City Life Org – Steinway Artists Aaron Diehl and Orrin Evans – FREE Sept. 8 at Bryant Park Picnic Performances

From left to right: Aaron Diehl (Photo: Maria Jarzyna) and Orrin Evans (Photo: Christopher Kayfield)

Picnic shows at Bryant Park

Steinway Artists Aaron Diehl and Orrin Evans

Thursday September 8 at 7 p.m.

Entry first come, first served

All Bryant Park Picnic Performances are FREE

Picnic shows at Bryant Park presented by Bank of America continues on September 8 with a special concert featuring acclaimed jazz pianists and Steinway artists Aaron Diehl and Orrin Evans. Diehl and Evans will play a mix of standards and originals as a duo, each on their own Steinway piano.

Attendees can bring their own food or purchase from on-site food and drink vendors near the lawn. At most performances, attendees can purchase food from a rotating list of local New York vendors organized by Hester Street Fair. Vaccinations and COVID-19 masks are not currently required, but Bryant Park will continue to monitor and follow updated New York City and New York State COVID-19 guidelines throughout the year. was so necessary.

The 2022 picnic season is made possible through the generous support of Bank of America. “Bank of America is a longtime supporter of the arts because we believe that a thriving arts and cultural community benefits both society and the economy,” said Jose Tavarez, President, Bank of America New York. “We are therefore delighted to once again sponsor Picnic Performances and to combine our commitment to the arts with our partnership with Bryant Park. Together, we help New York’s iconic cultural scene thrive, while promoting green spaces and providing free access to live New York music, dance and theater.

Performance details

Thursday September 8 at 7 p.m.

Steinway artists Aaron Diehl and Orrin Evans

Pianist and composer Aaron Diehl mystifies listeners with its layered artistry. Both temporal and ethereal, its expression transforms the piano into an orchestral vessel in the spirit of beloved predecessors Ahmad Jamal, Erroll Garner and Jelly Roll Morton. After three critically acclaimed frontman albums on Mack Avenue Records—and live appearances at historic Jazz venues at Lincoln Center and The Village Vanguard at New York Philharmonic and Philharmonie de Paris—the American’s 2011 Cole Porter Fellow Pianist Association now focuses its attention on what it means to be present within. His next solo album promises an expansion of this exploration in a framework that is both untied and intimate. “Diehl has developed an organic and sophisticated approach,” says low beat.

During his kaleidoscopic quarter-century as a professional jazz musician, pianist Orrin Evans has become the model of a fiercely independent artist who pushes the boundaries in every way. Never backed by a major label, Evans has reached the top of the pyramid on his instrument, as affirmed by his #1 ranking as “Rising Star Pianist” in the 2018 low beat Poll of critics. Grammy nominations for Smoke Sessions albums The Intangible Between and Presence, Evans’ raucous and daring Captain Black Big Band, mark his bona fides as a bandleader and songwriter. In addition to CBBB, Evans’ multiple frontman and collaboration projects include Eubanks Evans Experience (a duet with prominent guitarist Kevin Eubanks); the Brazilian unit Terreno Comum; Evans’ working trio with bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Mark Whitfield, Jr.; and Tar Baby (a 20-year collective trio with bassist Eric Revis and drummer Nasheet Waits). One of Tar Baby’s two albums in 2022 will be released through Evans, Imani Records, which he founded in 2001 and relaunched in 2018.

Picnic shows at Bryant Park

Events to come

September 2: New York Opera: Lucia of Lammermoor

September 8: Steinway artists Aaron Diehl and Orrin Evans

September 9: Jazz at Lincoln Center presents Summer Camargo Sextet

September 16: Accordion Festival: Heart of Afghanistan, Voices of Ukrainian Villages, Balaklava Blues and Cinco12: The Music of Selena

September 17: American Symphony Orchestra

About Bryant Park Corporation

Bryant Park Corporation (CPC), a private, non-profit corporation, was founded in 1980 to renovate, finance and operate Bryant Park in New York City. BPC is funded by revenue from events, concessions and sponsorships, as well as an appraisal of neighboring properties, and does not accept government or philanthropic funds. In addition to providing security, sanitation and horticulture services, BPC offers restaurants, food kiosks, world-class restrooms and a wide range of free events throughout the year. Midtown Manhattan Park is visited by more than 12 million people each year and is one of the busiest public spaces in the world. BPC’s website,, offers more detailed information and a schedule of upcoming events.

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Subway location and directions:

Bryant Park is located behind the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan between 40th and 42nd Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Take the B, D, F, or M train to 42nd Street/Bryant Park; or take the 7 train to 5th Avenue.

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