December 21, 2014 at Make Music New York in the Bronx

Late Sunday afternoon following the Make Music New York Parranda con Paranda music jam organized by the Bronx Music Heritage Center, WHEDco (The Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation), the Garifuna Coalition, and City Lore. I was present for only part of it, but had fun, and made a tiny contribution (with my “FELIZ NAVIDAD” decorated accordion) to the jam session featuring some great Latino musicians. Thanks to Ariana Hellerman for the photo and for her role in organizing the event.
MMNY Bronx Paranda 2014 Hellerman

June 21, 2014, Accordionists Perform “In C” by Terry Riley in City Hall Park as Part of Make Music New York

Make Music New York 2014 Greg Burrows

I was happy to join my accordion comrades under the direction of Melissa Elledge in this 45 minute new music performance that drew an audience of several dozen on a beautiful evening in Manhattan. This year is the 50th anniversary of the composition of the piece. Thanks to Greg Burrows for capturing the moment.

Jon Batiste – Stay Human band show at Webster Hall, April 19, 2014

Elena and I had a great time at the Jon Batiste – Stay Human band show at Webster Hall last night. He is an incredible jazz pianist and all-around musician and entertainer! I feel very lucky to have had three opportunities to join Jon (and some of his bandmates) and other musicians in melodica parades in Manhattan as part of the Make Music New York program. Thanks to Elena Schwolsky for the photo.

Jon Batiste show Webster Hall April 2014

December 21, 2012, Make Music New York “Harmonaboard Parade” in Harlem Led by Jonathan Batiste

On December 21, 2012, I was privileged to take part in the Make Music New York “Harmonaboard Parade”, a pick-up group of 25 jazz musicians led by renowned jazz pianist and melodica player Jonathan Batiste parading down Harlem’s 125th Street playing melodicas (also known as “harmonaboards”) and stopping in at neighborhood landmarks.  I am at the far right of the photo, provided courtesy of Hohner Music.

Harlem Christmas 2012 Melodica Parade