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Sunday, 23 December 2012

Winter Music Recap

Christmas time at New York's Rockfeller Center
Winter in New York dazzled me with some of the best live performances I will probably ever see. Leonard Cohen crooned 'Hallelujah' to me at Jay-Z's Brooklyn-based Barclays Center. I was part of an improvised call and response with legendary Bobby McFerrin. Gretchen Parlato and Alan Hampton played 'Still', one of my favourite chilled songs. And Esperanza Spalding really did surprise me with her mystery guest Paul Simon at a Free The Slaves benefit; he blessed my ears with 'Scarborough Fair' and 'The Sound of Silence'. 

Not only were the musicians on top form, but so were the audiences. At Terminal 5 I witnessed a brave teenage lad crowd-surf to the bar, grab a beer, and surf back to the stage (lager sloshing over him) all in the name of fetching a cool, refreshing beverage for Matt + Kim. That fan deserves a medal. 

Matt + Kim @ Terminal 5
15th November 2012
Of Monsters And Men @ Terminal 5
21st November 2012
Esperanza Spalding, Paul Simon & Bobby McFerrin @ City Winery
4th December 2012
Gretchen Parlato Live Album Recording @ Rockwood Music Hall
5th December 2012
DJ Duane Harriott @ City Winery
6th December 2012
Strawberry Fields, Central Park
20th December 2012
Leonard Cohen @ Barclays Center, Brooklyn
20th December 2012
Santa Claus @ Radio City
20th December 2012
Christmas Spectacular @ Radio City
21st December 2012
Photography by Sophie Ellis

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