JULY 27 - BLACK LIVES MATTER III
"March On" - Lakecia Benjamin and Soul Squad
Jazz, soul, and hip hop come together to champion the power of positivity.
"Georgia Buck" - The Carolina Chocolate Drops
A classic old-time, southern banjo song from these Grammy-winning legends.
"Peze Kafé" - Creole Choir of Cuba
The Creole Choir of Cuba celebrates the history of their Haitian ancestry with stories of survival, hope, and the desire for freedom.
"Clear House Suite: Black Girl Bullet" - Eisa Davis
A Sorrow Song filled with hope, from this award-winning actor, writer, and singer-songwriter.
JUNE 29 - GREAT COVERS
"These Days" - Red Room Orchestra (originally performed by Nico)
San Francisco's Red Room Orchestra reimagines this bittersweet and poignant tale of passing days. "
Jolene" - Amythyst Kiah (originally performed by Dolly Parton)
One of Dolly Parton's most-beloved songs, delivered by a powerful voice that will blow you away.
"Act Naturally" - Ham Rodeo (originally performed by Buck Owens)
Do you recognize this song that was famously covered by The Beatles? Hear it again, this time in the country style in which it was originally written.
JUNE 15 - BLACK LIVES MATTER II
"Underneath the Harlem Moon" - Rhiannon Giddens
We open with the MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient's homage to the sounds of the Jazz Age that reveal the truths of the changing cultural face of Black lives.
"DJ's Induction" - David Harris
The exhilarating New Orleans based trombone player delivers a rousing jazz tale of one man's journey to personal freedom.
"Mississippi Bottom" - Blind Boy Paxton
One of the finest bluesmen performing today, this virtuoso player makes a classic old-time song about the deep south relevant and real for contemporary times.
"Homeless" - Ladysmith Black Mambazo
The beloved and iconic South African group perform a stunning rendition of the timeless song they made famous with Paul Simon on the 1986 album, Graceland.
JUNE 8 - BLACK LIVES MATTER I
"Fancy Feet" - Liz Vice
With a timeless and spiritual sound born from her early days as a church singer, Liz Vice merges gospel, soul, and R&B with a powerful, authentic voice.
"Quasheba, Quasheba" - Allison Russell (with Rhiannon Giddens and Amythyst Kiah)
Upon discovering the name of her enslaved ancestor, Allison Russell wrote this poignantly beautiful song honoring Quasheba, and paying tribute to the incredible resilience and strength of generations past.
"Are We a Nation?" - Sweet Honey In The Rock®
This legendary a capella group, rooted in African American history and culture, sings about the state of the nation, democracy, justice, freedom, and our collective future.
MAY 25 - A Tribute To Frank Sinatra
"They Can't Take That Away From Me" - Sachal
A classic you'll want to sing along to. No, they can't take that away from you.
"That’s Life" - Angel Reda
A Sinatra standard and the ultimate ode to the spirit of resilience.
"You Make Me Feel So Young" - Lindsay Mendez and Marco Paguia
Put the spring back in your step with one of Sinatra's most beloved covers.
"Don't Worry 'Bout Me" & "Angel Eyes" - Marilyn Maye
A couple of songs about the power of love (even if it’s just in one direction).
MAY 18 - Blues, Folk, and Old-Time
Track One: "Jack of Diamonds" - Blind Boy Paxton
An old soul, transporting us back to a different time with his breathtaking fiddling.
Track Two: "Grinnin' In Your Face" - Amythyst Kiah
A deeply moving, hypnotic sound that stirs the soul and holds you spellbound.
Track Three: "Special Rider Blues" - Corey Harris
Acoustic Delta blues will enrapture and electrify.
Track Four: "Tipitina" - Henry Butler
Joyous, foot-tapping music of old New Orleans comes alive!
MAY 11 - Wall to Wall John Coltrane
Sit back and enjoy these recordings from our epic Wall to Wall John Coltane celebration.
