céline Dion, Tony Bennett, Nicola Benedetti, Chris Botti, David Foster Andrea Griminelli, Ana Marĺa Martĺnez, Bryn Terfel, Pretty Yende And The Westminster Symphonic Choir Celebrate With Internationally Acclaimed Tenor Andrea Bocelli And The New York Philharmonic, Conducted By Alan Gilbert.

Though the concert is free, tickets sold out back in July. Fans may still be able to get last minute tickets from the website or by visiting a ticket broker or stubhub.com. Ah New York! One of the few places were people will pay for tickets that were initially free. Bocelli was originally scheduled to perform in Central Park on the 10th to commemorate September 11th with concerts in other borough’s parks which would conclude with the appearance on the 15th in Central Park. But the Central Park Conservancy is characteristically concerned with the health of the Great Lawn if it hosts two concerts in the span of four days. They have good reason for concern. A Barbara Streisand concert totally destroyed Sheep Meadow in 1967 and it wasn’t restored for more than a decade.

Instead Bocelli performed last night at Avery Fischer Hall on 66th Street (a mere stone’s throw from the Park). That performance will be broadcast this evening on PBS. Bocelli’s concert on the 15th still retains a theme of expressing appreciation for New York City. He talks in a series of videos on his Youtube channel about how New York is one of his favorite places:

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