#PickoftheWeek | Enjoy National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters on Friday
BY QEDC It's In Queens
It takes a great band with a great leader to properly honor a great composer.
Jimmy Heath, a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, will lead the Queens Jazz Orchestra in a loving musical tribute to another National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, Sonny Rollins, at Flushing Town Hall on Friday, June 9, at 8 pm.
The ensemble will perform special arrangements of classic compositions by Rollins, including “Oleo” and “St. Thomas” and selections from his albums Tenor Madness and Saxophone Colossus. Plus, Heath will provide special commentary at the end of the show.
Rollins has been a world-leading tenor saxophonist for 75 years. He has recorded at least 60 albums as a leader, and many of his compositions have become jazz standards. Meanwhile, Heath, who lives in Flushing, has performed on more than 100 record albums and written more than 125 compositions, many of which have become jazz standards, too.
Heath and Rollins have been friends and collaborators since 1950. Due to illness, Rollins is no longer able to perform like he once did, so it was an easy choice for Heath to dedicate a show to his buddy.
General admission is $42, but students pay $20 and teenagers can enter for free. For $125, attendees can reserve a table for two with wine and snacks.
Heath leads the Queens Jazz Orchestra. Other members are Antonio Hart and Mark Gross on alto/soprano sax; Bobby LaVell and Sam Dillon on tenor sax; Gary Smulyan on bari sax; John Mosca, Steve Davis, and Jason Jackson on trombone; Douglas Purveyance on bass trombone; Frank Greene, Michael Mossman, Greg Gisbert and Diego Urcola on trumpet; Jeb Patton on piano; David Wong on bass; and Evan Sherman on drums.
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Top image: Flushing Town Hall; bottom image: John Abbot