"Lazy Bird" - James Francies / "Giant Steps" - Ben Williams / "Harmonique & Like Sonny" - Ben Allison Quartet / "Liberia" - Lakecia Benjamin and SoulSquad
APRIL 27 - From Africa to the Middle East
Track One: "Flower" - DOGO du Togo
Start your trip with a virtual flight to Togo for some rhythm-fueled West African folk music.
Track Two: "Jibiti" - Kaleta & Super Yamba Band
Continue your journey through West Africa (by way of NYC) with complex Afrobeat rhythms from these Brooklyn-based artists.
Track Three: "Ya Noudjoum Ellil" - Nassima
Next stop on your musical itinerary: the Arabic and Andalusian sounds of Algeria.
Track Four: "Hallelu" - Yemen Blues
The sounds of Yemeni and Hebrew melodies blend with jazz, blues, and funk influences at your final destination.
APRIL 20 - Swing on This!
Track One: "The Russian Lullaby" - Avalon Jazz Band
Get ready to swing out with this fierce and authentic NYC-based hot jazz quintet.
Track Two: "The Brain Cloud" - Outside Looking In
The sounds of the 20s and 30s come alive with a style that will have you up on your feet.
Track Three: "Douce Ambiance" - Stephane Wrembel With Thor Jensen
One of the greatest guitar players of this century, recapturing the spirit and passion of Django Reinhardt.
Track Four: "When I Grow Too Old to Dream" - David Harris
A great jazz standard with a modern twist, and a wailing trombone.
APRIL 13 - Carolina Chocolate Drops
The GRAMMY-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops recorded this joyful set live at Symphony Space. Enjoy a Monday sampling of what the Guardian calls "an appealing grab-bag of antique country, blues, jug band hits, and gospel hollers."
"Cornbread and Butter Beans" / "Snowden’s Jig" / "Two-Time Loser" / "Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind"
APRIL 6 - Female Singer/Songwriters
Track One: "Sou do Dado, Sou Fadista" - Ana Moura
Get transported to Portugal with Ana Moura, the world-renowned fado singer.
Track Two: "Los Peces" - Lhasa
The spirit of Mexican music gorgeously blends with diverse world music rhythms.
Track Three: "The Beauty of the Moon" - Ljova and the Kontraband
Imagine a beautiful Armenian night, under a bright and shining moon.
Track Four: "Polegnala e Todora" - Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares
Enjoy the magical chorus of powerful Bulgarian voices from this legendary group.
MARCH 30 - Woody's Children
Enjoy the blowout finale to our Woody’s Children 45th Anniversary Concert recorded on the Symphony Space stage back in 2014, featuring David Amram, Tom Chapin and The Chapin Sisters, Emma's Revolution, Christine Lavin, Holly Near, Tom Paxton, Noel Paul Stookey, Nora Guthrie, Doug Mishkin, Bob Sherman, Jon Cobert, and Michael Mark. Enjoy!
Track One: "Play That Slide Trombone" - Preservation Hall Jazz Band
We kick off the playlist with Preservation Hall Jazz Band in 2014. If you love this live version as much as we do, you can check out other fun renditions of this same song under the titles "Trombone Cholly" (performed by Bessie Smith) and "Charlie Green, Play That Slide Trombone" (performed by Jim Croce).
Track Two: "Sing Sing Čoček" - Slavic Soul Party
Slavic Soul Party has graced our stages several times with their joyful, upbeat, driving sound. This track was recorded in 2014. Warning: clear a dance space before you listen and prepare to shake it.
Track Three: "Tennessee Flat Top Box" - Alison Brown and Friends
GRAMMY winner Alison Brown performed at Wall to Wall Johnny Cash, back in 2015. This beautiful Cash cover tells a rags-to-riches story about a small town musician and his rise to fame.
Track Four: "How About You?" - Tony Danza
Tony Danza brought his crooning to our celebration of Frank Sinatra, also recorded at Symphony Space in 2015. If you are thinking ahead to how much you'll "like New York in June," this one is for you.