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Central Park to be Filled with Jazz Music This Fall at First Annual Jazz & Colors Event (Release)

10.10.12

CENTRAL PARK TO BE FILLED WITH JAZZ MUSIC THIS FALL AT FIRST

ANNUAL JAZZ & COLORS EVENT

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Thirty Jazz Ensembles to Perform at Iconic Sites Throughout the Park on November 10
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Performances are Free and Open to the Public

October 10, 2012 [New York, NY] – Jazz & Colors, New York City Parks & Recreation, and the Central Park Conservancy today announced that Central Park will host the first-ever Jazz & Colors event, a free public concert featuring 30 jazz ensembles performing against the stunning backdrop of Central Park’s fall foliage on November 10. New Yorkers, jazz fans and seasonal visitors will be able to create a personal concert experience as they explore some of the Park’s most beloved sites – from the Naumberg Bandshell to Duke Ellington Circle – in a self-guided musical tour. The inaugural Jazz & Colors event is produced by independent music and film entrepreneur Peter Shapiro, in partnership with the City of New York and the Central Park Conservancy.

The first Park-wide public arts program since Christo & Jeanne-Claude’s The Gates in 2005, Jazz & Colors will celebrate the musical tradition of jazz with a communal set-list of jazz standards that will be performed simultaneously at each of the iconic venues from midtown to Harlem. The musical line-up will feature established and emerging musicians ranging from small combos to big band sessions and will be announced in the coming months, along with the Jazz & Colors set-list.

“Central Park in the fall is the perfect backdrop for jazz, a musical style as vibrant and diverse as the Park itself,” said Peter Shapiro, Founder and Executive Producer, Jazz & Colors. “With countless interpretations of the music at 30 treasured sites around Central Park, no two visitors will experience Jazz & Colors in exactly the same way. I’m proud to partner with the Parks Department and the Central Park Conservancy on what I hope will become an annual tradition for New Yorkers, music lovers and tourists alike.”

“Central Park has a rich history of public cultural projects – from permanent statues and monuments, to temporary public artwork and site-specific performances,” said Parks & Recreation Commissioner Veronica White. “With Jazz & Colors, we look forward to welcoming visitors with live jazz music at every turn, whether they are entering at Columbus Circle, strolling the footpaths along the Harlem Meer, or exploring the Belvedere Castle.”

“In the Conservancy’s ongoing efforts to encourage visitors to experience Central Park in new and exciting ways, we are thrilled to partner with Jazz & Colors to introduce extraordinary music to the Park’s extraordinary landscapes,” said Doug Blonsky, President and CEO of the Central Park Conservancy. “The perfect complement to the art of Central Park’s restored woodlands, rolling meadows, and cultivated gardens will be the art of music. Inspiration is what Central Park is all about, and we’re proud to help inspire more than 40 million visitors every year.”

Featured sites include:

• 100th Street Pool
• 103rd Street and East Drive
• 106th Street and Central Park West
• 59th Street Pond
• 69th Street and West Drive
• 6th Avenue entrance
• 77th Street and West Drive
• 84th Street and East Drive
• 90th Street and Central Park West
• Adjacent to the Abraham and Joseph Spector Playground
• Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
• Cherry Hill Fountain
• Maine Monument
• Delacorte Theater
• Duke Ellington Circle
• Adjacent to the East 96th Street Playground
• East Meadow
• Engineer’s Gate at 90th and 5th Avenue
• Frederick Douglass Circle entrance
• Glade Arch
• Great Hill
• Harlem Meer
• Naumburg Bandshell
• Olmsted Flower Bed
• Pinebank Arch
• Summit Rock
• Adjacent to the Tarr Family Playground
• The Arsenal
• The Dairy
• Adjacent to the Wild West Playground

Visitors can pick up a Jazz & Colors guide, including a map of the venues, band bios and a full schedule, on November 10 as they enter Central Park at Columbus Circle, 6th Avenue, 72nd Street and Central Park West, 72nd Street and Pilgrim Hill, 79th Street and 5th Avenue, 85th Street near West Drive, 90th and Central Park West, or the Engineer’s Gate at 90th and 5th Avenue, as well as at the Great Hill and the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center. Guides will also be available in the November 7th issue of Time Out New York. The event is free and open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, Jazz & Colors will be held on November 11. For more information on Jazz & Colors, visit www.jazzandcolors.com

About Peter Shapiro

Peter Shapiro is an independent music and film entrepreneur and the producer of films, TV specials and events that span the musical spectrum. Projects include the acclaimed live music venue/restaurant/bowling alley Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; The Capitol Theater, the iconic theater in Port Chester, NY, which re-opened earlier this month with a performance by Bob Dylan; the venerable Lower East Side Cabaret venue The Slipper Room; IMAX concert films U23D and All Access; the annual Jammys awards show; the Green Apple Festival, America’s Largest Earth Day event; and many other music, film and new media projects. Shapiro is also the publisher of Relix Magazine, one of the oldest music magazines in America, and co-founder of 3ality Digital, a leading company in the field of Digital 3D. He began his career in live music as the owner of the celebrated downtown New York live music venue Wetlands Preserve.

About New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation is the steward of more than 29,000 acres of land including 1,700 parks, 14 miles of beaches, 500 community gardens, and 2,500 Greenstreets. Parks also manages the City’s athletic fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, public pools, nature centers, golf courses, monuments, and historic house museums. Since 2002, Parks has committed more than $3.9 billion in capital enhancements and has $1.5 billion in the budget for future projects. The Department of Parks & Recreation plays a key role in the PlaNYC and MillionTreesNYC initiatives, Mayor Bloomberg’s signature projects to green the city and develop a more sustainable future. Parks provides free public programs and services in coordination with New York City’s local elected officials, community members, and non-profit partners.

About the Central Park Conservancy

The mission of the Central Park Conservancy is to restore, manage and enhance Central Park in partnership with the public, for the enjoyment of present and future generations. A private, notfor-profit organization founded in 1980, the Conservancy provides 85 percent of Central Park’s $46 million park-wide expense budget and is responsible for all basic care of the Park. For more information on the Conservancy, please visit centralparknyc.org.

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