Carnegie Hall Citywide

Five free concerts that tap into the pulse of the city

This season, Carnegie Hall Citywide presents five nights of genre-spanning music in July, featuring Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble, The Baylor Project, Squirrel Nut Zippers, The Broadway Simfonietta, and more TBA.

“For more than four decades, Carnegie Hall has partnered with community organizations in all five boroughs, offering free performances by renowned mainstage artists and rising musical stars in New York City neighborhoods, bringing together local residents and people from all over to share in great music,” said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director. “As part of this commitment to community, we are thrilled to return to Bryant Park this summer, presenting five fantastic concerts, kicking off next season’s Carnegie Hall Citywide series.”

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All shows begin at 7pm.

Friday, July 1: Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble

Program featuring highlights and hits from the Grammy-winning Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble, showcasing the principal musicians from the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and one of the newest members, Andrew Andron, on the piano.

Friday, July 8: The Baylor Project

What is “The Baylor Project?” A husband. A wife. An astonishing duo built on love, family, faith, culture and community. These are the things that power The Baylor Project, featuring Jean Baylor and Marcus Baylor. This enticing collaboration is steeped in the heart and soul of jazz. As the children of pastors, Marcus and Jean’s musical roots were planted deep within the church, and it was there that the road was paved for the influence of jazz, gospel, blues and soul to make its mark. Their debut album, The Journey, released on their own label, Be A Light, topped the Billboard Jazz Chart at Number 8 in 2017; and, a year later, they garnered two Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Traditional R&B Performance. Two years later during one of the most challenging years in recent history, The Baylors released their single, “Sit On Down,” in 2020, which earned a 3rd Grammy nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance, solidifying The Baylor Project as an undeniable force. Their second album, Generations, released in 2021, earned the duo its first NAACP Image Award win for Outstanding Jazz Album- Vocal and it’s 4th Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Generations, a cultural anthology rooted in everyday life experiences, became the #1 jazz vocal album on the JazzWeek radio charts and the standout song “We Swing (The Cypher)” was named among NPR Music’s 100 Best Songs of 2021.

Friday, July 15: Squirrel Nut Zippers

Squirrel Nut Zippers just released their new album Lost Songs of Doc Souchon as the follow up to the critically acclaimed Beasts of Burgundy. In it are ten brand new tracks, a combination of newly penned Zippers songs, along with a few tunes from long gone times. “This new album was inspired by all of the mysterious characters from the history of New Orleans jazz music,” commented band leader Jimbo Mathus. “It speaks to the hidden roots of where our aesthetic, interests and philosophy comes from. It pulls on the hidden thread.”

Friday, July 22: The Broadway Sinfonietta

The Broadway Sinfonietta, the acclaimed all women and majority women-of-color orchestra, makes its highly anticipated full orchestra live debut with a 25-piece orchestra, performing a program of Sinfonietta signatures such as “You’re Gonna Hear From Me,” hits from recent projects such as Ratatouille, and previews of their upcoming debut album, as well as brand new commissions and arrangements. With an orchestral twist spanning indie pop, classic Broadway, and contemporary musical theatre, the evening’s program will explore the idea of “finding your voice” — and what to do with it once you have. Led by a rotation of accomplished women guest conductors, the program will also feature a slate of Broadway guest vocalists to be announced.

Friday, July 29: TBA