Grace Jones will return to the New York City stage as the headliner of the 2023 Blue Note Jazz Festival.
The music and fashion pioneer, known for dance music hits like “Pull Up to the Bumper” and “Slave to the Rhythm,” last appeared on Pride Island in 2019. She also went viral on social media. with their 2015 AfroPunk performance at the Commodore in Fort Greene. barry park.
At 74 years old, Jones continues to be a main attraction on the concert circuit with her enigmatic and jaw-dropping performances (sometimes with a hula hoop). The Jamaican-born superstar has been booked by veteran New York City promoter Jill Newman for a May 31 concert at Hammerstein Ballroom, kicking off a month-long music series produced by the legendary Greenwich Village jazz venue.
Announced Tuesday, the 12th Annual Blue Note Jazz Festival will also feature a lineup that includes Pat Metheny, Lisa Fischer, NxWorries (Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge), Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway, Ron Carter, Meshell Ndegeocello, Manhattan Transfer, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, and eight-time winner of the Grammy Award Christian McBride. Concerts will take place across the city at Beacon Theatre, Town Hall, Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park Bandshell, Blue Note Jazz Club and other venues.
Legendary blues guitarist and singer Buddy Guy’s Damn Right Farewell Tour will also grace SummerStage in Central Park on June 18. The Harlem Gospel Choir will pay tribute to Nina Simone on June 28 at Sony Hall.
“The Blue Note Jazz Festival is celebrating the pulse and culture of New York City, and there’s no better way to do it than by experiencing iconic artists in iconic venues this summer,” said Blue Note Director of Programming Alex Kurland, it’s a statement. “We are proud to highlight multi-generational legendary artists who have had an extraordinary impact and influence on music and culture.”
The festival will take place from May 31 to July 2. Tickets are now on sale.