Lunchtime Concerts Kick Off September 15 in Lower Manhattan
The Alliance for Downtown New York, Lower Manhattan’s nonprofit business improvement district, kicks off a free lunchtime concert series on September 15 that will bring six weeks of scintillating sounds to the plazas at 28 Liberty, 140 Broadway and the World Trade Center site.
The series expands on the Alliance’s recent Art Is All Around campaign, which featured public art that can be enjoyed throughout the neighborhood. Each Thursday the performances will run from 12-2pm and feature music programmed by esteemed New York musician Matt Munisteri. The series seeks to capture the neighborhood’s energy and delight the lunchtime crowd with music provided by a mix of jazz, soul and New Orleans sounds as well as a world-renowned Son cubano ensemble.
“Walking through Lower Manhattan feels like a free, open-air museum,” said Downtown Alliance President Jessica Lappin. “We’re excited to add a lively soundtrack to our plazas and pavilions. Our hope is that these performances can inspire and brighten the day of those who stop to take a listen.”
2022 Art Is All Around Performance Schedule:
Sept. 15 — Tamar Korn and Dennis Lichtman @ 28 Liberty’s Fosun Plaza
Sept. 29 — The EarRegulars featuring Mike Davis @ WTC’s North Oculus Plaza
Oct. 6 — Aurora Nealand and The Royal Roses (North!) @ WTC’s North Oculus Plaza
Oct. 13 — The Traveling Guitars of Brad Brose and Albanie Falletta @ 28 Liberty’s Fosun Plaza
Oct. 20 — The Sean Mason Quartet @ 140 Broadway
Oct. 27 — Los Soneros de Oriente @ 140 Broadway
Tamar Korn and Dennis Lichtman – September 15 @ 28 Liberty’s Fosun Plaza
Tamar Korn and Dennis Lichtman have been pivotal members of New York’s percolating swing music scene for well over a decade. Dennis is a compelling multi-instrumentalist who’s a virtuoso in Jazz, Bluegrass and Western Swing: Tamar inhabits a song with every part of her being, and given that she’s as likely to break into a dance during a song as she is to recite visionary poetry, the term “vocalist” really sells her short! Dennis and Tamar create a vision of early-to-mid 20th century American music that shimmers with all the vibrant and shifting currents of 21st century New York City.
Los Soneros de Oriente – September 22 @ 140 Broadway
From nightclubs in The Bronx to Gracie Mansion and The Kennedy Center – and for more decades that anyone can agree on – Los Soneros de Oriente has kept the spirit of the “Son cubano” alive in New York City and beyond. They can trace their lineage back to a member of the Sexteto Habanero, the legendary Cuban band who first brought this music of Spanish and African origin to prominence when they recorded for RCA in the 1920’s! Taking their name from the eastern highland region of Cuba that birthed the Son tradition, the nine members of Los Soneros de Oriente have a devoted following of dancers and listeners through their authentic blend of son, boleros, guaracha, rumba and Cuban salsa.
The EarRegulars featuring Mike Davis – September 29 @ The Oculus
For over 15 years the “(T)Rad Jazz” group The EarRegulars have had a steady gig at a fabled downtown watering hole, from which they’ve taken their name. Every Sunday night is a scene where visiting jazz musicians, fans, and students of the music all know they will get to hear exciting collective improvisation played by the most creative musicians practicing the art form. This performance will feature the young firebrand trumpeter Mike Davis, so wherever the music starts, you can be assured it’ll be somewhere else by the time it arrives!
Aurora Nealand and The Royal Roses (North!) – October 6 @ The Oculus
Saxophonist, singer and composer Aurora Nealand arrived in New Orleans nearly 20 years ago with a background in classical composition and theater, and has since managed to excel as improvisor, performance artist and gut-bucket New Orleans musician. Aurora has assembled a crack NYC-based version of The Royal Roses, the band that serves as her homage to the bluesy swagger of New Orleans pioneers like Sidney Bechet.
The Traveling Guitars of Brad Brose and Albanie Falletta – October 13 @ 28 Liberty’s Fosun Plaza
Guitarist/banjoist Brad Brose originally hails from Los Angeles, but has become a true citizen of the world, as he moved between Paris, Montreal, Brussels, Berlin, Brooklyn taking advantage of opportunities to work with European masters of Gypsy Jazz guitar everywhere he went. Likewise, the excellent guitarist and Texas native Albanie Falletta had just decamped from New Orleans to Brooklyn in the Fall of 2019, but Covid sent her on an odyssey across America, playing music wherever she’d land. Both guitarists share an affinity for the great guitarist Django Reinhardt, but while Albanie is also anchored by blues and ragtime,, Brad is liable to switch from a gypsy waltz to a Trinidadian calypso. Together they are a rare combination.
The Sean Mason Quartet – October 20 @ 140 Broadway
Although he’s a recent graduate of the Juilliard School, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that’s heard him that pianist Sean Mason originally taught himself to play by ear; from Gospel to Soul and R&B. He’s already toured with jazz icons like Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis and Herlin Riley, who picked up on his unique ability to seamlessly access different eras and idioms in his improvisations. Sean’s a musician who can effortlessly shift from 1930’s stride piano into tomorrow.
The Alliance for Downtown New York extends great thanks to JLL (140 Broadway), Fosun International (28 Liberty’s Fosun Plaza) and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (World Trade Center’s North Oculus Plaza) for extending use of their properties to host these performances.