Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: The George Gee Swing Orchestra at Flushing Town Hall

ImageGenOctober 13, 2017 | 8 PM

“It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing,” goes the eternal lyric. The George Gee Swing Orchestra’s brand of big-band music delivers plenty of swing, rocking rhythms, and razor sharp musicianship to set pulses racing. Bandleader Gee honors the great swing tradition immortalized by Glenn Miller, Count Basie, and (of course) Duke Ellington, but puts his own stamp on the music. The band’s latest album is called Swing Makes You Happy—just hear them and you will smile.

Free

Flushing Town Hall
Main Theater
137-35 Northern Boulevard | Queens

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Jay Rodriguez – Harlem Jazz Series

October 24, 2017 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Jay Rodriguez is a Grammy-nominated Saxophonist, Flautist, Clarinetist, Film Composer, Producer and Arranger. He studied under a full scholarship at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, co-founded by Arnie Lawrence, who said, “Mr. Rodriguez is … a visionary… and a true light to hear and see.” Jay is the consummate artist; his resume reads like a Who’s Who of the music world. He has performed, produced recorded and/or arranged for a variety of artists and taught/lectured all over the world. Jay co-founded the NYC phenomenon, the Groove Collective, which influenced many modern hip hop and dance music bands.  Today’s performance is Soul Inflections – featuring new compositions for clarinet, flute and saxophones.

1st set: 12pm – 12:45pm (15 min break) 2nd Set: 1pm – 1:45pm

House doors open at 11am

Price: $15

Rituals of Peace – Elektra Kurtis and The Ensemble Elektra

Elektra KurtisSeptember 19, 2017 7:30pm – 9:15pm

In September 2017, violinist/composer Elektra Kurtis joins her Ensemble Elektra to bring their Rituals for Peace concert series to New York City, for performances that showcase the violinist’s unique blending of musical and cultural styles. Kurtis, whose music is described as “profound yearning, ecstatic wailing and an aching beauty” ( All About Jazz ), brings a sonic language that reflects her Greek origins, musical upbringing in Poland, and further studies in Finland.

Rituals for Peace will be performed at NYC’s Cornelia Street Cafe on September 5, and at Symphony Space on September 19 . The concert series, which culminates at the Symphony Space event, explores the intersections of classical and jazz traditions, equally drawing from music of Polish, Greek and Arabic origins.

The events will feature world premiere performances of Kurtis’ works Wholetone
Games and Hera. In addition to building bridges through music, the performers will invite audience members to participate in live communal “rituals for peace.” Elektra Kurtis, violin;  Curtis Stewart, violin;  Lefteris Bournias, clarinet;  Bradley Jones, bass;  Reggie Nicholson, drums

Cost: $27; $30 Day of Show; Seniors, Students, Children $15. 

Symphony Space – Leonard Nimoy Thalia
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York NY 10025 US

Harlem Meer Performance Festival: Boricua Legends

boricualegends.jpgSeptember 3, 2017 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Salsa Dura/Bailable

Boricua Legends, created by world-renowned percussionist and producer, Pedro “Pocholo” Segundo, is comprised of world-class musicians and singers that cater to an audience that enjoys dancing to the rhythms of salsa dura.

Sundays, June 18, 2017 – September 3, 2017, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues)

FREE

The 24th annual Harlem Meer Performance Festival brings the best local talent in music and dance to Central Park! Enjoy jazz, Latin, world, and gospel music while admiring the lakeside views. All ages are welcome.

Rituals of Peace – Elektra Kurtis and The Ensemble Elektra

Elektra KurtisSeptember 5, 2017 6:00pm – 8:00pm

In September 2017, violinist/composer Elektra Kurtis joins her Ensemble Elektra to bring their Rituals for Peace concert series to New York City, for performances that showcase the violinist’s unique blending of musical and cultural styles. Kurtis, whose music is described as “profound yearning, ecstatic wailing and an

aching beauty” ( All About Jazz ), brings a sonic language that reflects her Greek origins, musical upbringing in Poland, and further studies in Finland.

Rituals for Peace will be performed at NYC’s Cornelia Street Cafe on September 5, and at Symphony Space on September 19 . The concert series, which culminates at the Symphony Space event, explores the intersections of classical and jazz traditions, equally drawing from music of Polish, Greek and Arabic origins.

The events will feature world premiere performances of Kurtis’ works Wholetone

Games and Hera. In addition to building bridges through music, the performers will invite audience members to participate in live communal “rituals for peace.” Elektra Kurtis, violin;  Curtis Stewart, violin;  Lefteris Bournias, clarinet;  Bradley Jones, bass;  Reggie Nicholson, drums

Cost: $10 cover and $10 minimum.

Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street New York NY 10014 U.S.

Jazzmobile – Sonny Fortune Quartet – SummerFest Closing Concert

Sonny_Fortune_Quartet_-_Jazzmobile_-_August_30_2017.jpgAugust 30, 2017 7:00pm – 8:30pm

When critics speak of Sonny Fortune, names like Coltrane, Cannonball, Young, Bechet, Hawkins, and Parker are mentioned. Quite a legacy – but well-deserved – for Sonny Fortune embodies all of the finest qualities of those late, great musicians: hard work, dedication to his art, and exceptional music. Lucky for us, Sonny is still here and blowing hard. “Of all of Trane’s lasting contributions, perhaps the greatest to the future of improvised music was his example of spiritual integrity and physical drive. Sonny blows with both.” – Howard Mandel

Cost: FREE!

Grant’s Tomb – General Grant National Memorial
Riverside Drive and 122nd Street New York NY 10027 US

Harlem Meer Performance Festival: Anthony Morgan Gospel Ensemble

anthonymorgangospel.jpgAugust 27, 2017 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Gospel

Led by the former lead singer of the internationally known Harlem Gospel Choir, the Anthony Morgan Gospel Ensemble presents music that transcends and transforms the human spirit.

Sundays, June 18, 2017 – September 3, 2017, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues)

FREE

The 24th annual Harlem Meer Performance Festival brings the best local talent in music and dance to Central Park! Enjoy jazz, Latin, world, and gospel music while admiring the lakeside views. All ages are welcome.