Jazz in the Park
A Quartet in Hipsterville

Chip Off the Ol' Block

Dsc04570The late Leonard Bernstein didn't invent the New York Philharmonic's Young People's Concerts, but by bringing them to a national TV audience, he made music lovers out of an entire generation of Americans. Of his three children, his daughter, Jamie, was always the closest to his showbiz sensibility. She has now taken up her Dsc04574father's mantle, acting as narrator of the Family Concert this past Saturday at Caramoor, up in the northern reaches of Westchester. The concert, part of a day long "Cavalcade" of music for both adults and the young, featured music from around Latin America, including Venezuelan Joropo, Brazilian Choro and Cuban Timba. As a special treat, the festival ensemble was joined by 15 year old Dsc04577pianist Samora Pinderhughes and his 12 year old flautist sister Elena in the world premiere of Samora's Cuban jazz piece for piano, flute, bass and percussion. The latter was performed by Rolando Morales-Matos, whose irrespressible smile lit up the tent of the Venetian Theater, just as it filled the second floor of J&R Music World last Saturday, where I saw him playing with Ron Carter.

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The concert ended with a participatory performance of "Oye como va," with everyone singing and shaking hundreds of sand-filled plastic eggs. I had a wonderful time, but the kids were really thrilled - especially those seeing a live onstage concert for the first time in their lives. Like my friend Chris' kids Katie and Julie, shown pictured here with their mother, Wendy. And so it begins....   

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