I got off the train and said hello to one of my favorite views!
While I was waiting for festival to start I decided to ride the escalators to the 9th floor of Macy's. I've been there once, but couldn't remember and I was rewarded with CHRISTMAS!!!!
I then made my way down to Swing Street! This used to be a street of jazz clubs and now it holds the longest running street festival of the city, the Americana Jazz Fest.
I was quickly greeted by two of my favorite things in the world: amazing jazz solos and yummy street food. Can't help but love street festivals.
I walked around the city for a while and when I came back, there was another group from the Duke Ellington Center for the Arts there. They were amazing and quite a crowd had gathered. Everyone was enjoying themselves and not afraid to dance and sing along. Duke's granddaughter runs the center now and she was the announcer.
There was a trumpet, wind, bass, piano, drums, and violin. They also had dancers that accompanied a few songs and a few different singers. It was quite the show. My favorite was a latinized version of "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" which included this amazing growling trumpet solo.
I love this couple. I don't know how early they got there, but they didn't budge. They just tapped a long and sang to the music!
An amazing tap dancer.
It was a great day and definitely a good way to end this visit to the city!