The joint will be jumping … and jumping … and jumping.

The Queens Jazz OverGround will host its annual Spring Jazz Fest at Flushing Town Hall on Saturday, April 14, from noon until a bit after 8 p.m.

Now in its sixth year, this eight-hour-plus celebration attracts the borough’s best established and emerging talent. Attendees can expect a diverse mix of performances and workshops by any equally diverse mix of musicians, including internationally renowned masters, professional ensembles, youth combos and even public school student bands.

Admission is free with no RSVP required, and attendees are welcome to sit in on any of the workshops and performances, which will take place in the Theatre and the Gallery as described and indicated below.

  • 12:45 p.m.: The Edward Bleeker School (aka J.H.S. 185 in Flushing) Band directed by Alex Jung in the Theatre.
  • 1:30 p.m.: Rhythm section clinic led by members of the Queens Jazz OverGround in the Gallery.
  • 1:30 p.m.: Improvisational clinic by members of the Queens Jazz OverGround in the Gallery’s green room.
  • 2:30 p.m.: York College Big Band directed by Thomas Zlabinger in the Theatre.
  • 3 p.m.: Jazz Triangle 65-77 with Haruna Fukuzawa (flute), Shu Odamura (guitar), and Aki Yamamoto (bass) in the Gallery.
  • 3:45 p.m.: Steve Kortyka Quartet with Kortyka (tenor saxophone), Broc Hempel (piano), Sam Trapchak (bass) and Christian Coleman (drums) in the Theatre.
  • 4:30 p.m.: Student jam session in the Gallery.
  • 6:15 p.m.: Francis Lewis High School Ensemble directed by Keith Jordan in the Theatre.
  • 6:45 p.m.: Daisuke Abe Quartet with Abe (guitar), Adam Hutcheson (alto saxophone), Peter Brendler (bass) and Mark Ferber (drums) in the Gallery.
  • 7:30 p.m.: Bogna Kicińska Quintet with Kicińska (vocals), Tomoko Omura (violin), Kuba Cochocki (piano), Edward Perez (bass) and Colin Stranahan (drums) in the Theatre.
  • 8 p.m.: Ron Horton & Hashem Assadullahi Quartet with Horton (trumpet), Assadullahi (alto saxophone), Sebastian Noelle (guitar) and Peter Brendler (bass) in the Gallery.
  • 8:45 p.m.: The OKB Trio with Oscar Perez (piano), Kuriko Tsugawa (bass) and Brian Woodruff (drums) in the Theatre.
Queens Jazz OverGround is a nonprofit collective that supports local musicians and promotes the genre in the borough, mostly by offering free or low-cost concerts.
Images: Flushing Town Hall


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