The Queens Jazz OverGround will be holding its first annual Spring Jazz Fest at Flushing Town Hall this Saturday, April 27th from 12PM until 10:30PM. Thanks to the generosity of The Queens Council on the Arts, Flushing Town Hall, M&T Bank and a host of local businesses, we are proud to announce that this day of jazz is not expensive. In fact, it’s FREE, the only thing better than cheap (as Amanda Monaco always hastens to add).
The afternoon will start with a collage workshop for kids, performances by student bands from Queens starting at 12:30PM, as well as clinics and workshops aimed at the visiting students, culminating with Dr. Tom Zlabinger’s York College Jazz Ensemble from 5PM to 6PM.
The professional bands begin at 6PM, featuring some of the finest jazz Queens has to offer on two stages. Amanda Monaco’s Formula One will kick off the festivities upstairs in the theater at 6PM, followed by Josh Deutsch’s Pannonia at 7PM. The Mark Wade Trio will start things off downstairs in the gallery at 6:30PM, followed by Darius Jones’ Big Gurl Trio at 7:30. Our headliner, the legendary James Spaulding, will take the stage upstairs in the theater at 8PM. The Mike Baggetta Quartet will round out the evening in the gallery at 9PM and the Brian Woodruff Sextet will close out the festivities in the theater starting at 9:30PM.
We’re already looking forward to the support of all of our “peeps” here in Queens, and we would like to thank them for their past support as well. For those of you in New York City, we know it’s a long trip, but you can travel OverGround, in the sunlight, through the most diverse neighborhoods in the whole city to Roosevelt Ave, just one stop past Citi Field on the train that made John Rocker infamous. For those of you living outside the city, we’d like to reassure you that you can drive through the most diverse neighborhoods in the world and park in Flushing without taking out a home equity loan on your house. In fact, it’s only $3 an hour in the lot at 35-15 Farrington Street or $10.00 for 8 hours. There is free street parking to be found, but we don’t recommend it for out-of-towners, as the rules can be confounding. If driving isn’t your thing, one never has to in NYC. You may take the MTA to Grand Central instead and use the previously alluded to 7 train (see above). Once you get off the 7 train, take a right on Main Street and walk north to the end, where you’ll make a right on Northern Boulevard. Walk a block and a half, cross the street, and there it is! Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (corner of Linden), Flushing, NY. For those of you planning to make a day of it (or if you just get hungry), food will be sold on site by Cascarino’s of College Point.
We’re looking forward to seeing you there on Saturday. It’s the place to be in Queens!
Amanda Monaco, Mark Wade, Josh Deutsch and Brian Woodruff
The Queens Jazz OverGround (QJOG) is a collective of Queens-based musicians. QJOG stimulates a wider awareness of Queens as an important destination for live jazz, cultivates a diverse local audience, and enriches the cultural life of the borough. QJOG connects students and fans young and old with established Queens-based jazz musicians through performances, workshops, and festivals.