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#PickoftheWeek | Simply put, it’s the best jazz concert of the year
Queens is about to host the all-star game.
Flushing Town Hall presents the first-ever Jazz Jam All-Stars concert on Sunday, Aug. 4, at 7:30 pm.
Borough proud, the 10 musicians who will take the stage hail from nine local neighborhoods. (Okay, one lives in Bethpage, Long Island.) They’ll play a lot of music by Louis Armstrong, who lived in Corona, and do plenty of improvisation.
Tickets are $20, but teenagers can attend for free as part of an ongoing promotion.
The event will actually begin with a reception at 6 pm. The talent will then assemble on Flushing Town Hall’s front steps for a photo echoing the famed “A Great Day in Harlem” photo that featured 57 jazz musicians in front of a Harlem brownstone in 1958 and the related “A Great Day in Queens” photo from 2018. Then the jam will begin.
Flushing Town Hall convened a special panel to judge local talent and select these all stars. They are among the hundreds of musicians who regularly participate in the Monthly Jazz Jam, an informal program on the first Wednesday evening every month during which musicians simply show up and play together.
Here are the stars:
Sharif Kales, trumpet, Flushing;
Sarah Turkiew, baritone saxophone, Bethpage;
Keith Jordan, guitar, Hollis Hills;
Iga Flyree Mrozek, vocals, Jackson Heights;
Frank Robinson, vocals, Jamaica;
Gary Davis, vocals, East Elmhurst;
Jose Luis Armengot, trumpet, Rego Park;
Victor Acosta, alto saxophone, Kew Gardens;
Glen Lowe, drums, Corona; and
Mamoru Tashiro, guitar, Astoria.
Carol Sudhalter, an Astoria resident who leads the venue’s house band and plays flute, sax, clarinet, and piano, will serve as the master of ceremonies. House band members Joe Vincent Tranchina, Eric Lemon, Scott Neumann, and she will perform, too.
“This concert is a landmark event in the history of jazz in Queens,” Sudhalter said. “No one should miss this presentation of some of our most promising artists.”
Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Images: Flushing Town Hall