NY Hot Jazz Fest Goes to Central Park (SummerStage, Jul 1, FREE)

[FREE Non-Ticketed Show] VINCE GIORDANO & THE NIGHTHAWKS *** CATHERINE RUSSELL *** STEPHANE WREMBEL *** TATIANA EVA-MARIE & THE AVALON JAZZ BAND *** AURORA NEALAND & THE ROYAL ROSES *** KAT EDMONSON *** NICOLLE ROCHELLE *** DEWITT FLEMING JR *** NATALIE DESSEY & MORE!

"US - France: A Centennial Voyage"

aka "The Bridge"
www.NYHotJazzFest.com
Central Park SummerStage - Enter the Park on 69nd St & 5th Avenue
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On Saturday, July 1st, join us for an epic New York and Parisian hot jazz, swing, & ragtime celebration which will take us on a musical journey from Storyville and Harlem to Montmartre, from the Jazz Age through the Swing Era, and from James Reese Europe and the Harlem Hellfighters to the Zazous in commemoration of the centennial of America’s joining France in WWI, the resulting bond and cross-pollination of our cultures, as well as the centennial of recorded jazz which ushered in the arrival of the the Jazz Age.

LIVE MUSIC BY:
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*Grammy-winner Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
with special guests Grammy-winner Catherine Russell, Kat Edmonson, Nicolle Rochelle as Josephine Baker, & tap dance wizzard DeWitte Fleming Jr.
"From Harlem To Montmartre: The Jazz Age Voyage"
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* Tatiana Eva Marie & Avalon Jazz Band
with special guest Stephane Wrembel
"Do You Zazou? - The Swing Kids Of Wartime Paris"
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* Aurora Nealand Music & The Royal Roses
"Sidney Bechet: The Paris Years"
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*and pre-opening by Jean-Christophe Spinosi's Ensemble Matheus
with special guest Natalie Dessay - Page fan officielle

Gates open at 5pm, and pre-opening show starts immediately. This is a free concert setup at SummerStage. There are bleacher seats available for general admission on a first-come basis. Or bring a blanket and make yourself comfortable on a large flat artificial turf surface in front of the stage. And don't forget your street-capable dancing shoes!

This is a large-capacity event, so you're welcome to share this invite widely!
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MORE INFO: http://www.nyhotjazzfest.com
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"US - FRANCE: A CENTENNIAL VOYAGE"
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One hundred years ago, jazz emerged out of New Orleans at precisely the same moment that America and France joined together in a new spirit of cooperation to face a common foe. On February 26th,1917, a band from New Orleans made the first ever jazz recording at the Victor Talking Machine Company studios in Manhattan. The record was an immediate sensation; it sold a million copies and heralded the beginning of The Jazz Age. Less than five weeks later on April 5th, just as this first jazz record was taking the country by storm, Congress declared war on Germany, resolving to fight alongside France and the Allied Nations in the first World War.

The birth of jazz and the long friendship between America and France, and the cultural cross-pollination resulting from that friendship (specifically between the two world wars), will be celebrated in an evening of music, song, and dance at Central Park SummerStage on Saturday, July 1st. This five-hour mini-fest titled “US - France: A Centennial Voyage” (alternatively titled “The Bridge”) is co-presented by the New York Hot Jazz Festival, SummerStage, French Mission du Centenaire of WWI, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. Join us as four exciting bands, plus guest star vocalists and dancers celebrate the amazing legacy and the historic musical voyage that spans the distance from Storyville and Harlem to Montmartre.

The music soon began spreading across the ocean, most famously with the all African-American 369th U.S. Infantry Regiment, who were called the “Harlem Hellfighters” by the French for their unparalleled bravery on the battlefields of Europe. The regimental band was led by Lt. James Reese Europe, a luminary of the Harlem Renaissance, who started a craze in Paris with his jazzed-up form of ragtime which quickly evolved into jazz. As future composer and bandleader Noble Sissle (then a young soldier in the Hellfighters’ regiment) remarked, “the jazz germ hit France and it spread everywhere.” After the war, many musicians, as well as dancers, and other entertainers, returned, settled, and delighted cabarets and club audiences in Paris’ Lower Montmartre, which became known as Black Montmartre. Black American musicians were drawn to France not only for the ability to work and the notoriety they gained overseas, but also for the freedom they enjoyed living in France, which, for many stood in stark contrast to the Jim Crow rule of law in the States. As a result, France became jazz’s home away from home, and major African-American artists enjoyed long sojourns there, most notably Sidney Bechet, Noble Sissle, Coleman Hawkins, and Benny Carter, all in the 1920s and ‘30s. (In the same period, Louis Armstrong, Rex Stewart, Dicky Wells, and even a very young Dizzy Gillespie also all toured through Paris.) American songwriters like Cole Porter who created La Revue Des Ambassadeurs found a home in France as well. In the early ‘30s, the Jazz Age gave way to the Swing Era and jazz in France took on a decidedly French twist, as Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli formed Quintette du Hot Club De France. Then came another great war and as a form of rebellion and resistance a subset of the French youth, or Zazou’s as they were called adopted a swing identity as a form of rebellion and resistance sprung up. And once again, the US and France stood shoulder to shoulder to defeat a common foe.

READ MORE HERE: http://www.nyhotjazzfest.com
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Co-presented by SummerStage, French Mission du Centenaire of WWI, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and The New York Hot Jazz Festival [Hot Jazz Productions],

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