In New York, on streets there are many street musicians, performers, and painters. And There are aways some free events, concerts, festivals somewhere.
This time, my friend Hajime who was living in NYC told me and took me to Free Jazz Festival in New York City. This festival was held on a big outside hall. It was almost first time to listen and watch real Jazz show for my life, so I was very excited to feel it. We took a subway to head Harlem, when we got the subway off up to stairs the in Harlem area, the outside was very bright even the sunset was coming at the time..
icon-flash JAZZ FESTIVAL
This area “Harlem” is in Upper Manhattan.
There are many African American people have been living from long time ago. These days, the land cost is getting higher, and some people needed to leave from the place, and new people came into there to living. Everything can be changed in NYC.
All media, the internet mentioned this area is kind a dangerous area, like “do not go alone”, “do not walk in the night”, something like that. But I needed to stay at a place in Harlem area, and I walked around in the night (before mid night), but never happened such a dangerous moments. I felt the people were kind and just having fun.
Some arts are everywhere in NYC, even in Harlem too.
In Harlem, there was only one place that I really wanted to go! It was the famous theater “APOLLO THEATER”. Once in a week, it held amateur contest from long time ago, and still nowadays. Here, this theater made great stars, actually! Such as, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and more!!! For me who is a guy loves music has to go there.
I feel something special,, the atmosphere was something different.
I was there for a while for feeling the atmosphere, breathing, and using free wifi.. haha
When the show was started, the people who came to watch stopped chatting, and faced to the stage and the musicians. The Jazz sounds from them surrounded everyone who was at the place. The sounds are very aggressive, strong, uniq, and beautiful. I knew that what we listen to Jazz at a cafe, such as Starbucks were not Jazz.. The “Jazz” music at cafes make people chill, BUT the real Jazz beat people’s bodies, make people excited and moved hard.
When the singer started to sing,
The people made some noise, not chatting, but “Wow” to them.
Oh man,, it’s so cool, IT IS SO COOL.
This is JAZZ, how cool music.
Each instruments can be the main instrument.
Each of them has uniq and powerful sounds, the skills are outstanding..
This piano man was epic, so cool, so skillful.
It seems he led the whole sounds and the Jazz band.