Jazzmobile Kicks Off Summerfest 2022

By Lil Nickelson

The weather god looked down favorably with fantastic weather to kick off Jazzmobile’s 2022 Summerfest season with their free outdoor concert season at Grant’s Tomb.

The event took place on Wednesday evening, July 6th and at Marcus Garvey Park on Friday evening, July 8th from 7pm to 8:30 pm.

At the start of each concert, Robin Bell-Stevens, Executive Producer of Jazzmobile Summerfest informed the audience that this season is dedicated to many of our jazz masters and jazz greats like Barry Harris and Jim Harrison and two dedicated volunteers, Ruby Valdez, and Madelyn Evelyn.

The Nat Adderley, Jr Quartet wowed the chair carrying attendees at Grant’s Tomb that were out in good numbers for the first night. Over the course of the evening, they delighted the crowd with a diverse repertoire of tunes that spanned multiple decades and genres from his uncle Cannonball Adderley to Burt Bacharach & Hal David to Stevie Wonder to the hits he collaborated on with Luther Vandross as his musical director. Nat chatted with the audience, and everyone could see that he was having a good time. It’s so obvious when you see a person that is following their passion, their energy lights up the atmosphere around them. The smile on Nat’s face said it all and the audience was groovy with the quartet. The dancers were strutting their stuff on one side and people were dancing in their seats, arms waving, toes tapping and hands clapping; we were jamming.


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The Nat Adderley, Jr Quartet wowed the chair-carrying attendees at Grant’s Tomb that were out in good numbers for the first night. Over the course of the evening, they delighted the crowd with a diverse repertoire of tunes that spanned multiple decades and genres from his uncle Cannonball Adderley to Burt Bacharach & Hal David to Stevie Wonder to the hits he collaborated on with Luther Vandross as his musical director. Nat chatted with the audience, and everyone could see that he was having a good time. It’s so obvious when you see a person that is following their passion, their energy lights up the atmosphere around them. The smile on Nat’s face said it all and the audience was groovy with the quartet. The dancers were strutting their stuff on one side and people were dancing in their seats, arms waving, toes tapping and hands clapping; we were jamming.

Black Music Appreciation, just like Black History unfolds not just in their designated months, but truly every day of every month that we exist. What a beautiful concert season Jazzmobile has in store for its jazz fans this year in NYC.

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Photo credits by Seitu Oronde

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