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Jazz at Lincoln Center Series at Bryant Park Picnic Performances – Camille Thurman and the Darrell Green Quartet and More – August 13 & 14 at Bryant Park

Christian Wissmuller • News • July 29, 2021
Bryant Park Picnic Performances‘ season of free, live performances continues with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Series, offering two memorable nights of blues, swing, and improvisational jazz, presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center. The series kicks off on August 13 with Young Stars of Jazz, a concert featuring a handpicked selection of up-and-coming young stars of the jazz world; and, on August 14, the vocalist, bandleader, and saxophonist Camille Thurman, accompanied by the Darrell Green Quartet, performs the music of Burt Bacharach.
In line with continually expanding city and state safety protocols, Bryant Park will be welcoming guests to these Picnic Performance events on a first-come, first-served basis; no ticket is necessary. Vaccinated and negative-tested audience members may bring their own picnic blankets or take park-provided chairs for open seating on the world-famous Bryant Park Lawn. Unvaccinated or untested attendees will be offered seating in a separate, socially-distanced section. Food and beverages are available for purchase from vendors in the park. All event attendees are also invited to bring their own food and drinks.
For anyone unable to attend in person, a free livestream broadcast of the performance will be available nationwide via Bryant Park’s website and social media platforms, thanks to the generous support of Bank of America. Additional support for on-site events is provided by Amazon.
For a selection of high-resolution images from the current and previous Bryant Park Picnic Performances seasons, please visit this link. When used, please credit the appropriate photographer as listed in the image filename.
More information about the dance performances, Bryant Park’s current COVID-19 safety protocols, and line listings for all Picnic Performances programming follows. For more information about Picnic Performances and to request artist interviews, specific photos of performers, or to arrange for on-site photography or press passes, please contact John Seroff at GreenHouse Publicity by replying to this email.
Performance Details
Young Stars of Jazz
Featuring Anthony Hervey (trumpet), Alexa Tarantino (alto saxophone), Julian Lee (tenor saxophone), Isaiah J. Thompson (piano), Endea Owens (bass), and Kyle Poole (drums)
Presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center
Supporting the next generation of jazz stars is one of our most exciting and important missions at Jazz at Lincoln Center. For this performance, this collective of incredible young jazz musicians will take you on a journey through blues, swing and improvisation.
Camille Thurman and the Darrell Green Quartet: Burt Bacharach Reimagined
Presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center
The sky’s the limit for the multi-talented Camille Thurman. An award-winning composer and arranger, formidable saxophonist, jaw-dropping vocalist, and trusted bandleader, Thurman would still be making the “rising star” lists even if she focused on just one of her musical gifts. Thankfully, she’s instead rapidly developing every aspect of her artistry. For the past several years Thurman has been a popular headliner at Dizzy’s Club and a regular presence with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. For this occasion, Thurman has developed a new program of reimagined Burt Bacharach hits. A genre-spanning artist himself, Bacharach was influenced at a young age by jazz icons Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie before becoming one of the most successful songwriters of all time. Over the course of his 60-plus year career, Bacharach has released nine No. 1 hit songs and nearly 50 top-ten hits, blending jazz, bossa nova, soul, and pop styles into a distinctive and enduring new sound. With hundreds of songs to choose from, Thurman has teased just a few of the classics that she’ll reimagine with the help of her regular band, the Darrell Green Quartet, including “The Look of Love,” “Going Out of My Head,” and “(They Long to Be) Close to You.” Instantly catchy and yet subtly complex, Bacharach’s music is famously adaptable and popular with jazz musicians, and we can’t wait to see what Thurman does with it. “You’re hard-pressed to find rising talents more exciting than Camille Thurman,” says The New York Times.
Leadership support for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s outdoor concerts provided by Lisa K. Meulbroek and Brent R. Harris, with major support provided by Susan and J. Alan Kahn.
Sections for Seating
1:    Vaccinated  and Tested Section
  • Attendees wishing to sit on the west side of the lawn must provide on-site digital or physical proof of full vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test along with a government issued photo ID.
  • We encourage attendees to wear masks during the check-in process. Masks are not required once vaccinated or tested attendees are seated.
  • Attendees are welcome to enjoy food and drink from one of our many park vendors, or bring their own, for a picnic on the lawn.
  • Attendees can bring a blanket or use a park chair.
2:    Distanced Section
  • Unvaccinated or untested attendees may sit in our socially distanced section. Masks are strongly encouraged until patrons are seated and properly socially distanced (six feet from other parties at all times).
  • Once seated and properly socially distanced, tested attendees are welcome to enjoy food and drink.
  • Attendees will sit in park chairs; no outside blankets or chairs allowed.
  • Please do not attend if you are unwell.
3: Open Seating Section
  • Additional non-distanced seating is available off the Bryant Park Lawn on park grounds at attendees’ discretion.
  • Please do not attend if you are unwell.
As New York State and City safety guidelines for public gatherings quickly change in response to the ongoing success of NYC’s COVID-19 vaccination program, Bryant Park continues to reassess its on-site protocols for upcoming shows with the intention of safely accommodating as many attendees as possible. For the most current guidelines, program updates and additional venue information and restrictions, please visit
Current Bryant Park Picnic Performances Schedule
All Shows Open Doors at 5:30pm, Performance Starts at 7pm
First-Come, First-Served Entry
Livestreams Available on the Bryant Park Picnic Performances Website and
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July 30: Carnegie Hall Citywide – Adrienne Warren and Friends
July 31: Greenwich House Music School – Riley Mulherkar and Ella Bric
August 06: Carnegie Hall Citywide – Terence Blanchard & The E-Collective with the Turtle Island Quartet
August 12: Harlem Stage – Craig Harris’s Nocturnal Nubian Ball…: A Tribute to Sun Ra
August 13: Jazz at Lincoln Center – Young Stars of Jazz
August 14: Jazz at Lincoln Center – Camille Thurman and the Darrell Green Quartet
August 16: Limón Dance Company and Music From The Sole *
August 20: Paul Taylor Dance Company and EMERGE125 **
August 21: New York City Opera – Now That’s What I Call Opera!
August 27: Ballet Hispánico and Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet *
September 03: New York City Opera – Rigoletto
September 10: Classical Theatre of Harlem
September 17: National Sawdust – Allison Loggins-Hull premieres Diametrically Composed
September 20: The Town Hall – Centennial Concert featuring Chris Thile and special guests
* Performances will be available to stream exclusively on Bryant Park’s website
** Livestream of EMERGE125 performance only, available to stream exclusively on Bryant Park’s website
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