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‘Walk With The Wind’ Offers Free Outdoor Jazz Performances

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Jimmy and Dena Katz, creators of Giant Step Arts, have created Walk with the Wind, a series of free performances in Central Park honoring the memory of John Lewis. Performances, which are acoustic and feature small groups, take place at 1 p.m. on The Mall in Central Park. They will continue as long as the weather allows. Upcoming performances include October 10, featuring The Nicole Glover Trio (saxophonist Nicole Glover, bassist Daniel Duke, drummer Nic Cacioppo), and October 11, featuring The Chris Potter Trio (saxophonist Chris Potter, bassist Joe Martin, drummer Nasheet Waits).

“The pandemic has been disastrous for musicians, many of whom normally earn a living through live performances and tours,” says Katz. “We’ve presented and recorded music in various venues, including partnering with the non-profit Jazz Gallery, but the current circumstances have forced us to improvise. We wanted to find a way to continue supporting musicians, bring them together with audiences, safely, and enable them to have a payday! Walk with the Wind, honoring the legacy of the great American John Lewis, is one way we are accomplishing this, and the response has been tremendous. Our goal is to raise enough money from foundations and donors so that we can have performances each spring and fall.”

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