The Jazzmobile comes to Newark

The Jazzmobile comes to Newark
What better way to spend a hot summer evening than packing a picnic basket, grabbing a lawn chair and heading to the park for some free, public music? The Jazzmobile continues its summer series in the city tonight at Monteith Avenue, between 6th and 7th Streets in the North Ward.

Jazzmobile is known for its free summer mobile concerts across New York City’s five boroughs. May saw first-hand how the music changed the lives of the youngsters it touched in these summer concerts. Concerned about the shootings in Newark, May pushed for a Jazzmobile series there.

Although May passed away suddenly in January of this year, his dream continues. Jazzmobile, his widow, Lee May, the Rev. Bill Howard (senior pastor of Bethany Church) and the City of Newark have joined forces to present ten concerts this summer in Newark. Latin jazz great Ray Mantilla, the Winard Harper Quintet, the Houston Person Quartet, Barry Harris, the Earl May Legacy Band, Antoinette Montague, the Lyle Atkinson Quintet and the John Lee Quintet will be some of the performers for the concert series, which runs through August 27.

Read the full press release after the jump.

JAZZMOBILEJAZZES UP’ NEWARK

Famed Harlem Institution Migrates to Newark with
“Jazz It Up” Summer Concert Series, Part of its 45th Summer Festival

Jazzmobile brings its musical magic to the neighborhoods of Newark Thursday as it kicks off “Jazzmobile: Jazz It Up in Newark,” with a 6 p.m. performance by the Winard Harper Quintet at Lincoln Park in Central Ward. The launch of the summer series, part of Jazzmobile’s 45th Summer Festival, was inspired by the late jazz bassist Earl May. The Festival is made possible in part by JPMorgan Chase.

May was a part of the Billy Taylor Trio, named for the legend who co-founded and serves as chairman emeritus of the nation’s first not-for-profit jazz education and performance organization. Jazzmobile is known for its free summer mobile concerts across New York City’s five boroughs. May saw first-hand how the music changed the lives of the youngsters it touched in these summer concerts. Concerned about the shootings in Newark, May pushed for a Jazzmobile series there.

Although May passed away suddenly in January of this year, his dream continues. Jazzmobile, his widow, Lee May, the Rev. Bill Howard (senior pastor of Bethany Church) and the City of Newark have joined forces to present ten concerts this summer in Newark. Latin jazz great Ray Mantilla, the Winard Harper Quintet, the Houston Person Quartet, Barry Harris, the Earl May Legacy Band, Antoinette Montague, the Lyle Atkinson Quintet and the John Lee Quintet will be some of the performers for the concert series, which runs through August 27.

“Earl May was a longtime family friend, and Jazzmobile is honored that our 45 years of presenting quality free concerts continues to inspire others,” said Robin Bell-Stevens, President & CEO of Jazzmobile. “We hope this collaboration with the City of Newark is the beginning of many years of working together in presenting both jazz education programs and concerts, and our thanks to the citizens of Newark for welcoming us into their neighborhoods!”

“Earl would have been so excited to see this day become a reality,” said his widow, Lee May. “This is going to change lives.”

For more information on Jazzmobile’s Summer Festival of nearly 60 concerts throughout New York City, Mount Vernon and Newark, go to http://www.jazzmobile.org or call 212-866-3616. All performances are weather permitting and subject to change.

Grab your cooler, lawn chair or blanket and get ready for a jubilee of jazz as we kick summer into high gear.

About Jazzmobile, Inc:

Jazzmobile, Inc., the oldest not–for-profit arts organization in the United States created just for jazz, was founded in 1964 by jazz master Dr. Billy Taylor and Daphne Arnstein. Its mission is to present, preserve, promote and propagate jazz -– “America ’s classical music.” This mission is implemented through quality jazz education and performance programs: workshops, master classes, lecture demonstrations, arts enrichment programs, as well as performances in clubs and major concert halls here and abroad. Nationally and internationally, Jazzmobile is well known and highly respected for its success in pioneering jazz education programs and the concept of presenting out-of-doors mobile jazz performances. Through these program offerings, Jazzmobile serves a quarter of a million people in New York City and its outlying areas each year and continues to serve as a model for similar jazz programs, organizations and projects. For more information on Jazzmobile, Inc. log onto http://www.jazzmobile.org.

Author: Ken Walker

Husband, Father, Newarker, PCA Elder, Business Analyst. In a glass case of emotion since 1978.

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