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JAZZ & CHIHULY: Songs of Protest & Reconciliation

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

Don’t miss this spectacular final event of JAZZ & CHIHULY at the New York Botanical Garden!

A stunning evening of iconic repertoire performed by an all-star ensemble assembled and led by award-winning pianist Damien Sneed with special guest Keyon Harrold on trumpet. Together, Sneed and this extraordinary ensemble will offer an unforgettable blend of jazz, soul, gospel, and contemporary music in a night of repertoire speaking to the challenges and hopes of our time: think Nina Simone's anthem I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free, Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge over Troubled Water or Stevie Wonder’s You Will Know.

Sneed is an acclaimed multi-genre artist with a breathtaking imagination and global reach who regularly performs with artists including Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, Lawrence Brownlee and Jessye Norman. Harrold has worked with artists including Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu, and most recently was featured as the trumpet sound of Miles Davis in the Grammy-Award winning soundtrack of 2016 biopic “Miles Ahead.”

Full lineup: 

Damien Sneed, piano & lead vocals 

Julius Rodriguez, hammond b3 organ 

John Matthew Clark, bass guitar 

Mark Clark, Jr, drums 

Chenee Campbell, vocals 

Anitra McKinney, vocals 

Djore Nance, vocals 

Tiffany Stevenson, vocals 

Matia Washington, vocals 

Keyon Harrold, trumpet 

Stacy Dillard, saxophone 

Corey Wilcox, trombone 

Ticket Pricing

Non-Member $45 / Member $40

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 Damien Sneed: Damien Sneed is a multi-genre recording artist and a 2014 recipient of the prestigious Sphinx Medal of Excellence honor, which is presented annually to emerging Black and Latino leaders in classical music, Sneed has also garnered attention in a wide range of other musical genres, including jazz, gospel, pop, R&B, opera and musical theatre. A pianist, organist, vocalist, conductor, composer, producer, arranger, and arts educator, Sneed has worked with legends such as Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis, Jessye Norman, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, and Ashford & Simpson, Wycliffe Gordon, and Eric Reed. An acclaimed artist with a global reach, Sneed has performed in Europe, Japan, the U.S. Virgin Islands, South America, Africa and the United States. He also has performed at historic national and international events, including the 2012 Olympics in London and activities related to the Inauguration of President Barack Obama.

About Keyon Harrold: Raised in the (now infamous) Ferguson, MO, Keyon Harrold has developed a reputation as one of the world’s most sought-after, emotionally electric young trumpeters on the scene. A graduate from the famous Mannes Jazz Program at the New School University, Keyon is an eclectic trumpeter/music producer/arranger/songwriter that who has been featured on nearly 100 albums ranging from jazz, R&B, pop, gospel, blues and hip hop. Keyon has toured and recorded with or produced for some of the world’s best artists and ensembles like Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Common, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill to name a few. He also has had numerous musical placements in film and TV including the Miles Davis Biopic “Miles Ahead” directed by Don Cheadle where he is featured as the trumpet sound of Don Cheadle playing Miles Davis. His next album will be released in early 2017

Photo credit:
Persian Pond and Fiori

Dale Chihuly, Persian Pond and Fiori, 2017, The New York Botanical Garden. © Chihuly Studio. Photograph by NYBG/Marlon Co.

Earlier Event: August 13
Pops & Piano
Later Event: August 19
Gershwin & Guthrie