Jihye Lee Quintet: Rest in the Arms of Motherlands
FRI, MAY 21, 2021 7:00 PM
The concert will be performed and streamed LIVE from Flushing Town Hall Theater and you can watch live on Flushing Town Hall’s YouTube channel.
For Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, composer/arranger Jihye Lee brings her first, all-female, Korean jazz quintet to Flushing Town Hall to perform an elegy for victims of anti-Asian hate crimes, including a special dedication to the women of the recent tragedy in Atlanta, GA. Lee will present her original compositions as well as arrangements of well-known songs.
Taking their name from the word for heart in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, OKAN, is a women-led ensemble that fuses Afro-Cuban roots with jazz, folk and global rhythms in songs about immigration, courage and love. OKAN is an award-winning contemporary Afro-Cuban roots and jazz duo.
Moskitto Bar is a unique sound created in the multi-cultural hub of Toronto. Moskitto Bar defines the new sound. A combination of original and with a new mix of Ukrainian, Balkan, Iraqi Middle-Eastern and French Celtic music. The project was initiated by Tangi Ropars when he met newcomers Yura, from Ukraine, and Ahmed, from Iraq. In June 2016, during a gathering in Northern Ontario, they met every day in the woods to share and teach each other their respective melodies and rhythms. As they were playing, the rural Ontario mosquitos, were joyfully feasting on the multicultural group inspiring their eponymous name. Almost two years later, the trio connected with the notable violin player, Fethi Nadjem freshly landed for Algeria, adding his flavour to the sound mix. More than the music, despite their diverse traditions, political and social stories, they share a deeper connection, a mutual love and respect for each other and a common desire to spread messages of unity.
Tickets: $10 for individual sessions/dates; $56 for All 8 Classes
Tickets may be purchased for all 8 sessions (choose the All 8 sessions ticket on April 6) or for individual sessions/dates.
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)
David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band "Remembering The Past and Celebrating The Future"
FRI, APR 30, 2021 7:00 PM
The concert will be performed and streamed LIVE from Flushing Town Hall Theater on April 30th at 7 PM ET and you can watch live on Flushing Town Hall’s YouTube channel. Buy tickets only at $5 to receive the live link and get a reminder!
In celebration of International Jazz Day, Flushing Town Hall presents a LIVE streaming from our stage featuring David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band. Since 1980, this acoustically electrifying group has appeared nationally and internationally in varied settings - currently in the twentieth year of its open-ended weekly Wednesday evening engagement at New York City’s Birdland, at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer’s Night Swing, at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, at Jazz in July at the 92nd Street Y, at Lionel Hampton’s New Orleans-style funeral procession, and at four appearances at Scotland’s Nairn International Jazz Festival. The band’s guest musicians have included Wynton Marsalis, Dick Hyman, Jon Hendricks, Clark Terry, Jon Faddis, and blues great Big Joe Turner, whose recording with the band, one of five it has made, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1986.
Moderated by FTH's Jazz Producer Clyde Bullard, a live Q&A will follow the performance with David Ostwald answering questions from virtual audience.
"Songbirds"- Remembering Minnie Riperton, Shirley Horn and Joni Mitchell
FRI, MAR 26, 2021 7:00 PM
The concert will be performed and streamed LIVE from Flushing Town Hall Theater on March 26th at 7 PM ET and you can watch live on Flushing Town Hall’s YouTube channel. Buy tickets only at $5 to receive the live link and get a reminder!
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Flushing Town Hall is proud to present "Songbirds,” featuring the music of Minnie Riperton, Shirley Horn and Joni Mitchell, performed by the Mala Waldron Quartet. "Songbirds" is a beautiful journey into a not so distant past made popular by Minnie Riperton, Shirley Horn and Joni Mitchell, filled with memorable music and song.
The Mala Waldron Quartet Features:
Mala Waldron - Piano and Vocals
Steve Salerno – Guitar
Michael T.A. Thompson – Drums
Gene Torres – Bass
Moderated by FTH's Jazz Producer Clyde Bullard, a live Q&A will follow the performance with Mala Waldron answering questions from virtual audience.
Meet the Artist will be on Zoom at 6 PM ET followed by Facebook Premiere performance at 6:30 PM EST. (RSVP to receive both links and reminder)
Steelpanist Victor Provost and pianist Alex Brown co-lead a quartet that marries Jazz sensibilities with Caribbean swagger. Roots rhythms, swing, and soaring improvisations abound and the Trinidadian steelpan takes center stage as the quartet features original compositions alongside the beloved music of Chick Correa, Bob Marley, Vince Mendoza, and more.
Join us in the Connection Café for an evening full of the greatest love songs - headlined by our Founder and Broadway performer, Stephane Duret!
This digital performance will be both Open Captioned & ASL Interpreted. Additional performances by Rachel K. Haines, Chris Ignacio, Tyler Bellinger, Darkness Rising,Tyrone Davis Jr., Melody Betts,and of courseKaiser himself. More performers will be announced soon so get your ticket today!
About The Performers
Rachel K. Haines is a background and session vocalist based in Brooklyn, NY. Her past work includes diverse commercial, session, demo and live performance work in various genres such as pop, jazz, indie rock, punk, reggae, R&B and more. She is also the lead vocalist in the dream-pop duo Rush Week and has been signed to Elefant Records since 2017. Rush Week has had two songs featured in the popular Netflix series Elite and the new Netflix series The Mess You Leave Behind. Their sophomore album Past Lives was recently released in June 2020.
Tyler James Bellinger of the band KNGDAVD has amassed over 5 million plays on Spotify. KNGDAVD’s single, ‘Blood on Our Hands’ has been featured in Guiness’ 200th anniversary commercials, and the trailer for the new movie “The Public.” KNGDAVD’s single "You Never Know" was featured in the Marvel TV show Cloak and Dagger, and their song "Say My Name" is featured in the new season of Netflix's “Lucifer.” Bellinger wrote Australian singer Meg Mac's US Single "Don't Need Permission" and Spanish pop artist Blas Canto’s song "Save Me". Bellinger’s single “Giving You Up” was featured on NBC’s “Songland” and recently passed 5 million plays, as well as being featured on Apple Music’s “A List Pop” and “Today’s Easy Hits” playlists. Bellinger is currently writing for Rozes’ new album and has a track on the new Robin Schulz album coming in fall 2020.
Kaiser Ghausi is a singer/songwriter who has recently released his first album called "Dreams for Musicians." In July, Kaiser played live for the first time in an outdoor performance at his summer camp. It was a success and his songs were well received! Kaiser continues to create music as he is planning to release his second album “Changes in your Life” by early 2021. You can listen to his music on Spotify, iTunes and his YouTube channel.