Listening Parties

Join us for free Listening Parties, as musicians and scholars play for you legendary records that shaped the course of Jazz history. Hear from some of today’s greatest artists as they share with you the albums and artists that inspired them. All Listening Parties are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise indicated, seating is available on a first come/first served basis.


The Irene Diamond Education Center (IDEC)
Time Warner Center, 60th Street and Broadway
5th Floor

May 15 at 7 pm

Sidney Bechet Listening Party: Creole Blues, Identity in Transition

Co-presented with the Sidney Bechet Society

Join clarinetist Evan Christopher as he celebrates the 120th birthday of Sidney Bechet, focusing on Bechet’s experiments with Creole songs and Afro-Caribbean musics, and examines the evolution of Creole identity and its relationship to the music marketed as jazz. The event will combine listening examples curated by Evan, with live performances featuring an ensemble including trombonist and musicologist Chris Washburne (Columbia University) and Brazilian piano virtuoso André Mehmari.