Live Jazz at the Met


By May Zhee Lim, Markets Media Life Correspondent

There’s nothing quite like the pairing of fine arts and live jazz. Jazz & Colors, a series of free concerts held in Central Park during the fall, will head indoors and entertain art lovers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art tomorrow. Free with museum admission, the Masterworks Edition has two hour-long sets of music beginning at 6 and 7.30pm respectively, with a 30-minute intermission in between.

ETHEL-Photo by Erin Patrice O'Brien.

ETHEL-Photo by Erin Patrice O’Brien.


More than a dozen jazz ensembles will perform simultaneously in galleries throughout the museum, giving visitors a chance to explore the different world-renowned wings at the Met. It would also allow for interesting combinations of masterpieces and music, depending on how familiar you are with the galleries and songs on the set list. With jazz standards by Cole Porter, Miles Davis, Alice Coltrane, and the likes on the program, there’ll be no shortage of tunes to choose from.

Brandee Younger-Erin Patrice O'Brien.

Brandee Younger. Photo by Erin Patrice O’Brien.


Bands set to perform at the Masterworks Edition range from smaller combos like the Matt Mitchell/Ches Smith Duo and Mino Cinelu’s World Jazz Trio to bigger ensembles like The Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra, performing under the direction of Vincent Gardner. They are placed in galleries that are most appropriate to their sounds and styles, and where they’re most likely to produce the best combinations of masterpieces from both forms. Founder Peter Shapiro hopes that the jazz pieces will “give new life to the Met’s stunning collection, demonstrating the fundamental power of jazz.”

For updates and more information, visit www.jazzandcolors.com or www.metmuseum.org/tickets

Featured photo of Jenny Scheinman by Joshua Black Wilkins

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