A Century of Great American Jazz Composers

May 16, 2023

Bryant Park


The American Symphony Orchestra explores a truly American genre—jazz, with an ensemble comprised of ASO musicians and other featured artists active in the New York jazz scene today. The program chronicles some of America’s greatest jazz composers of the last century who lived between 1923 and 2023 and made lasting contributions to the canon of standard repertoire.

This performance is part of a free chamber music series in partnership with Bryant Park with programs curated by ASO musicians. Music-lovers will find a limited number of first-come, first-served chairs set up at the upper terrace to enjoy an after-work respite with live music.

The ASO’s Chamber Series is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


May 16, 2023
5:30 PM
Bryant Park


James P. Johnson (1894—1955)
The Charleston (1923)

Eubie Blake (1883—1983)
Memories of You (1930)

Fats Waller (1904—1943)
Ain’t Misbehavin’ (1929)

Duke Ellington (1899—1974)
In a Sentimental Mood (1935)

George Gershwin (1898—1937)
Fascinating Rhythm (1924)

Thelonious Monk (1917—1982)
Blue Monk (1954)

Horace Silver (1928—2014)
Nica’s Dream (1960)

Chick Corea (1941—2021)
Children’s Songs (ca. 1971-73)

Wayne Shorter (1933—2023)
Footprints (1966)

Herbie Hancock (b. 1940)
Cantaloupe Island (1964)


Cecilia Tenconi, sax/flute/clarinet
Ronald Wilkins, trombone
Lee Musiker, piano/music director
Lou Bruno, bass
Kory Grossman, drums