On Saturday, August 13, the 10th annual Great Jazz on the Great Hill concert in Central Park celebrates the 90th birthday of jazz legend Jimmy Heath — this National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master will perform with his Big Band at Jazzmobile.
For ten years, the Central Park Conservancy has brought free music to the Upper West Side. Presented in partnership with Jazzmobile, this year’s lineup will include special guests Antonio Hart (tenor saxophone) and Jeb Patton (pianist); plus Billboard chart topper, R&B, Blues and Jazz vocalist Alyson Williams. Ms. Williams will also serve as the concert’s Emcee. WBGO FM host Sheila Anderson will introduce a tribute to Jimmy Heath, with even more special guests!
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A former band member of John Coltrane and Dizzy Gillespie, saxophonist Jimmy Heath penned songs for artists such as Miles Davis, Chet Baker, and Charlie Parker, among others. He is also a co-founder of Jazzmobile’s education and performance programs. Members of Heath’s Big Band include: Saxophones: Antonio Hart, Mark Gross, Bobby LaVell, Sam Dillon, Gary Smulyan; Trombones: John Mosca, Steve Davis, Jason Jackson, Douglas Purviance; Trumpets: Frank Greene, Michael Mossman, Greg Gisbert, Freddie Hendrix; and the Rhythm Section: Jeb Patton, piano, David Dong on Bass and Evan Sherman on drums.
Concert guests are encouraged to gather with friends and family to enjoy jazz standards and fun activities from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. And while the Great Hill is a perfect place for a picnic, food truck fare will be available for purchase from Domo Taco, DUB Pies, and Tony Dragon’s Grille, with refreshing treats sold by Andy’s Italian Ice and Cool Haus Gourmet Ice Cream Sandwiches.Great Jazz on the Great Hill is FREE, open to the public, and accessible by ramp. To find the Great Hill, enter Central Park at 106th Street and Central Park West. The concert is subject to change and weather permitting. For up-to-date information, please visit centralparknyc.org/GreatJazz
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