By 1957, the Village Vanguard, having gone through a few prior incarnations, took its place as the center of the jazz universe. Icons of the genre flocked to 7th Ave, in the heart of Greenwich Village, to play and record — albums and live sets that would live in infamy….
More than a musician and composer and bandleader, Michael Arenella makes the Jazz Era Lawn Party happen. This shot of an intense-looking Arenella is from the dance floor. Professional dancers, groups with choreographed routines, and fired up partygoers give the floor constant use during the party. And what a party it is. And with this…
Along the path on Governors Island. My guess is that >90% of attendants dress in period clothes. And if you don’t arrive in hip threads, local vintage shops have outposts selling everything from bathing suits to actual suits.
I had never tried St. Germain, the French elderflower-based liqueur, before the Jazz Era Lawn Party. But the cocktails and sangria, served by the dapper staff as the bands played on, made me a fast fan. And the half dozen period delivery trucks were a perfect compliment to the day.