Happy 35th Birthday New Morning!
The New Morning is right smack in the middle of a marvellous 35 year Birthday Celebration (35 ANS DU NEW !) They launched part 1 of the celebration to a sold out crowd on June 27th and 28th featuring two of the biggest names in Jazz today, saxophonist Branford Marsalis and vocalist extraordinaire, Kurt Elling.
Other notable concerts for the 35th Birthday Party and “Festival AllStars” included Randy Weston and Abdullah Ibrahim pianists, saxophonists Pharoah Sanders and Steve Coleman, Brooklyn Funk Essentials, Disco-Funk New York Collective, guitarists Mike Stern, Marc Ribot, John Abercrombie, and vibraphonist Roy Ayers, master of the groove, Dianne Reeves, and Incognito.
And if you missed the Celebration Part 1 not to worry because the party continues with a stellar line-up including Ray Lema, Oct 4th, Cyrille Aimée Oct 7th, Roy Hargrove Oct 10, 11,12, Birilli Lagrene Oct 14, 15th and Cory Henry, Christian McBride, Kurt Elling, Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke & Eric Harland and others.
The New Morning opened it’s doors on April 16th, 1981 with a performance by Jazz icon Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Since that time the artist that have performed at the New Morning reads like a who’s who of the Jazz, Afro Jazz, Funk and Soul world.
And ok, yes, this is a lot of name dropping for one article but there's just no way to tell this story with mentioning great New Morning performances by Chet Baker, Betty Carter, Freddy Hubbard, Archie Shepp, McCoy Tyner, Nina Simone, Michael Brecker, Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Abbey Lincoln, Max Roach, Arturo Sandoval, Terrence Blanchard, Cesaria Evora, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Hugh Massakela, Miriam Makeba, Lucky Peterson, Didier Lockwood, Prince, Maceo Parker, Taj Mahal, Stan Getz, Ray Baretto and Gil Scott Heron just to name a few.
Yes, it’s safe to say that the New Morning has definitely earned it’s place in Jazz History.