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Jason Moran & Tyshawn Sorey – Jamaica Downtown Festival
Jason Moran & Tyshawn Sorey – Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Jamaica Arts Center
Jul 12 all-day
Jason Moran & Tyshawn Sorey - Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Jamaica Arts Center | New York | United States
In this dream collaboration, two of American music’s brightest and most adventurous modern minds, Tyshawn Sorey and Jason Moran, collaborate to pay tribute to Milford Graves and kick off the inaugural season for the Jamaica Downtown Jazz Festival.
Keith Jordon – Jamaica Downtown Festival
Keith Jordon – Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Queens Central Library
Jul 12 all-day
Keith Jordon - Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Queens Central Library | New York | United States
Born in Brooklyn, raised in Jamaica, Queens, jazz musician Keith Jordan writes, produces and perform music in the tri-state area. He also teaches music at Francis Lewis High School in Queens.
Milford Graves Full Mantis – Jamaica Downtown Festival
Milford Graves Full Mantis – Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Jamaica Arts Center
Jul 12 all-day
Milford Graves Full Mantis - Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Jamaica Arts Center | New York | United States
MILFORD GRAVES FULL MANTIS is a portrait of renowned percussionist Milford Graves, exploring his kaleidoscopic creativity and relentless curiosity.
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Camille Thurman with the Darrell Green Trio – Jamaica Downtown Festival
Camille Thurman with the Darrell Green Trio – Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Jamaica Arts Center Gallery
Jul 13 all-day
Camille Thurman with the Darrell Green Trio - Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Jamaica Arts Center Gallery | New York | United States
Acclaimed by Downbeat Magazine as a “rising star” singer with “soulful inflection and remarkable, Fitzgerald-esque scat prowess” and hailed by All About Jazz as a “first class saxophonist that blows the proverbial roof of the place”, Camille Thurman has been amazing audiences throughout the world with her impeccable sound, remarkable vocal virtuosity and captivating artistry.
Giveton Gelin – Jamaica Downtown Festival
Giveton Gelin – Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Jamaica Arts Center theater
Jul 13 all-day
Giveton Gelin - Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Jamaica Arts Center theater | New York | United States
Giveton has received mentoring from some of the world’s greatest jazz musicians including Wynton Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Eddie Henderson, Barry Harris, Jason Moran, Ralph Peterson, Roy Hargrove and much more. Giveton continues to excel in his musical growth. He now attends the Oberlin Conservatory of Music on a full scholarship.
JAZZWALK guided tour
JAZZWALK guided tour @ Pick up and drop off @ Jamaica Arts Center
Jul 13 all-day
JAZZWALK guided tour @ Pick up and drop off @ Jamaica Arts Center | New York | United States
A guided walking tour will be available for participants to learn about all the great jazz history from the “home of jazz”. The 1.5 hour van tour will lay it all out for you—from the Great Migration out of the South after World War I and the spread of jazz from New Orleans; to how
Kendra Shank – Jamaica Downtown Festival
Kendra Shank – Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Jamaica Performing Arts Center front lawn
Jul 13 all-day
Kendra Shank - Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Jamaica Performing Arts Center front lawn | New York | United States
Hailed by The New York Times as a “superbly skilled vocalist” and an artist of “effervescence, depth,” and “integrity” (Nate Chinen), she headlines at top venues across the U.S. and abroad, captivating audiences with her genuine warmth and musicality. Shank combines jazz originals, standards, world music, French songs, folk/pop tunes, and open improvisation in an
Napoleon Revels-Bey – Jamaica Downtown Festival
Napoleon Revels-Bey – Jamaica Downtown Festival @ King Manor Museum
Jul 13 all-day
Napoleon Revels-Bey - Jamaica Downtown Festival @ King Manor Museum | New York | United States
Much sought after as a musician in the worlds of Broadway, Soul and Jazz, Napoleon Ravels-Bey has done percussion on the Broadway productions of Jelly’s Last Jam, West Side Story, Bubblin’ Brown Sugar, Dancin’, Ain’t Mis’Behavin, and Eubie. His world-class achievements have brought him to jazz festivals in Europe and Japan.
