Flushing Town Hall celebrates 15 years of NEA Jazz Masters concerts with The Music of Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver on November 12
Fifteen years ago, Flushing Town Hall began the wonderful tradition of welcoming to its stage the famous NEA Jazz Masters, a title awarded to the world’s greatest jazz musicians. On November 12, 2021 at 8 p.m., the in-person and virtual audience 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 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 took place on November 17, 2006 and brought together three NEA Jazz Masters, Jimmy Heath (saxophone), Clark Terry (trumpet) and Dr. Billy Taylor (piano) —As well as the talented jazz veterans Earl May, Benny Powell and Albert “Tootie” Heath, who went on to receive the NEA Jazz Masters title in 2021. Sadly, all but one – Albert “Tootie” 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 country’s highest accolade 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 a full biography of all the artists, visit https://www.arts.gov/honors/jazz/list.
Clyde Bullard, Flushing Town Hall jazz producer in residence, says: “The late NEA jazz master Phil Schaap has often spoken of ‘spreading the jazz gospel’ – and that’s exactly what Jimmy Owens and Flushing Town Hall are doing with this next concert! We keep the 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 the Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Band, among others. .
“I 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,” says NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Owens, who developed the theme and lineup for this concert. “I am delighted to finally return to the welcoming stage of Flushing Town Hall and deliver 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 ”from 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 ext 222.
In accordance with Mayor De Blasio’s Covid Policy for Performance Venues, Flushing City Hall will require all visitors, performers and staff to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination with corresponding ID. In addition, masks will be mandatory at all times. For more details on Flushing City Hall Covid security measures and vaccine requirements, please visit: https://www.flushingtownhall.org/covid-safety.
Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train, and foot — located a short distance from train 7 — at 137-35 Northern Blvd. in Flushing, Queens. Access for wheelchair users and people with reduced mobility is available.
The annual NEA Jazz Masters concert at Flushing Town Hall returns live to play the music of two of the greatest pianists in jazz history: Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver. This concert features five NEA Jazz Masters, the nation’s highest honor in jazz, including Jimmy Owens on trumpet, Kenny Barron on piano, Sheila Jordan on vocals, Billy Heart on drums and Donald Harrison on saxophone, joined by Kenny Davis on bass. A special surprise guest artist will be announced!
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