Ari Silverstein is the quintessential native New Yorker. From East Village dives to the divine Upper EastSide of New York society, to Harlem haunts where the jazz masters built the foundations of jazz, he has you covered. His family came to NYC in 1906. His heritage in the City runs deep through the generations. Ari’s personal connection to the scene was forged from being there from the beginning. He has personal tales to tell about the giants of the music world, and is a wealth of information about the good old days in New York that evolved through the decades to what is happening now. Ari makes his Jazz Walking Tour experiences completely unique. His eccentric personality, penchant for story-telling, and funny-man nature welcome you to the inside, back-room experience. He is known and loved by the pros, the proprietors, doormen and bartenders. With Jazz Walking Tours, his focus is to share his kaleidoscope vision of the City with you. Whether it be where to eat some great soul food to information on hidden/abandoned subway stations, Ari has you covered.
Ari subsequently curated another musical series in 2012— “High Standards: The Legacy of The Great American Songbook,” concerts in tandem with panel discussions, collaborating with Prof. Mancuso. The featured artists included:
- Steve Ross – Panel Discussion/Presentation From Saloon to Salon: Travelling With My Piano
Concert: Fred Astaire, Top Hat, White Tie and Tails.
- Kathleen Landis – Panel Discussion/Presentation The Art of Song/Women in Jazz: A discussion of the art movements relationship to music and her 20 plus year experience at New York’s Fifth Avenue Café Pierre.
Concert: While We’re Young: A Tribute to Alec Wilder.
- Bob Dorough – Panel Discussion/Presentation/Concert From Be-bop to School House Rock: The talk will focus on Bob’s influential song writing and his importance in writing educational songs for the popular TV series School House Rock.
Ari continues to be active in the jazz and cabaret scene in NYC and beyond as a fixture, consultant, devoted fan, and tune-smith, in addition to producing the annual private concert series, “On Command.”
Jazz Walking Tours is Ari’s current focus. Look for more to come on Jazz Walking Tours soon!
Ari in the news
Ari with Prof. Chuck Mancuso