Blue Note Jazz Festival 2022: Robert Glasper, George Clinton, Kenny G
Blue Note New York has announced the 11th annual Sony Presents Blue Note Jazz Festival. The festival kicks off June 1 with a free show in Washington Square Park headlined by Robert Glasper – who performed at the Oscars on Sunday night – in association with the Washington Square Park Conservancy.
Taking place at major New York City venues including Blue Note New York, Sony Hall, The Town Hall and SummerStage in Central Park, this year’s festival features performances by George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Chris Botti, Charles Lloyd, Macy Gray, Kenny G, Jason Moran, Al Di Meola, Madeleine Peyroux, Dave Holland & Kenny Barron, Robert Cray, Kenny Garrett, José James, Chief Adjuah (formerly Christian Scott), Bilal, DOMi & JD Beck , Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, Theo Croker and so many other legends, with a major headlining announcement on April 26th.
The European Sounds series also returns to the Blue Note Jazz Festival this summer, with weekend brunch shows at Blue Note New York, featuring international artists representing Switzerland, Estonia, Romania, Spain, France, Poland, Austria, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Finland. . The series will begin with Grégoire Maret and Romain Collin. The European Sounds series is presented in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations.
“Music is an integral part of what makes Washington Square Park so special,” says WSPC Deputy Director Sheryl Woodruff. “Generations of New Yorkers have flocked to the park to listen and play. We’re incredibly thrilled to be partnering with a beloved Village institution like the Blue Note for this can’t-miss concert. And there’s no better headline artist than Robert Glasper, who spent his formative years in that same community. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our 10th anniversary than to help bring Jazz Fest to Washington Square Park!
Blue Note’s Steven Bensusan says, “The Greenwich Village Jazz Festival played a big role in my growing up in New York, not just for me but for many New Yorkers. Bringing jazz music back to Washington Square Park after so many years as Blue Note Jazz Festival is an honor, I look forward to a renewed partnership with the Washington Square Park Conservancy and to presenting Robert Glasper together at this historic venue.
Added Alex Kurland of Blue Note, “This year’s Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York City showcases an unparalleled range and depth of artistry and musical integrity. We are thrilled and proud to showcase a diverse lineup of artists in different settings and locations showcasing the most established, iconic and influential artists as well as the next generation of cutting edge progressive artists from Washington Square Park, Central Park to Blue Note Jazz Club in Greenwich Village and more. We are once again grateful to bring a tasteful, city-wide music festival to the culture of New York.