Led by Carol Sudhalter and our wonderful house band, the jam welcomes musicians including our jazz jammers from Queens/Long Island, as well as newcomers from around the world, to share their music, lift our spirits and honor those we have lost.
WATCH ON FACEBOOK AND ZOOM
If you’d like to watch this session LIVE, simply tune in to our Facebook page or ZOOM.
For more information on how to participate and monthly themes, visit: http://www.flushingtownhall.org/virtual-jazz-jam
2nd Wednesday each month 7PM EDT
Axons Dance Theatre presents Invisible Decorum as part of Fertile Ground series March performance. Invisible Decorum, choreographed by Joan Liu and danced by Saeko Hayashi, Marisa Pisano, and Dominique Robinson, delves into how cultural backgrounds affect our lives both consciously and subconsciously. Donate at https://www.greenspacestudio.org/fertile-ground to receive a viewing link.
Taught by jazz researcher and educator Ben Young, Jazz 101 is a survey of the history of Jazz music, held over eight two-hour sessions—one per week. The course is designed for listeners at all experience levels: Using historic Jazz recordings we illustrate where the music came from, how it works, and how the styles have evolved. We will also explore Jazz in the socio-historical context of 20th Century America. The essential part of course is great music and the rich stories of the figures who shaped the music. It’s a lecture format, but no question is too basic. No papers, no tests, no entrance requirements, no one will call on you in class. Just check-in and dig the sounds.
Week 1 (4/6/2021, 7 PM ET): Introduction & Back Story – Overview of the course, and the prehistory of Jazz (Music by Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, and others)
Week 2 (4/13/2021, 7 PM ET): Jazz in New Orleans – The mechanics of the New Orleans Polyphony in context of New Orleans culture (music by King Oliver, The Original Dixieland Jazz Band, and others)
Week 3 (4/20/2021, 7 PM ET): The Jazz Age – Hot Dance bands and small groups on records in the 1920s. (Music of Fletcher Henderson, Louis Armstrong, and others)
Week 4 (4/27/2021, 7 PM ET): The Swing Era – Big bands ruled the earth, the charts, and the airwaves (Music by Benny Goodman and Billie Holiday)
Week 5 (5/4/2021, 7 PM ET): Bebop – The intense new groove of the 1940s (Music by Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie)
Week 6 (5/11/2021, 7 PM ET): Expansion – The new variants and ideas of the 1950s (Music by Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, and others)
Week 7 (5/18/2021, 7 PM ET): Fusions – The blending of Jazz with Rock, Latin music, and Classical (Music by Machito, John Lewis, and others)
Week 8 (5/25/2021, 7 PM ET): Jazz Today – Jazz up to now (Music of Quincy Jones, Cassandra Wilson, and others)
Resounding is partnering with Radial Park to present five in-person live immersive audio plays with live actors over five weeks, including a remount of the company’s popular Treasure Island, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, a new ghost thriller, Beyond The Veil, and an unauthorized parody in iambic pentameter of a classic film script, Clu-eth, and the musical Triassic Parq with the original off-Broadway cast.
Don’t Let It Slip Through Your Fingers is acrylic painted and assembled work that is inspired by the loss of a cherished object. Objects are endowed with the power of reference to memories, philosophies and in some cases, spiritual connection. Very often when an object is lost, so too are the memories that they inspire. This work is to honor those memories and experiences by memorializing what was lost.
Dario Mohr is a New York City-based interdisciplinary artist. Born in 1988, Mohr received a BFA from Buffalo State College and an MFA from The City College of New York. He creates interactive sanctuary experiences using an interdisciplinary approach. In addition to work created in painting, sculpture, or made digitally, he often includes assembled objects to build immersive “sacred spaces”. These often exist in unexpected places, using mundane objects. Because objects are endowed with the significance that the viewer blesses them with, his work can provide a lot of space for divergent perspectives and interpretations. The recycling of old work is also fundamental to Mohr’s practice. You will see previously created paintings and sculptures as well as the reuse of objects, textiles, cushions, and other elements in future works. Sometimes a previously used item provides the perfect juxtaposition to enhance or add depth to new explorations. In addition to his individual art practice, he is also the founder and Director of AnkhLave Arts Alliance, Inc. which is a non-profit for the recognition and representation of BIPOC artists in contemporary art.
The Qoyas are bringing a Jarana de Rompe y Raja to NYC. Jaranas Peruanas are parties that are all about having fun and enjoying the moment with good food, drinks, and music!
Think of it as a Pop-Up of a Peña Peruana on a rooftop in the heart of Queens! Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind Peruvian experience!
Celebrate the publication of Rob MacKay’s new book, Historic Houses of Queens. Dive through the history of your favorite borough and discover the little-known history of impressive locations.
Rob MacKay is a longtime, award-winning community journalist who currently works for the Queens Economic Development Corporation. As part of his job, he operates various social media channels that promote the borough’s restaurants, shops, and tourism attractions. His interest in writing this book grew organically—and intensely—after he became a trustee of the Queens Historical Society.
“Cada Cabesa Es Un Mundo,” a phrase often used by one of Diego’s Uncles in the Dominican Republic, is offered as a framing for the sculptures in this exhibition. Concerned with the lineage and evolution of Spanish Caribbean mask-making and culture, Diego Espaillat seeks to insert himself into the often-changing art form by working through the forms in his personal fashion.
The mask-making histories are relatively new, still evolving, and grow out of a mix of traditions, including Spanish Catholic holidays and Yoruba spirituality. In creating these pieces, Diego uses the laborious traditional paper mache process, reframed through his own creative style. These masks are not made to be worn, they are instead sculptural objects. By committing himself to the specific lineage of this metamorphic art form as a diasporic member of Dominican culture, Diego adds his lived experience to this unfolding tradition and explores his own identity through process.
The ceramic pieces in the exhibition are situated in the long tradition of earthenware and recognizing that Spanish-American-Caribbean culture remains connected to its pre-Colombian roots. Again, Diego seeks to develop novel understandings of tradition by engaging with form, process, and history from a personal perspective.
Diego Espaillat, born in 1994 graduated from Lyme Academy College in 2017. He currently lives and works in New York City. Diego is a sculptor whose work is inspired by objects and activities that collide between the Caribbean & New York.
Gallery Dates: May 14 – 16
Saturday, May 15, 3 – 6 pm
At the Windmill Community Garden
Friday, May 14, 5 – 8 pm
Sat & Sunday, May 15 & 16, 1 – 6pm
Artist Talk via zoom
Wednesday, May 19, 7 pm EST
Join Flux Factory Artist-in-Residence Diego Espaillat for the culminating exhibition of his Residency.