Kate McGarry Quartet, KJ Denhert, Howard Fishman at "Summer on the Hudson"


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Summer On the Hudson, one of New York City's largest free summer festivals, continues its eighth season with a summer of unique contemporary music events at Riverside Park South, including the Kate McGarry Quartet, KJ Denhert and Howard Fishman's Biting Fish Brass Band on its July 13-August 24 “Acoustic Sundays" series. Summer On The Hudson is an Annual Arts and Cultural Festival in Riverside Park South Presented by The New York City Department Of Parks & Recreation

Date: Sundays, July 13 to August 24
Event: Acoustic Sundays
Time: 7:00pm 9:00pm
Location: Pier I, Riverside Park South, Manhattan.

Description: Enjoy spectacular sunsets over the Hudson as you listen to some of New York's best jazz, R&B, and world music. Sponsored by Riverside South Properties.

JUL 13 :: Ernestidio Rodriguez y su conjunto tipico
JUL 20 :: Nation Beat
JUL 27 :: Pharaohs Daughter
AUG 03 :: Howard Fishman
AUG 10 :: Kate McGarry Quartet
AUG 17 :: KJ Denhert and the NY Unit
AUG 24 :: Los Soneros de Oriente Aug 3: Howard Fishman's Biting Fish Brass Band.

The Biting Fish Brass Band plays a classic Nola repertoire of spirituals, blues, gospel and funk. Tunes like “Liza Jane," “Bye and Bye," “Just a Closer Look" and “Tipitina" are mixed in with a few select originals and tasty surprises, all played in the second-line style and all suitable for ridiculous dancing. Howard Fishman, composer, guitarist and bandleader, has come to be recognized as one of today's most agile interpreters of the American songbook. Whether he is performing his own compositions or drawing on a seemingly endless repertoire of American popular music, it is all filtered through a sensibility and aesthetic entirely his own. Aug 10: Kate McGarry Quartet. Growing up in a large Irish Catholic family in Hyannis, Massachusetts, Kate and her nine siblings were surrounded by diverse musical influencesCeltic folk songs, The Mills Brothers, the Beatles, 70s funk and pop. From singing in family talent shows to hearing her first recordings of Bill Evans, Ella Fitzgerald and later Keith Jarrett, Kates ear for song opened to a wide universe of music. Kate is the first and only vocalist signed to Palmetto records. Now regarded as one of the most diverse talents in modern jazz, she has performed or recorded with such artists as Fred Hersch, Kurt Elling, Hank Jones, Clark Terry, Victor Lewis, Maria Schneider, Jason Robert Brown, and Luciana Souza; collaborated with Hersch and Elling, completed writing and recording 63 childrens songs with Keith Ganz for the Heinle Picture Dictionary; and will be heard on an upcoming Sunnyside release with the vocal group MOSS (with Peter Eldridge, Theo Bleckmann Lauren Kinhan, and Luciana Souza). A bold, brave adventurer, McGarry has, by opting for the musical road less traveled, placed herself firmly on the road to ever-widening critical and popular success" Jazz Times Aug 17: KJ Denhert and the NY Unit. With a genre-transcending sound blending urban folk, jazz, funk, R&B and neo-soul, award-winning, New York City-bred and based singer-songwriter and master guitarist KJ Denhert has amassed a loyal following through her series of acclaimed self-released albums and explosive live shows. Her powerful voice, lyrics full of intelligent insight, and musicianship are impeccable.

Summer On the Hudson features a diverse mix of events happening at Riverside Park South from West 59th Street to West 72nd Street: music concerts, dance performances, movies, world music DJ dance parties, children and family programs, special events, and wellness & recreation programs, all presented FREE to the public. Food and drink is for sale at the park's Pier 1 Cafe.

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