Every weekday at 12:30 pm in Bryant Park you can find a crowd of people huddled around a piano in between the Bryant Park Grill and Bryant Park Café. Piano in Bryant Park is a daily event that features amazing New York pianists. The featured artist plays a two-hour long set featuring jazz and pop classics as well as original music on the infamous green piano in the upper terrace of the park. The artist changes every week playing 5 shows Monday through Friday 12:30 to 2:30 pm. The week of August 1 till August 5 the featured musician is singer, songwriter and composer Dan Manjovi.
Piano in the park is an ongoing summer event that started in May and continues until September 30th. According to featured artist Dan Manjovi there are a lot of repeat audience members who have been coming to enjoy the free concert for years. It was clear who the veteran audience members were. They had gotten there early to claim a seat in front of the piano and stayed the full two hours of the show to soak in every minute of smooth jazz. However there were also people who were previously unaware of the event that stopped and stood to listen for awhile and even a few who decided to pull up a chair and enjoy the rest of the show.
In the show Manjovi played iconic jazz favorites such Fred Astire’s Cheek to Cheek and Frank Sinatra’s Fly Me to The Moon which you could see the crowd tapping their feet and singing along to. However as a successful songwriter and recording artist himself Manjovi integrated his own original material into the show, which the crowd gladly welcomed. The New York native has a great list of achievements for his career with awards such as SCAP Popular Award Winner, the recipient of a Stonewall Society Fan Award, a Backstage Bistro Award Winner, and a 2011 nominee for Best Live Performance Video by Right Out TV Video Music Awards. His music was also featured in the 2009 Oscar award winning film and soundtrack Precious.
Catch the Piano in Bryant Park concerts every Monday through Friday 12:30 to 2:30pm in the upper terrace of the park. For more information about the upcoming concerts visit http://www.bryantpark.org/plan-your-visit/piano.