Full Title: Jazz and Colors Paints Vibrant Strokes with the Music of Coltrane, Davis and More at the Met (via Village Voice)
“For those who feel like upgrading that rich experience of visiting a museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is offering just that on April 24. For Jazz & Colors: The Full Spectrum Edition, musicians, playing both by themselves and as ensembles, will perform a set of jazz classics in dispersed galleries throughout the Met. The event will feature two sets, one at 6 p.m., and another at 7:30, with songs stemming from the color palette and including “Blue Skies” by Irving Berlin, “Mood Indigo” by Duke Ellington (both at 6), “Blue Train” by John Coltrane and “Blue in Green” by Miles Davis and Bill Evans (at 7:30). The talent roster includes renowned saxophonist JD Allen and alt and guitar goddess Kaki King.
Jazz & Colors was conceived by Brooklyn Bowl’s Peter Shapiro, who organized its first several renditions in Central Park, with ensembles dispersed throughout its landscape, playing the same set but each with their own spin. As the Met starting looking for new, invigorating ways to bring in patrons and enliven the celebrated space, the idea to merge Jazz & Colors and the Met came to light, and Shapiro and the museum began collaborating. Jazz & Colors first popped up at the museum one cold, dark Friday night in January, and its success and the excitement for the concept guaranteed a sequel.“