A Bright Spot in the Pandemic Gloom: Jazz Is Everywhere in New York

Musicians are playing al fresco all over the city to earn money and boost morale.

By Margot Boyer-Dry Nov. 20, 2020

Every night after her shift this spring, Bridget Queral would leave the hospital where she worked as a nurse to find her husband, Luis, waiting to walk her home. As they ambled through an eerily silent Central Park, Ms. Queral would shed the baggage from treating patients during the pandemic’s intense peak. The stroll became a highlight of the couple’s coronavirus routine, even with the lawns devoid of their usual crowds.

When the weather warmed and the virus, for the moment, waned, the sounds of instruments once again rippled through the heavy Manhattan air. “It was really emotional,” Ms. Queral said. “Luis describes it as a black-and-white movie turning to color.” Read full story >