The New York Pops and Melody Gardot

Tuesday June 1 7:00 PM

Central Park SummerStage
New York, NY

The smoky seductive thrill of vocal jazz from chanteuse Melody Gardot supported by the acclaimed New York Pops.

Melody Gardot’s route to music has been unconventional and often arduous. Growing up in Philadelphia, she began taking music lessons at age 9, and was playing piano in local lounges by the time she was 16, although she didn’t think of music as anything more than a hobby at the time. After being hit by a car and severely injured when she was 19, music became a key therapeutic element in her lengthy recovery process and an outlet for self-expression. The young chanteuse’s songs offer deeply compelling evocations of love, loss and heartache, while her voice offers a level of emotional authority and technical fluency beyond her years. Supported by sparse arrangements, she draws upon elements of jazz, blues, folk and country, with expressive vocals that are both sensitive and seductive. Her breakthrough album, My One and Only Thrill, has sold almost one million copies worldwide.

The New York Pops was founded by former NBC Music Director Skitch Henderson in 1983 with the mission to create greater public awareness and appreciation of America’s rich musical heritage. They are the largest independent pops orchestra in the U.S., and the only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City specializing in popular music. Led by Music Director Steven Reineke, they perform an annual subscription series and birthday gala at Carnegie Hall, and tour selections from the American songbook throughout the world. More