Jazz lovers and newcomers alike continue to praise the Hamptons Jazz Fest’s Winter Series for delivering imaginative and innovative musicians to the Hamptons. The Series has been a great introduction to jazz, which can seem daunting and unfamiliar for many people—myself included.
Live jazz music is an experience that everyone can enjoy, even if they are unfamiliar with it. With its complex rhythms, improvisation, and emphasis on instrumental virtuosity, jazz can appear intimidating to those not well-versed in the genre. Knowing a lot about jazz doesn’t matter when you hear Jazz performed live by musicians who love the art form and an engaged audience.
Live performances—like the Carolina Calvache Tio at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill this Friday—are the perfect place to approach the genre. This Trio is incredibly skilled and has a deep understanding of the music they are playing. Watching them perform will be a masterclass in musical technique as they showcase their skills and push the boundaries of what’s possible on their instruments.
Carolina Calvache, a native of Cali, Colombia, and a celebrated global musician, is set to grace the stage at the Parrish as part of the Hamptons Jazz Fest Winter Series. Through her affiliation with Jazz at Lincoln Center On The Road, Calvache’s trio promises to explore a “lyrical, imaginative, and articulate” voice in jazz that deserves celebration, according to Tim Wilkins of WBGO. The concert, featuring elegant and lively piano compositions, will warm the winter night with resonating sounds and Latin themes.
The Jam Sessions has created a fantastic atmosphere across all its venues this season. The community has responded excitedly, and a palpable sense of energy and excitement permeates the room. Musicians on stage are often deeply immersed in their craft, feeding off each other’s energy and working to create something extraordinary at the moment.
Live jazz lets you engage with the music on an emotional level. While jazz can be complex and challenging, it is ultimately a form of expression deeply rooted in the human experience. At its best, jazz music can be incredibly moving, evoking joy, sadness, and everything in between.
I love the element of surprise. Jazz emphasizes improvisation and spontaneity, so it’s full of unexpected twists and turns. Even seasoned jazz fans never quite know what to expect when they listen to a live performance. This unpredictability can make for a truly thrilling and unforgettable experience.
Thanks to the Winter Series, the Hamptons is full of great Jazz all winter long, from larger concert venues to more intimate club settings. So, don’t be afraid to give it a try. You might just discover a new favorite genre of music and have a great time in the process.
The Winter Series is a part of the Hamptons Jazz Fest, presented by The Jam Session, Inc., which hosts a variety of world-class musicians in Jazz, Latin, and World music, performing for a diverse range of audiences on the East End of Long Island. The Winter Series runs all season (October–May), delivering thrilling performances to local cultural organizations.
Registering to get your tickets in advance is recommended. Click here to register today and secure your Friday show attendance. Limited tickets will be available at the door.