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.