Phil Lesh, Joe Russo, and Eric Krasno Play Surprise Set at Central Park’s Jazz & Colors

first_imgOn a beautiful, crisp fall day in Central Park, many music fans, and even your casual strollers looking to get a breath of fresh air, were treated to 30 bands in 30 locations spread across the park for the second annual Jazz & Colors. The beauty of Jazz & Colors, besides the fact that it takes place in Central Park, is that 30 different ensembles play the same setlist of jazz standards.Jazz & Colors is a free public designed by film producer and local concert promoter, Peter Shapiro (Brooklyn Bowl/Capitol Theatre.  Shapiro is also in partnership with the City of New York and the Central Park Conservancy.  Shapiro hopes to infuse Central Park with culture and jazz without that “music festival” feel.While revelers were treated to incredible sets from many different artists, there was one set that may have topped them all. Grateful Dead/Furthur bassist Phil Lesh joined Furthur drummer Joe Russo and Soulive/Lettuce guitarist Eric Krasno for an unannounced 30-minute set near Sheep’s Meadow. The group set up with roughly 30 people standing around, and began the set with Lesh calling out a key and the group going into some jazz improv.The trio also performed a cover of The Beatles’ “Get Back,” and finished the set with another improv-based jazz excursion. Considering Lesh’s background as a student of avant-garde classical music and free jazz, along with Krasno and Russo’s accomplished backgrounds, this is most certainly a dream trio that would be interesting to see in a full-show format. There is always hope, right?Take a look at a brief video of the trio in action:[via Jambase][photo and video credit to Scott Bernstein]last_img

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