This outdoor concert series is presented every Thursday over the course of the summer months on the outdoor Plaza between 601 Lexington Avenue and Saint Peter’s Church. The series is presented by Midtown Arts Common and its partners.
While every effort is made to host Jazz on the Plaza outdoors, in the event of inclement weather the concert may be moved indoors to the Sanctuary of Saint Peter’s Church, where guests are asked not to bring food.
About the musiciansContemporary, edgy, and soulful, Cynthia Sayer breaks all the banjo player stereotypes as she single-handedly brings the 4-string banjo to the forefront of jazz. Celebrated as the top 4-string banjoist in the world today and praised for her “drive and virtuosity” by the New York Times, Cynthia is a founding member of Woody Allen's New Orleans Jazz Band with whom she played and toured for over 10 years. Her solo career has taken her well beyond these New Orleans roots as a dynamic performer, instrumentalist and vocalist, and whose eclectic, swing-based
shows embody the rarely heard range and versatility of the 4-string jazz banjo. Sayer receives standing ovations at nearly every concert she performs.
Sayer appears regularly in concert and at festivals worldwide with her several bands and also as an individual guest artist. She has worked with a variety of leading jazz, popular, & roots artists, including Bucky Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Wynton Marsalis, Les Paul, Bill Cosby, Marvin Hamlisch, Kenny Davern, Charlie Giordano (Springsteen’s E Street Band), Milt Hinton, Marian McPartland, Jon Weber, Wycliffe Gordon, John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Scott Robinson, Randy Sandke, Kenny Davern, Tony Trischka, Andy Statman, and many others.