Secret Mall – Jamaica Downtown Festival
Secret Mall – Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Jamaica Performing Arts Center front lawn
Jul 13 all-day
Secret Mall - Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Jamaica Performing Arts Center front lawn | New York | United States
Secret Mall was formed in the summer of 2016 by four young New York based musicians looking to combine their musical upbringing in jazz with their similar senses of humor and fascination with internet culture. The strong camaraderie present in Secret Mall allows the music to flow into many different places, making each presentation the
Simona Premazzi – Jamaica Downtown Festival
Simona Premazzi – Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Jamaica Arts Center gallery
Jul 13 all-day
Simona Premazzi - Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Jamaica Arts Center gallery | New York | United States
New York based pianist Simona Premazzi has developed an impressive body of work as a composer and bandleader. Originally from Italy, Premazzi hails from a small town in the outskirts of Milano, where she began playing piano at age 8. A gifted musician, Simona is a graduate of the conservatory of music in Udine. She
The Amazing Grace – Jamaica Downtown Festival
The Amazing Grace – Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Jamaica Performing Arts Center
Jul 13 all-day
The Amazing Grace - Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Jamaica Performing Arts Center | New York | United States
A never seen before concert documentary film directed by Sydney Pollack and later realized by producer Alan Elliott, features Aretha Franklin recording her 1972 live album of the same name.
York College Alumni Combo – Jamaica Downtown Festival
York College Alumni Combo – Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Queens Central Library
Jul 13 all-day
York College Alumni Combo - Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Queens Central Library | New York | United States
The York College Alumni Combo showcases graduates from the York College music program. The group performs styles ranging from jazz to Latin to pop and beyond. Under the direction of Dr. Tom Zlabinger, the combo performs regularly at events on campus and across the city.
Family Fun On The Ave 11:00 am
Family Fun On The Ave @ Jamaica Avenue between Parsons Blvd and 162nd Street
Jul 13 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Family Fun On The Ave @ Jamaica Avenue between Parsons Blvd and 162nd Street | New York | New York | United States
Weekend Walks comes to Downtown Jamaica for the first time ever! On Saturday, July 13 on Jamaica Avenue (Parsons to 162nd Street) we’ll enliven the street with games and activities for kids and families. Slated Activities will include musical performances, life-sized games, a mini-golf course, dance classes, kids’ corner (including hands-on science and reading activities
Morgan Guerin – Jamaica Downtown Festival 4:00 pm
Morgan Guerin – Jamaica Downtown Festival @ King Manor Museum
Jul 13 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Morgan Guerin - Jamaica Downtown Festival @ King Manor Museum | New York | United States
Morgan Guerin is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, composer, and engineer. He has performed with such notables as Terri Lyne Carrington, Ellis Marsalis, Tyshawn Sorey, Esperanza Spalding, Jimmy Cobb, Nicholas Payton, Christian Scott, Stefon Harris, Allen Toussaint, Freddy Cole, Russell Gunn, Amina Figarova, Wallace Roney, and Buster Williams. The Huffington Post named Morgan’s first album, “The Saga”
Jonathan Finlayson – Jamaica Downtown Festival 5:00 pm
Jonathan Finlayson – Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Jamaica Arts Center theater
Jul 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Jonathan Finlayson - Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Jamaica Arts Center theater | New York | United States
Born in 1982 in Berkeley, CA, Finlayson began playing the trumpet at the age of ten in the Oakland public school system. Finlayson is a disciple of the saxophonist/composer/conceptualist Steve Coleman, having joined his band Five Elements in 2000 at the age of 18. He is widely admired for his ability to tackle cutting-edge musical
Milford Graves, Don Byron and Alchemy Sound Project – Jamaica Downtown Festival 7:00 pm
Milford Graves, Don Byron and Alchemy Sound Project – Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Jamaica Performing Arts Center front lawn
Jul 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Milford Graves, Don Byron and Alchemy Sound Project - Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Jamaica Performing Arts Center front lawn | New York | United States
Main stage concert features legendary Milford Graves, born and raised in Southeast Queens. Graves is an American jazz drummer and percussionist, most noteworthy for his early avant-garde contributions in the 1960s with Paul Bley and the New York Art Quartet alongside John Tchicai, Roswell Rudd, and Reggie Workman. He is considered to be a free
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JazzWalk: a guided tour – Jamaica Downtown Festival 10:00 am
JazzWalk: a guided tour – Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Pick up and drop off @ Jamaica Arts Center
Jul 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
JazzWalk: a guided tour - Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Pick up and drop off @ Jamaica Arts Center | New York | United States
A guided walking tour will be available for participants to learn about all the great jazz history from the “home of jazz”. The 1.5 hour van tour will lay it all out for you—from the Great Migration out of the South after World War I and the spread of jazz from New Orleans; to how
Tomoko Omura – Jamaica Downtown Festival 2:00 pm
Tomoko Omura – Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Jamaica Arts Center gallery
Jul 14 @ 2:00 pm
Tomoko Omura - Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Jamaica Arts Center gallery | New York | United States
Tomoko Omura is among today’s leading voices in jazz violin. “Roots”, her debut album for Inner Circle Music, is a compelling tribute to her native Japan, featuring original arrangements of ten classic Japanese folk and popular songs. Downbeat magazine calls Tomoko “a leader with a fine future”, awarding “Roots” 4 and a half stars.
