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Summer Lunchtime Jazz Concerts: Rome Neal

Enjoy your lunch outdoors with some of Jazz’s celebrated musicians. Curated by the Jazz Foundation of America and in partnership with the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office. 

JULY 23: Rome Neal

When Actor / Director Rome Neal took on Laurence Holder’s one-man play “Monk”, playing the legendary pianist / composer, it was the start of not only a long-running theatrical role, but of a new artistic role in Neal’s life: jazz impresario. Inspired by the play to take up singing, he became a regular at jam sessions and founded Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz at the Nuyorican Poets’ Cafe. In the twenty years since its founding, this series has hosted a variety of jazz greats, including Dee Dee Bridgwater, Randy Weston, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Amiri Baraka, Barry Harris, and Samara Joy. Awarded the 2022 Audelco Lifetime Achievement Award for his accomplishments in Black Theatre, Rome’s thoughtful production and commanding stage presence have become a fixture in the NYC jazz world.



Presented by the Jazz Foundation of America, supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and by the Howard Gilman Foundation.


Tue 7/23


Columbus Park Plaza

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