Flushing City Hall Celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month
In April, Flushing City Hall celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month with an incredible lineup of jazz events, both in-person and available to stream for free online for those who can’t make it to the historic site, an affiliate of the Smithsonian in Queens.
Jazz music programs have been a cornerstone of Flushing Town Hall’s programming for over 40 years and the venue has hosted many jazz legends on its stage, including current 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 amazing female jazz artists, like Akua Allrich, and many more. The nonprofit cultural organization also founded the Queens Jazz Orchestra in 2008, published a map of the Queens Jazz Trail in 1998, and hosted 15 years of NEA Jazz Master concerts and a decade of monthly Louis Armstrong Legacy Jazz Jams for artists. novices and experienced. The borough of Queens itself has hosted some of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, including Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Bix Beiderbecke, Tony Bennett, Count Basie, and Jimmy Heath, among others.
On April 8, 2022 at 8:00 p.m., one of jazz’s premier ensembles, the GRAMMY-nominated Bill Charlap Trio, will kick off Jazz Appreciation Month at Flushing City Hall. Consisting of GRAMMY-winning pianist Bill Charlap, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, the Bill Charlap Trio was formed nearly 25 years ago in 1997 and earned GRAMMY nominations for Uptown Downtown (Impulse! /Verve), Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein, and The Bill Charlap Trio: Live at the Village Vanguard (both on the Blue Note label).
In November 2021, the Bill Charlap Trio released their latest album Street of Dreams. The Jazz Times says that “Street of Dreams is simply a reminder of the quality of an album of straightforward piano-trio standards.” During their performance on April 8, the trio will perform some of their new songs on stage at Flushing Town Hall.
The Bill Charlap Trio tours the world and their New York engagements include regular appearances at Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Village Vanguard.
In-person tickets are $25 / $20 for members. Virtual viewing is free.
On Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m., one of Flushing City Hall’s most popular recurring jazz events, the Louis Armstrong Legacy Monthly Jazz Jam, invites jazz students, musicians and music teachers to the Flushing City Hall Theater to create and share music together. Monthly Jazz Jams are a fun way to hone your skills and perform with your peers. The house band led by saxophonist Carol Sudhalter opens each jam with the work of Louis Armstrong.
In-person tickets are tickets: $10/FREE for members, students, and jamming musicians. Virtual viewing is free.
On Sunday, April 24 at 2 p.m., New Music Horizons returns to Flushing City Hall to feature two dynamic composers: classical composer Alicia Lieu and jazz composer Mark Wade. Alicia Lieu presents new material from her ongoing opera, “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 interaction and expressive improvisation that has earned them an international following.
Mark Wade has been voted one of the best bassists five of the last six years by the prestigious Downbeat Magazine Readers Poll. Wade has performed with notable jazz artists such as James Spaulding, Jimmy Heath, Conrad Herwig, Harry Whitaker, Pete McGuinness, Peter Eldridge, Don Byron and Stacey Kent.
Alicia Lieu is the founder of the Composers Collective, Pitches Brew and the New York Conducting Institute. Alicia has conducted master classes in New York, St. Petersburg, Russia, Czech Republic and Bulgaria. His teachers include maestros John Keenan and Paul Nadler of the New York Metropolitan Opera. Alicia Lieu won first prize in the UCSB Wind Ensemble Composition Competition.
In-person tickets are $10/FREE for seniors, students and members. Virtual viewing is free.
Those unable to attend in person can join the live stream of all performances mentioned above and tune in virtually for free at https://www.youtube.com/flushingtownhall/live, but donations are greatly appreciated. For tickets and more information, visit www.FlushingTownHall.org or call (718) 463-7700 x222.