A sign of the times, present and past. Photo by Dorkys Ramos for the NEA.
It’s been a heavy spring so far, with troubling news around the world, the nation, and in our city. But the colorful blooms of spring are finally opening – crocuses, daffodils, forsythia, hellebores – and besides, it’s JazzApril. Why not celebrate, if you can?
“If I were celebrating JazzApril in the Village I’d do a tour of the great clubs there,” jazz critic Howard Mandel told Off the Grid. “The Village Vanguard, Small’s, Fat Cat, Cornelia Street, 55 Bar, the new Mezzrow, (le) Poisson Rouge, Arthur’s Tavern, and in the East Village, Drom and The Stone.
“I don’t know of any other place on earth where there’s so much music presented in such concentration,” said Mandel, president of the Jazz Journalists Association, which along with the Smithsonian and others, is promoting Jazz Appreciation Month.
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