The Bryant Park Picnic Performances presented by Bank of America’s Free Live Performance Season this summer will continue with Carnegie Hall Citywide Series, five nights of music spanning all genres every Friday in July. The series begins with jazz collective Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble (July 1); The vocal and drum jazz duo The Baylor Project (July 8); American swing legends Squirrel Nut Zippers (July 15); the celebrated 25-piece all-female orchestra The Broadway Sinfonietta (July 22); and the famous jazz ensemble The Hot Sardines with Nellie McKay (July 29).
“For more than four decades, Carnegie Hall partnered with community organizations in all five boroughs, bringing free performances from big-name artists and rising music stars to New York City neighborhoods, bringing together local residents and people from everywhere to share good music,” said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hallexecutive and artistic director of. “As part of this commitment to the community, we are thrilled to return to Bryant Park this summer, performing five fantastic concerts, kicking off next season. Carnegie Hall City-wide series.”
Attendees can bring their own food or purchase from on-site food and drink vendors near the lawn. At most performances, attendees can purchase food from a rotating list of local New York vendors organized by Hester Street Fair. Vaccinations and COVID-19 masks are not currently required, but Bryant Park will continue to monitor and follow updated New York City and New York State COVID-19 guidelines throughout the year. was so necessary.
The 2022 picnic season is made possible through the generous support of Bank of America. “Bank of America has been a longtime supporter of the arts because we believe that a thriving arts and cultural community benefits both society and the economy,” said José Tavarez, President of Bank of America New York. City. “So we’re thrilled to once again sponsor Picnic Performances and combine our commitment to the arts with our partnership with Bryant Park. Together, we’re helping New York’s iconic cultural scene thrive, while promoting green spaces and providing a Free access to live New York City Music, Dance and Theater.”
Additional performance information follows below. For the most up-to-date information, please visit bryantpark.org/picnics.
Friday, July 1 at 7 p.m.
Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble
The Grammy Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble (ALJE) is an octet of virtuosos steeped in Latin jazz traditions, pioneering big names like Tito Puente and Mario Bauza. Listening to the future of music, the ALJE performs a diverse repertoire that highlights the main musicians of the ensemble, including one of its newest members, pianist Andrew Andron. Featuring Moroccan American singer Malika Zarra and composer Akua Dixon with her innovative string quartet Quartette Indigo, this performance is a perfect fit for this outdoor summer concert series, showcasing the sounds and incredible talent of New York.
Friday July 8 at 7 p.m.
The Baylor Project
The Baylor Project represents one of today’s great musical marriages – a cross-genre exploration led by vocalist Jean Baylor and drummer Marcus Baylor. Their latest album, 2021’s Generations, earned the pair their first NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album (Vocal), as well as their fourth Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Covering jazz, blues, soul, gospel and more, this project has sold out across the United States and has been featured at major European festivals.
Friday July 15 at 7 p.m.
The platinum-selling Squirrel Nut Zippers blend jazz, swing revival playfulness, folktales and offbeat musical wit for their powerful performances. Their latest album, Lost Songs of Doc Souchon, is “inspired by all the mysterious characters in the history of New Orleans jazz music,” says bandleader Jimbo Mathus. Exploring this universally beloved music while embracing the likable characters that give it such character is, in a nutshell, what makes this set a life force and a lifelong favorite with audiences.
Friday July 22 at 7 p.m.
The Broadway Symphony
The Broadway Sinfonietta is a highly acclaimed all-female, predominantly women-of-color orchestra making its anticipated debut with a full orchestra under the musical direction of Macy Schmidt. The 25-piece ensemble brings a varied program to Bryant Park, including Sinfonietta signatures like “You’re Gonna Hear from Me”, hits from recent projects such as the TikTok musical Ratatouille, a preview of music from the upcoming the orchestra’s first album, and brand-new commissions and arrangements. Putting an orchestral spin on indie pop, classic Broadway musical theater and contemporary musical theatre, the evening’s program explores the idea of finding your voice and what to do with it once found. Led by a rotation of accomplished female conductors, the show also features singers Kristina Alabado, Arielle Jacobsand Solea Pfieffer with additional guest singers from Broadway to be announced.
Friday July 29 at 7 p.m.
Hot sardines starring Nellie McKay
Fueled by the belief that classic jazz nourishes the heart and soul, The Hot Sardines are making a name for themselves as “one of the best jazz bands in New York City today” (Forbes). The Hot Sardines have performed at the Newport and Montreal Jazz Festivals, filled venues from Chicago to New York to London, and reached No. 1 on the iTunes Jazz Charts. In this free performance at Bryant Park, they welcome guest singer Nellie McKaya prominent artist described as a “renegade songwriter with an ultra-flexible Great American Songbook sensibility. McKay finds modern resonances everywhere” (Rolling Stone).
Complete the Bryant Park Picnic Performance
June 10: Contemporary dance: EMERGE125 and Ayodele Casel
June 11: Contemporary Dance: Ballet Hispánico Social Latin Dance Class, Music of the Sole and Heginbotham Dance
June 17: New York City Opera: Pride in the Park
June 24: Emerging Music Festival organized by AdHoc: Benét, Dougie Poole and Daneshevskaya
June 25: Emerging Music Festival organized by AdHoc: 95 Bulls, Talia Goddess, Reyna Tropical
July, 1st: Carnegie Hall Across Town: Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble
July 8: Carnegie Hall Across the City: The Baylor Project
July 15th : Carnegie Hall Citywide: squirrel zippers
22nd of July : Carnegie Hall Across the city: the Broadway Sinfonietta
July 23: Jazzmobile: Bobby Sanabria big band multiverse
July 28: artists to be determined
July 29: Carnegie Hall Throughout the city: hot sardines Nellie McKay
August 5: Performers to be determined
August 12: New York Opera: La traviata
August 19: Asian American Arts Alliance: Rafiq Bhatia and Ian Chang
August 26: Habibi Festival: Esraa Warda & The Châab Lab, Firas Zreik, Yacine Boularès, and AJOYO
August 29: The town hall: the eighth blackbird in celebration John Cage
September 2: New York City Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor
September 8: Steinway artists Aaron Diehl and Orrin Evans
September 9: Harlem Classic Theater
September 16: Accordion Festival: Heart of Afghanistan and more
September 17: American Symphony Orchestra