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More Joyful Music On New York City Summer Nights and A Day Filled With Beauty

It seems that summertime in New York presents with more options for great jazz and music that is to my liking than at other times during the year.  This summer it is really the case for me.

As my frequency changes and intensifies ( along with everyone else’s on this planet!)  I’m  finding  that the literal vibration and energy of music I love is increasingly  exciting and moving to me.

For example, last weekend I so loved the musical creations of  the Vincent Herring Quartet appearing at The Kitano that I felt I couldn’t miss the opportunity to experience them again the next night!

The quartet was comprised of Vincent Herring on alto saxophone, David Williams on bass, Lewis Nash on drums and Mike  Ledonne on piano.  What I perceived  as unusual and excellent about this combination of musicians was the balance of mastery each player possessed on their own and especially in combination with the others.

Three out of the four players had worked together for years as a regular grouping with the legendary pianist Cedar Walton. After the first measure of the first piece of music on the first night they were completely entrained with each other.

When Vincent introduced one of the pieces he told us that the quartet had not had time to rehearse together. I never would have guessed that to be true from the subtly and nuance of each song. They were simply one of the very best combinations I’ve seen yet.

It was indeed a rare treat for me.

Last night, instead of writing this piece I was listening to a totally different kind of thrilling music.  I have always wanted to go to a Klezmer concert and early in the summer I noticed that the Jewish Museum was having a Klezmer group perform.

I was so excited to go but the tickets were completely sold out by July 4th. I persisted and called the museum. Even though I was first on the waiting list for tickets, I really didn’t think I’d get to the concert so I made plans with a friend to enjoy a Restaurant Week lunch and a visit to MOMA ( The Museum of Modern Art).

To my surprise I got the call from the Jewish Museum as soon as they opened in the morning.

So, Thursday was filled with a lovely luncheon with my  dear friend at the French Restaurant Benoit. Then we saw a Walker Evans photographic exhibit and a huge exhibit about the Swiss artist and architect Le Corbusier.

Both exhibits were really interesting and so filled with beauty that I felt saturated with visual stimulation after awhile.

I walked through Central Park from the bottom on Central Park South ( East 60th Street) up to the Jewish Museum located on Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street. Being in my beloved Central Park always grounds me and adds to my happiness.

Then I sat in the  first row in the auditorium to hear my first Klezmer music. I thought that the music would take the minor and bittersweet cadences of Jewish prayer and music and add joy to it.

That is exactly what I experienced with the very fine musicians of The Isle of Klezbos.  They played for almost two hours. Here is a sample of their music from U Tube. In this video the musicians are the same with the exception of the bass player . There was wide variation in the rhythms , the mood and complexion of the songs that were played.

Finally, here is a slide show of my two musical events, lunch at Benoit, the two exhibits at MOMA and one little picture of the construction Gibralter, by Alexander Calder that made my heart laugh.  Enjoy!

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Ode To Summer- Central Park In July

Just as the summer is ending and our glorious sunshine filled days are dwindling for now, I’d like to share with you the results of two enchanted walks in my favorite Central Park. www.centralparknyc.org.

The pictures start with scenes of lovely houses landscaped with flowers on the Upper East Side on my walk towards the Park.

Once in the park, we proceed on the Park Drive East, viewing 5th Avenue (also called Museum Mile in this neighborhood) and along the Bridle Path, next to the Reservoir. The non-residential buildings in the pictures are of course the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Guggenheim  Museum , www.guggenheim.org, The Cooper-Hewwit National Design Museum www.cooperhewitt.org, and the Jewish Museum www.thejewishmuseum.org.

In this series of pictures the emphasis is also on the fabulous bridges that are especially found on the bridle path that encircles the reservoir. You can tell which one is my very favorite as I have several shots of it, including one where the tree near it mimics the shape of the art nouveau bridge itself.

After the Bridges and around the Bridle path, the views continue from West Side buildings, back to the path down the East Side to the Storytelling corners and the toy boat lake.

Then we’re on to pictures of the East Side buildings.

Lastly there are shots from other days of the lake from the perspective of being on the West Side, looking towards the East.

I hope that you enjoy the slide show as much as I did sharing my views.

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