Midday Jazz Midtown is a series produced by Ronny Whyte in partnership with Midtown Arts Common. Concerts are 1 hour long, and held on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. at Saint Peter's Church. A $10 donation is requested. (Barry Harris trio pictured above, at the April 29 concert.)
Wednesday, May 27, 1:00 p.m.
Amy London / Roni Ben Hur / Santi Debriano
Amy London is known and loved in New York City jazz and Broadway circles for her effortless sound, impeccable musicianship and depth of emotion. Gary Giddins called Roni Ben-Hur "a limber and inventive guitarist…who knows the changes and his own mind." Bassist Santi Debriano has worked with Don Pullen, Pharoah Sanders, Hank Jones, Cecil Taylor, and Freddie Hubbard among many others.
Wednesday, June 3, 1:00 p.m.
Bucky Pizzarelli & Ed Laub, guitars
For jazz fans, legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli needs no introduction. He started his career in 1944 and continues to wow audiences with his sophisticated and energetic style. "Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub are a natural duet – beautiful swing feeling and tradition wrapped with humor, romance and joy." – Spike Wilner, Owner of Smalls Jazz Club NYC
Wednesday, June 10, 1:00 p.m.
David Chamberlain's Band of Bones
"Every fourth blue moon somebody creates a sound that demands attention. Such is the case with Dave Chamberlain's 'Band of Bones'… With eight trombones and a sensational rhythm section, 'Band of Bones' is both percussive, rhythmic, and just plain fun!" – Doug McIntyre, Host, Red Eye Radio, 77 WABC, NYC
Wednesday, June 17, 1:00 p.m.
Sheila Jordan with Cameron Brown
"As emotionally powerful and as musically adventurous as any vocalist who has ever sung jazz, Jordan sounds like no other singer, and very few horn players challenge themselves the way she does." – Larry Kart, Chicago Tribune
Wednesday, June 24, 1:00 p.m.
Aaron Weinstein & Matt Munisteri
Called "the Groucho of the violin" by Tony Bennett and "a perfect musician" by jazz guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli (see above!), Aaron Weinstein "is rapidly establishing himself as one of his instrument's rare jazz masters." (Don Heckman, International Review of Music). The New Yorkercalls Matt Munisteri "a present day ironist with a prewar (first world war that is) heart."