Jazz on the Terrace
Is there a better way to enjoy a breezy summer night than by listening to live music while the sun sinks lower in the sky? The Parrish Art Museum thinks not, as it proves on a regular basis with its Jazz on the Terrace series.
The series is a laid back affair – literally – with attendees laying back in lawn chairs and spreading blankets on the lawn as they listen to world-class artists. (There is a museum café where food and beverages can be purchased, but you’re welcome to bring outside food; the Golden Pear Cafe also has limited seating that is naturally reserved for café patrons.) June 28th features Grammy-nominated Brazilian bass player Nilson Matta, who has been instrumental in the evolution and popularity of Brazilian jazz in the US. He has collaborated with world-famous cellist Yo Yo Ma and fellow Brazilian legends like Hermeto Pascoal, Johnny Alf, and Luis Bonfa. Tickets are $12, but the event is free for children and students. If you’re otherwise occupied on the 28th, you might want to try other upcoming performances: July 19 (Abelita Mateus) or August 16 (Hendrick Meurkins).
If you’ve got a few hours before the performance (which runs from 6 pm to 7:30, in case you’re curious) you might want to check out the Parrish Art Museum itself, which has become one of the foremost art museums on Long Island. The collection includes over 300 works of art from the impressionist period to the modern day, including paintings by Jackson Pollock, William de Kooning and Roy Lichtenstein, and focuses particularly on artists who worked on Long Island’s North and South Shore artist colonies.