I have access to the whole wide world, and yet I pick my home town. Paris has no air-conditioning, UK is at it’s most beautiful in spring and fall, and I could go on and on. Every time I am in a town, I think, "I'm happy here, I should come here more often."
I have never been able to give up my home here, even when I have been away on the road for a very long time.
I especially love summer. There is The Philharmonic in Central Park each year. The 1812 Overture with fire works. The Metro Opera in Central Park, the very best way to hear Puccini. Jazzmobile is everywhere, but my favorite is Grant's Tomb on Wednesday evening—the sun setting over the Hudson River and New Jersey as the lights come up.
It is always cool by the river. Venders set up selling CDs, food and memories; all while listening to Count Basie's band or George Coleman's group—always great music.
There’s traveling theatre. The Staten Island Ferry—for a cruise—is no charge. Summer stage in Central Park, all the top Billboard charting groups performing.
At Brooklyn Prospect Park free concerts, all summer. Ladysmith Black Mambazo from South Africa is on June 28th. At Bryant Park (Manhattan) is Bryant Park Piano on July 3rd. At Rumsey Playfield (Manhattan Central Park), there’s Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series on July 5th. At Dana Discovery Center (Manhattan Central Park) is the Harlem Meer Performance Festival on July 7th.
And those are just a few of the many fabulous free concerts New York's parks have to offer!
The public library has a special summer program. Lincoln Center outdoor concerts—each year that is where I hear Sonny Rollins. And there is free Jazz at the Plaza on Thursdays at 12:30.
Summer is a good time in the city.