Queens Jazz roots run deep

The timbre of Dizzy Gillespie’s trumpet and the vibrato of Ella Fitzgerald’s voice come alive this month as the spirited style of Jazz music and culture ignites at Resorts World Casino New York City in celebration of Black History Month.

The brand new entertainment complex plans to celebrate Black History Month by featuring an exhibit of famous Jazz musicians who have roots in Queens. Hosted in Resorts World’s Times Square Casino Atrium, the display is set to run through Saturday, March 3.

“Our Queens community is well known for its impact on jazz music and culture. We are proud to join in that tradition and provide an exciting and unique experience for guests,” said Michael Speller, president of Resorts World. “We have embraced the diversity of this community, with 91 percent of our employees being people of color or women.”

Attendees can stroll through the demonstration, decorated with portraits of Jazz legends, such as Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday, each of whom contributed to the rich cultural diversity of Queens.

Alongside these images, visitors can trace the Queens Jazz trail using the illustrated timeline.

Guests can also admire works of contemporary art, created by several of the city’s most prominent African American artists, including Frank Frazier, Brent Bailer, Willie Torbert and Sir Shadow.

This event is a combined effort between Resorts World and several local organizations, including the Council for Airport Opportunity (CAO), the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL), the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (GJDC), York College, Flushing Town Hall and the Flushing Council on Culture and Arts.

For more information, visit www.rwnewyork.com.

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