Flushing Town Hall celebrates 15 years of NEA Jazz Masters concerts with music by Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver
Fifteen years ago, Flushing Town Hall launched the wonderful tradition of hosting the famous NEA Jazz Masters on its stage, a title awarded to the world’s greatest jazz musicians. On November 12, 2021 at 8 p.m., both in-person and virtual audiences are invited to celebrate the 15th anniversary of this tradition with NEA Jazz Masters: The Music of Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver, two of the greatest pianists and composers in the history of the jazz.
Five eminent NEA jazz masters – Jimmy Owens, Kenny Barron, Sheila Jordan, Billy Hart and Donald Harrison – will be joined by American bassist Kenny Davis and a special and surprise guest artist to perform live, all together on one stage for the first time “We are delighted to present this historic concert with such an incredible lineup from America’s most honored jazz musicians. It will certainly be a one of a kind evening,” said Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director of Flushing . Town Hall.The very first NEA Jazz Masters concert at Flushing Town Hall was held on November 17, 2006 and featured three NEA Jazz Masters, Jimmy Heath (saxophone), Clark Terry (trumpet) and Dr. Billy Taylor (piano) – as well as talented jazz veterans Earl May, Benny Powell and Albert âTootieâ Heath, who went on to be awarded the NEA Jazz Masters title in 2021. Sadly, all but one Albert âTootieâ Heath have since passed away.The most recent NEA Jazz Masters gathering at Flushing Town Hall was on November 8, 2019 for a sold-out house, ahead of the pandemic’s arrival, closing performance venues for over a year, and included Candido Camero (congas), Paquito D’Rivera (saxophone, clarinet), Barry Harris (piano), Jimmy Owens (trumpet), Jimmy Cobb (drums) and Reggie Workman (bass). This year’s concert on November 12 features five NEA Jazz Masters, the highest national distinction in jazz, including Jimmy Owens (2012 NEA Jazz Master) on trumpet, Kenny Barron (2010 NEA Jazz Master) on piano, Sheila Jordan (2012 NEA Jazz Master) on vocals, Billy Hart (2022 NEA Jazz Master) on drums and Donald Harrison (2022 NEA Jazz Master) on saxophone, joined by Kenny Davis on bass. A special surprise guest artist will be announced! For full biographies of all the performers, visit https://www.arts.gov/honors/jazz/list. Flushing Town Hall jazz producer-in-residence Clyde Bullard says: jazz gospel “- and it’s exactly what Jimmy Owens and Flushing Town Hall are doing with this upcoming gig! We’re keeping jazz gospel alive. “Legendary jazz master Jimmy Owens organized the program and exceptional lineup for this momentous evening with Flushing Town Hall jazz producer-in-residence Clyde Bullard. Master Owens (trumpet, bugle) has over forty-five years of experience as a jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, lecturer and consultant in music education. His experience spans a wide range of international musical achievements, which includes extensive work as a studio musician, soloist, conductor and composer of orchestral compositions, film scores and ballets. Owens is one of the few trumpeters of his generation to have performed as a sideman with such extraordinary jazz leaders as Lionel Hampton, Hank Crawford, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, Duke Ellington, Billy Taylor and Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Band, among others. âI feel honored to work with these incredibly talented and passionate NEA Jazz Masters to create unforgettable musical moments in honor of Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver,â said Jimmy Owens, NEA Jazz Master, who developed the theme and the programming of this concert. “I’m delighted to finally be back on the welcoming stage of Flushing Town Hall and delivering that feel-good jazz that will make audiences want to dance for them.”The concert will feature iconic jazz tunes such as “Round Midnight”, “Straight No Chaser”, “In Walked Bud”, “Blue Monk” from the Monk catalog and “Song For My Father”, “Soulville” and “The Preacher âfrom the Horace Silver catalog and much more. In-person tickets cost $ 45 / $ 35 for members / $ 20 for students. Those who cannot attend in person can still join the livestream and connect virtually. Virtual tickets cost $ 15 / $ 10 for members. For tickets and more information, visit www.FlushingTownHall.org or call (718) 463-7700 x222.