JAZZ & CHIHULY: Birth of Jazz: Celebrating the First 100 Years

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

A Centennial Tribute to the first recording and the international roots of Jazz led by powerhouse Latin jazz trombonist Chris Washburne.

Celebrating the first 100 years of jazz, this stunning all-star retrospective explores the music’s international roots and influences from traditional folk songs to early American jazz pioneers such as Scott Joplin, WC Handy, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith and beyond.

This cross-contemporary and cross-cultural extravaganza features a galaxy of jazz stars including the brilliant young vocalists Brianna Thomas and Vuyo Sotashe, trumpeters Dominick Farinacci and Linda Briceño, master clarinetist Evan Christopher, pianists Dan Tepfer and André Mehmari, Barry Stephenson on bass and Vince Cherico on drums.

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 Chris Washburne: Chris Washburne is one of those rare musicians whose musical activities cross many styles and cultural borders. From early in his career he refused to be pigeon-holed as just being a jazz or classical player, but instead has continually pursued a diverse path. Chris is currently Associate Professor of Music and Found Director of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program at Columbia University in New York. He also tours extensively with various groups and has concertized throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, Central America and the Caribbean.

Chris has published numerous articles on jazz, Latin jazz, and salsa. He is author of the book “Sounding Salsa: Performing Latin Music in New York” (2008) and editor of the book “Bad Music” (2004). He has performed with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Justin Timberlake, Celia Cruz, Ruben Blades, Marc Anthony, Celine Dion, Anthony Braxton, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the Bang On A Can All-stars, David Byrne, Bjork, Muhal Richard Abrams, Gloria Estefan, They Might Be Giants, among many others. He leads his own highly acclaimed groups SYOTOS and NYNDK and is a member of FFEAR (Forum for Electro-Acoustic Research).

About André Mehmari: André Mehmari is considered one of the most talented young musicians of his native Brazil. His activities as pianist, composer, arranger and instrumentalist are highly regarded both in popular and classical music. As his compositions and arrangements have been performed by important Brazilian orchestras (OSESP) and chamber ensembles (São Paulo String Quartet), his career in jazz and Brazilian popular music has also attained wide attention as he has gained wide recognition for his music in jazz festivals and concerts.