COUNTDOWN TO NYE
TIMES SQUARE JAZZ
presented with MTA Music Under New York
Thursdays from 5-8pm, in August and September
Broadway Plaza between 42nd and 43rd Streets
Take a break with this FREE outdoor concert series. Concerts in September featured musicians from the MTA’s Music Under New York program (MUNY) who brought their talents usually heard underground, above ground. End your Thursday on a good note and grab a drink or a bite to eat while enjoying the sweet, swinging sounds and smooth rhythms of New York City's jazz bands.
Check back next spring for more free concerts featuring the city's incredible talent!
Underground Horns is a Brooklyn based brass band playing Afro Funk Latin New Orleans grooves and beyond. AllAboutJazz called their 2009 debut record FUNK MONK "kick-ass dance music…that brushes up against psychedelia…with shots of funky brass juice." Underground Horns performed internationally in Brazil, Egypt and Germany, stateside at the Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival, New York City Winter Jazz Festival, Dizzy's (Jazz at Lincoln Center) and various Jam Band Festivals, sharing the bill with Rebirth Brass Band, Big Sam's Funky Nation and B.B. King.
The Ladybugs' music features the dreamy, dulcet tones of voices and trombones. Lead by Martina DaSilva, their unique instrumentation of two lead singers (both doubling in percussion and ukulele), two trombone players, guitar, and bass allows for a lush sound that uplifts and attracts all audiences. The Ladybugs’ repertoire includes favorites from the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s, infused with country, blues, latin, and classical music. The band has received high praise for recent performances at the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the New York Hot Jazz Festival, the New York City Winter Jazzfest, and the Catskill Jazz Factory. With an uplifting sound that attracts all audiences, The Ladybugs effortlessly keep listeners smiling and moving. In September 2015, The Ladybugs released their debut self-titled album to rave reviews.
Drew Anderson Quartet
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Drew Anderson began playing the trumpet at the age of six. He has studied with several professional jazz trumpet players including Quincy Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Cecil Bridgewater, Jimmy Owens, Marcus Printup, and Charles Tolliver, and was selected to participate in the Jazz at Lincoln Center inaugural Summer Jazz Academy. Currently, a third-year student at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and a freelance musician in New York City, Anderson has appeared with the artist Solange, and has performed at the Guggenheim Museum, Panorama Festival, AfroPunk, Dave Chapelle’s Radio City Music Live, and Jay-Z’s Made in America Festival. Additionally, Anderson has also appeared with industry professionals Reggie Workman, the Abyssinian Baptist Church Mass Choir Concert, Omar Hakim, Rachel Z, and Candido de Guerra Camero.
Formed in 2002 by tenor saxophonist Yasuyuki “Yaz” Takagi, Yaz Band is a four piece group which plays classic R&B songs written by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, and Marvin Gaye as well as original instrumental tunes influenced by the music of Grover Washington, Jr., Maceo Parker, and The Crusaders. Yaz Band has performed in Seoul, Korea, and in cities throughout the US. The group’s discography includes Horizon (2015), All For Love: Best of YAZ BAND (2012), and You Can’t Say It In Public (2011). Yaz Takagi’s performances have included appearances at Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Festival, Minton's Playhouse, and the Apollo Theater.
About Music Under New York (MTA MUSIC)
Through Music Under New York, more than 350 individual performers and ensembles participate in more than 7,500 performances in approximately 30 locations throughout the transit system annually. A variety of performers entertain the public, such as classical strings, jazz ensembles, world music bands, folk, a cappella groups, singer-songwriters and more, playing instruments ranging from Gambian kora, Korean drum, West Indian steel drums, Andean pipes, cello, Celtic and baroque harps to guitars, violins, hammered dulcimers and musical saws.
August performances of Times Square Jazz
presented by Make Music New York
curated by Petrit Pula:
Jochen Rueckert Quartet
The New York City based Jochen Rueckert Quartet features German-born drummer Jochen Rueckert, Gilad Hekselman (guitar), Jerome Sabbagh (tenor saxophone), and Orlando LeFleming (bass). The quartet performs Jochen's compositions that contain optimistically swinging sections rich with chords, sprinkled with the occasional 3/8 bar. His quartet has been touring for over seven years. Jochen spent twelve years as part of the Marc Copland Trio, and has also been seen with the Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet, Nils Wogram's Root 70, and the Melissa Aldana Trio.
Baby Soda Jazz Band
Baby Soda is an adaptable and ever changing group with an eclectic set of influences ranging from 30’s era swing and New Orleans jazz to early gospel and blues. Playing trumpet, trombone, clarinet, banjo, the unique one string box bass and low boy, the band has performed at some of New York's finest venues, breathing the spirit and joy of the music into the present.
Wayne Tucker is a 31 year old Trumpet player, Composer, Arranger and Vocalist based in New York City. He is a 2009 graduate of the Jazz Studies program at SUNY Purchase under the direction of Todd Coolman. Wayne has played and recorded with many of today's current Jazz stars including Kurt Elling, Al Foster, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Cyrille Aimee, Pop stars like Taylor Swift, David Crosby, Elvis Costello, Matt Simons and Eric Hutchinson, and with Hip Hop artists such as Ne-Yo and Jidenna. He has performed at some of the world’s greatest venues including Madison Square Garden, The Hollywood Bowl, Avery Fisher Hall, The Apollo Theatre, The Ravinia Festival and The Kennedy Center. He has played for TV shows like The Tonight Show, America’s Got Talent, Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen DeGeneres, The Today Show and Good Morning America, and appeared in commercials for companies like Dove, SAP and Get Your Guide. Additionally, he wrote the soundtrack and co-stars in the new film Hotel Bleu alongside longtime Broadway star Julie Halston. Wayne has also performed at clubs and festivals all over the world in places like Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Israel, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, The Dominican Republic, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Haiti and Colombia. He was a participant in the 2009 & 2011 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program, 2009 National Trumpet Competition, 2009 & 2011 Steans Institute, 2005 New York All-State Jazz Orchestra and more. Wayne can be seen performing in New York City, and around the world with many of today's current and up and coming stars.
About Make Music New York
Make Music New York celebrates the talents and passions of local NYC musicians, activates NYC's shared, outdoor social spaces and unites communities in the celebration of live music. Our flagship program is held annually on June 21st, the summer solstice and longest day of the year. Over the past eleven years, it has grown to become the city's largest free, one-day music festival, featuring over 5,000 performers in 1,000+ concerts from 400+ locations across all five boroughs.