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The 3rd Annual New York Hot Jazz Festival

Jazzed Magazine • News • April 2, 2015


The 3rd Annual New York Hot Jazz Festival will take place at 16 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan on Sunday, May 3 (12:00 pm to 2:00 am). Tickets are on sale now! While retaining hot jazz in its core, this year’s festival is expanding into later swing with bands, such as Andy Farber’s 17-piece After Midnight Orchestra (formerly know as Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars) from the Tony-winning Broadway show, as well as Wycliffe Gordon’s & Friends. Additionally, Australian bassist and award-winning vocalist Nicki Parrott, who was a member of the Les Paul Trio for a decade, will lead a trio featuring cornetist Warren Vaché. Trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso will bring the Earregulars with guitarist Matt Munisteri and Scott Robinson.

Aside from Vaché and Kellso, this year’s festival will highlight some of the top horn players of the younger generation, such as Riley Mulherkar and Alphonso Horne, who are bringing their new band the Gotham Kings; Gordon Au, the leader of the Grand St. Stompers, which is one of the pioneering bands of New York hot jazz and swing dance revival, and Bria Skonberg with her Jazz Compatriots. To balance out the brass talent, the festival will feature some of the top young string stars in hot jazz today: Stephanie Wrembel, whose “Bistro Fada” is on the Academy Award-winning soundtrack of Midnight in Paris, and a Finnish Django Reinhardt acolyte Olli Soikkeli, who co-leads Rhythm Future Quartet with violinist Jason Anick.Among the vocalists taking part in the festival for the first time will be a rare New York appearance by an exceptional songbook stylist and recording artist Rebecca Kilgore and jazz singer Michael Mwenso. The NY Hot Jazz Fest continues to present local hot jazz “institutions” that have fueled the city’s scene with their long-term residencies such as Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band, who play every Monday at Cafe Carlyle with Woody Allen, Terry Waldo’s Gotham City Band, and Dennis Lichtman’s Mona’s Hot Fout, among others.

Dancing is encouraged; Swing dancers will be particularly delighted by The Players’ optimal ballroom dance floor. Once again, while three stages on the two upper levels will be devoted to non-stop live music, the lower level of the Players will feature a day-long screening of Hot Jazz and swing film clips with the first half devoted to Hollywood’s golden age. Party and dancing continues into the wee hours with the festival jam session led by David Ostwald and Gordon Au.

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