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Remember years ago, when we went here to see young musicians before (and my kids loved eating ribs?)

Well now Ezra is actually one of the performers!

Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra is an excellent program that Ezra loves and takes part in every Sunday.  The kids practice in the a.m., then a quick break before getting right back to the stage on Sundays 2-3pm.  It’s so fun watching this group of kids grow together and work together to make the music happen.  One ‘yelp’ reviewer said it best in his review of the Sunday performances:

“As the great jazz trumpet player, Albert Camus, said, “Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.” Today I saw kids showing generosity toward the future by giving all to the present–on stage at the Jazz Standard. 

I attended a kids jam session at the Jazz Standard on a Sunday at 2 PM and I believe it’s a regular gig. The kids ranged from 10-15 year old. That’s significantly above the other jazz lovers I know who range from 100-150 years old.  And the kids were terrific. Yes, they were nervous, but in the best way possible, because they couldn’t hide their passion for the music. Here’s the best part…they organized themselves, offstage and onstage without adult supervision. Another impressive part was seeing how they learned to communicate with one another and coordinate the music so it didn’t run away from them. 

The food was pretty good too featuring bbq brisket, burgers, mac and cheese and other stuff kids like. Kudos to the Jazz Standard for supporting the kids by giving them a platform at one of the world’s great jazz clubs.”

You can see a clip here on Ezra’s open instagram feed (gotta love the 2 kids tag-teaming on the piano, the one performing is only 11 ys old!)

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We’ve been meaning to do this for a long time now but finally both Ezra and Zoe are old enough to sit still and appreciate a live show. Every Sunday from 2-3 pm Jazz Standard (under Blue Smoke restaurant) has a kid’s live jazz show – starring other kid jazz performers! Inspiring to watch – especially for kids who are also learning to play an instrument. And of course Ezra had the sample the city’s best beef ribs, which are on the kid menu!

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We went to Brad’s nonna’s house for a little dinner. We love her upright piano and all her gorgeous paintings… thanks nonna for dinner and for a good time!

That screened in porch – I want to sleep in it. What are YOU up to this weekend?

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We went back to the Natural History Museum to check out the show on Poison – but we didn’t get much further than enjoying the mammal exhibit and canoe on the ceiling again. Feeling a bit sluggish and cagey this start of Feb and I’m not sure why. In some ways it’s almost better to stay out in the cold and enjoy the strangely beautiful brick ruin on the south east corner of Central Park (seen in the photos below.) And of course a trip to FAO Schwartz to play on the ‘Big’ piano always gets the kids going. You’ve got to get there quick though. I hear they are breaking it down and building a new one on the ground floor – so enjoy Tom Hank’s original ‘stomping ground’ before it goes!

Wanna see more beautiful pix of snow in our city? Check out this great blog post.

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We haven’t done this much sledding in a long LONG time… I am still sore. First we had a piano recital where cousins Jake, Tals and Ezra played what they’ve been learning all autumn long. Then back out to make snow forts and play in Aunt Becca’s huge yard!

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While the weather is nice enough to welcome entertainers in the park, they will be there performing. We found a man making a sand mandala and ‘bubble man’ who allowed kids to make humongous bubbles!

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this pianist rolls his baby-grand out to the arch every weekend!

this pianist rolls his baby grand out to the arch every weekend!

we catch Helen Hunt filming a movie on 5th AVe outside the park

we catch Helen Hunt filming a movie on 5th Ave outside the park

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