Anat Cohen and Blind Boy Paxton at New York Hot Jazz Festival All-Stars

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The Israeli clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. The Jazz Journalists Association has voted Anat as Clarinetist of the Year eight years in a row, and she has topped both the Critics and Readers Polls in the clarinet category in DownBeat magazine every year since 2011.

'Blind Boy' Jerron Paxton is a rising blues star who comes from a family of "old Cajun Jews," and honors his Jewish roots. He may be the only blues singer who dons a skullcap and cooks kosher soul food. Only in his 20s, he has earned a reputation for transporting audiences back to the 1920's and making them wish they could stay there for good. This young musician sings and plays banjo, guitar, piano, fiddle, harmonica, Cajun accordion, and the bones (percussion). In addition, he mesmerizes audiences with his humor and storytelling.

Also on the bill at Central Park's SummerStage for the New York Hot Jazz Festival All-Stars: Bria Skonberg, Vince Giordano, Joe Saylor and Dalton Ridenhour.

The All-Stars are preceded by Butler, Bernstein & the Hot 9, an artistic collaboration between New Orleans singer and pianist Henry Butler who has now settled in Brooklyn, and retro-futurist trumpeter and bandleader Steven Bernstein; and The Hot Sardines with bandleader Evan “Bibs” Palazzo, lead singer Miz Elizabeth and the Sardine ensemble of powerhouse musicians — and their very own tap dancer — who play “hot jazz” as it was in the era when live music was king… with a little glamour, a little grit, and a lot of passion.


Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 3:00pm to 7:00pm



Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
(Southeastern quadrant of the park)
New York, NY 10021


(212) 310-6600