Chris Morrissey – Jamaica Downtown Festival 3:00 pm
Chris Morrissey – Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Jamaica Arts Center theater
Jul 14 @ 3:00 pm
Chris Morrissey - Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Jamaica Arts Center theater | New York | United States
Chris Morrissey is a songwriter, a bassist, a singer. As a bassist, he has toured five continents with the Jim Campilongo Trio, Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet, Beat Music, Dave King Trucking Company, Margaret Glaspy, Boy George, Ben Kweller, Andrew Bird, Dosh, Mason Jennings, Gretchen Parlato, Trixie Whitley, Rosanne Cash, Matisyahu, Gabriel Kahane, Amy Helm, Tony
Jarawa Brian Gray – Jamaica Downtown Festival 4:00 pm
Jarawa Brian Gray – Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Jamaica Arts Center gallery
Jul 14 @ 4:00 pm
Jarawa Brian Gray - Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Jamaica Arts Center gallery | New York | United States
A native New Havener, Jarawa has more than 30 years of successful experience as a Percussionist, songwriter, band leader and performing artist. He performs Natural Centric Drumming and the music of the African Diaspora. Jarawa has been is a featured artist on recordings by jazz greats Oliver Lake, Pheeroan Aklaff, Yosuke Yamashita, and The Visions
Flamenco Latino 5:00 pm
Flamenco Latino @ Jamaica Arts Center theater
Jul 14 @ 5:00 pm
Flamenco Latino @ Jamaica Arts Center theater | New York | United States
Flamenco Latino continues to explore its unique blend of flamenco rhythms with jazz improvisation and Latin flavors. This group features Basilio Georges on guitar/vocals, Aurora Reyes singing and hand-clapping, Guillermo Barron on percussion and Eden Bareket playing baritone saxophone. The program will include original music and diverse themes by Chic Corea, Paco de Lucia and
Roopa Mahadevan 6:00 pm
Roopa Mahadevan @ Jamaica Arts Center gallery
Jul 14 @ 6:00 pm
Roopa Mahadevan @ Jamaica Arts Center gallery | New York | United States
Roopa Mahadevan is known for her powerful and emotive voice. At home in many eras and styles, Roopa Mahadevan is versatile among Carnatic (South Indian classical) performers, bringing the art form and her explorations in genre, text, and theater to audiences in the U.S. India, and South Asian diaspora.
Pheeroan akLaff – Jamaica Downtown Festival 7:00 pm
Pheeroan akLaff – Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Jamaica Arts Center theater
Jul 14 @ 7:00 pm
Pheeroan akLaff - Jamaica Downtown Festival @ Jamaica Arts Center theater | New York | United States
American drum-set doyen and teaching artist Pheeroan akLaff reflects music centered in powerful ritual and imagination. He has performed at international festivals, and mulit-disciplined art venues for more than thirty years. He is an avid workshop leader and contributor to a milieu of mid-1970’s Avant Garde pioneers. Numerous recordings display his work bolstering a wide
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Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival 12:00 pm
Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival @ Roy Wilkins Park
Jul 21 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival @ Roy Wilkins Park | New York | United States
Stuff you belly with spicy jerk specialties while listening to live performances featuring the best reggae and soca jams. Prepare for your senses to be overwhelmed by more than 30 food vendors, a kids’ zone, chef demonstrations and tasting aplenty.
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41st Annual Thunderbird American Indian Powwow
41st Annual Thunderbird American Indian Powwow @ Queens County Farm Museum
Jul 26 – Jul 28 all-day
41st Annual Thunderbird American Indian Powwow @ Queens County Farm Museum | New York | United States
New York City’s largest and most dynamic Powwow will feature three days of intertribal Native American dance competitions. Over forty Indian Nations will be represented at this spectacular event. Performances include Hoop Dancers and Sunset Lighting of the Bonfire. A large selection of authentic Native American art, crafts, jewelry and food will be available for
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