This April, Flushing Town Hall celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month with an incredible line-up of jazz events, both in person and available to stream for free online for those unable to make it to the historic venue, a Smithsonian affiliate in Queens.
Jazz music programs have been a cornerstone in Flushing Town Hall’s programming for over 40 years and the venue has hosted many jazz legends on its stage, including present and past NEA Jazz Masters Jimmy Heath, Jimmy Owens, Barry Harris, Sheila Jordan, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Ron Carter, Cándido Camero, Paquito D’Rivera, and a number of incredible female jazz artists, such as Akua Allrich, and many more. The cultural nonprofit also founded the Queens Jazz Orchestra in 2008, published a Queens Jazz Trail map in 1998, and has hosted 15 years of NEA Jazz Master concerts and a decade of monthly Louis Armstrong Legacy Jazz Jams for novice and experienced artists to come together. The borough of Queens has itself been home to some of the greatest jazz musicians of all times, including Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Bix Beiderbecke, Tony Bennett, Count Basie, and Jimmy Heath among many others.
Calendar Listing Below:
Bill Charlap Trio ~ Friday, April 8, 8 PM
In-Person Tickets: $25/$20 Members; Virtual Tickets: Free. Donations are appreciated.
Flushing Town Hall presents the GRAMMY award-nominated Bill Charlap Trio, with GRAMMY award-winning pianist Bill Charlap, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington. Praised by The Guardian as“one of the best piano trios ever,”the Bill Charap Trio which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2022, is considered one of the leading jazz groups. The trio’s most recent recording features them with Tony Bennett & Diana Krall on the chart-topping, GRAMMY-nominated Love is Here to Stay. The Bill Charlap Trio tours all over the world, and their New York engagements include regular appearances at Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Village Vanguard.
Louis Armstrong Legacy Monthly Jazz Jam ~ Wednesday, April 13, 7 PM
In-person tickets $10/FREE for Members, Students, Teens & Jamming Musicians; Virtual Tickets: Free. Donations are appreciated.
Flushing Town Hall’s Louis Armstrong Legacy Monthly Jazz Jam is held in person with Jazz students, musicians, and music educators at Flushing Town Hall’s theatre. Monthly Jazz Jams are a fun way to hone your skills and jam with your peers. The house band led by saxophonist Carol Sudhalter opens each jam with the work of Louis Armstrong.
New Music Horizons – Collaborative Artists In Concert:
Alicia Lieu and The Mark Wade Trio ~ Sunday, April 24, 2 PM
In-person tickets are $10/FREE for Seniors, Students, and Members; Virtual Tickets: Free. Donations are appreciated.
New Music Horizons returns to Flushing Town Hall to present two dynamic composers: classical composer Alicia Lieu and jazz composer Mark Wade. Alicia Lieu presents new material from her opera in progress, “Unwrapping Fortune” which follows the adventures of protagonists Ivy and Kwan Fai through the themes of love and Chinese Food. The Mark Wade Trio will perform with their brand of group interplay and expressive improvisation that has brought them an international following.
For the venue’s full schedule of 2022 Spring events, visit: https://www.flushingtownhall.
COVID Policy: In adherence with New York City’s Covid policy for performance venues, Flushing Town Hall will require all visitors, performers, and staff to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 with matching identification. Additionally, masks will be required at all times. For more details on Flushing Town Hall’s Covid-safety measures and vaccine requirements, please visit: https://www.flushingtownhall.
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Flushing Town Hall is a not for profit organization and receives major support in its 2021-2022 Fiscal Year from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim; The City of New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio (2021) and Mayor Eric Adams (2022); New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Commissioner Gonzalo Casals; Queens Borough President Donovan Richards; The New York City Council, Speaker Corey Johnson; Council Members Costa Constantinides, Daniel Dromm, Barry Grodenchik, Peter Koo, Karen Koslowitz, Paul A. Vallone, Jimmy Van Bramer; Howard Gilman Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, Guru Krupa Foundation, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation.
To view current donor lists, please visit www.flushingtownhall.org/
Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, NY.