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JAZZ & CHIHULY: The French Connection

  • New York Botanical Garden 2900 Southern Boulevard Bronx, NY, 10458 United States (map)

A high-energy and trans-atlantic world premiere led by American trumpet virtuoso Alphonso Horne and featuring new Parisian vocal sensation Camille Bertault.

Following Catskill Jazz Factory’s smashing sold-out French Connection series, this world premiere takes audiences on a journey that spans the vibrant energy of European swing through the wonders of French mélodie and chanson.

Traveling across four decades of music, swing to the hot jazz rhythms of Django Reinhardt and the playful melodies of French popular song. This unique concert draws from the works of Debussy, Ellington, and Porter, and the enchanting French Songbook of Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Serge Gainsbourg and others.

Ticket Pricing

Book Early and Save: 

Early Bird Package Pricing through April 23, 2017, including all three concerts: Non-Member $110 / Member $95

Individual and Package Pricing: 

Non-Member $45 / Member $40
Summer Concert Series package including all three concerts: Non-Member $120 / Member $105

Advance purchase recommended.

With the glass-domed Conservatory as the backdrop, this innovative series developed in collaboration with Absolutely Live Entertainment and New York Botanical Garden presents three themed evenings showcasing today’s dynamic jazz talent. Bring your blankets and low-back chairs and enjoy the best seat in the house on the scenic Conservatory Lawn. Before and after each concert, stroll among the CHIHULY artworks, glistening at dusk and mesmerizing when lit after the sun sets. Light fare and beverages are available for purchase. Get more information.

About Alphonso Horne: Trumpeter Alphonso Horne is a two-time Grammy nominated trumpeter named by Wynton Marsalis as one of the rising stars of the next generation. Horne has performed with many renowned jazz artists including Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, Michael Feinstein, and Rihanna. Horne has won many including awards the National Trumpet Competition and in the Aug, 2011 issue of JET Magazine, world-renowned trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis included Horne in a list of 16 young jazz musicians entitled, “Wynton’s Picks: Who’s Got Next.”

In the 2013-2014 season, Mr. Horne subbed for Wynton Marsalis in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and toured with the orchestra for the 2013 25th Anniversary Tour. Horne also performed on Broadway in the 17-piece orchestra for the show “After Midnight” featuring guest artists Fantasia Barrino, Dule Hill, K.D. Lang, Babyface, Toni Braxton and many more. Horne has performed as a member of the Count Basie Orchestra and premiered in the Tony-nominated Broadway show, “Shuffle Along” featuring Savion Glover, Audra McDonald and many more. Horne holds degrees from Florida State University (BM), and The Juilliard School (MM).

About Camille Bertault: Since being discovered via the social network (with more than 800,000 views and 30,000 followers on Facebook) where she sings the solos of the great jazz masters (such as her video of “Giant Steps” which instantly went viral), people have not stopped talking about rising vocalist Camille Bertault. While pursuing her diploma in classical piano at the conservatory, Bertault was also studying voice and theater at the same time. After graduating, she enrolled in the jazz department where she continued her studies in music theory, composition and improvisation.

Driven by a passion for writing and literary composition, Bertault wrote and published two musicals for the young audience before she began singing her own French lyrics and poetry on jazz standards and, finally, on her own compositions. Her album “En Vie” offers a beautiful assembly of her writings, arrangements, and compositions which was released by the New York label Sunnyside Records and distributed by Naïve in April, 2016.