The historic borough of Queens has an illustrious history, which is linked to the development of Jazz. Queens was the home of Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Bix Beiderbecke, John Coltrane, Fats Waller and is still the home of evergreen Tony Bennett, Sadly many of those giants are gone but most people don't realize that deeply nestled in the neighborhood of Long Island City is a community of very talented jazz musicians of all sorts of styles and stripes. Even more surprising is that there have been almost no opportunities or forums for them to get together so audiences can acknowledge and celebrate their art...until now!
The event, co-sponsored by Gibson Guitars, Sweetleaf Coffee, Baldwin Pianos, Rockethub.com, EMI Music, Jazz 88.3 FM and Breadbox Cafe will feature performances by J. WALTER HAWKES, STEVE BLANCO, CHRISTIAN COLEMAN, NATALIA BERNAL, THE CLAUDE DIALLO SITUATION, ANTHONY CEKAY, ANDREA LOGATO, HIROMI SUDA, ARAM BAJAKIAN, NATALIA BERNAL, MARTIN KELLEY, DAVID SHENTON & ERIN SHIELDS!
The event begins at 11am. A $17.50 Festival Pass comes with FREE JAZZ BRUNCH (courtesy of Sweetleaf & Breadbox Cafe) plus unlimited access to all of the performances throughout the day and evening! Come early and feel free to leave and come back