There are always musicians in Central Park, but today there many more than usual thanks to a brand new festival called Jazz and Colors. There were 30 jazz bands in 30 locations all playing the same set list from noon—4pm, with an hour-long intermission.
I arrived shortly after the second set had started and after entering the park at East 84th Street stumbled upon the Roy Campbell Tazz Quartet behind the Metropolitan Museum . The music was so good that my toddler was willing to stay in his stroller and listen to it. I can think of no greater compliment to these musicians than that they were able to mesmerize a very active two-year-old in the park! I had planned to try to visit other musicians — they gave out maps and I could tell that some people were musician-hopping — but I was mesmerized too.
Central Park has festivals and events all the time, and as a lifelong New Yorker I’ve been to countless of them. This just may be my favorite one and I hope they do it again next year — when there will probably be better fall foliage. The Jazz part of the Jazz and Colors was far superior to the Colors part because Hurricane Sandy downed several trees and eliminated many of the leaves of the trees that were lucky enough to survive. But Central Park was beautiful as always even if it’s not a banner leaf year.