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Queens College Presents a Free Outdoor Jazz Festival on Campus
Sunday, July 30, 2006, from 3 PM to Dusk
-- Jon Faddis and his Ensemble to Headline Day of Music, Food, and Fun --
FLUSHING, NY,June 26, 2006 -- The second annual QUEENS JAZZ FESTIVAL (originally called Summerfest) kicks off on Sunday afternoon, July 30 in the park-like setting of the Queens College campus in Flushing. The free festival, which begins at 3 pm rain or shine on the campus Quad, features jazz drawn from the many rich cultural traditions found throughout Queens. Highlights include Timba Tango, a sizzling combination of cutting edge jazz, tango and other Latin styles, starring the eminent trumpeter and bandleader Michael Phillip Mossman and his Ensemble and renowned Flamenco dancer Mayte Vicens. With daring music composed by Mossman and elegant choreography by Vicens, Timba Tango creates an exciting visual and listening experience. Concluding the day’s music is an electrifying performance of classic jazz starring the consummate musician Jon Faddis and his Ensemble.
QUEENS JAZZ FESTIVAL is sponsored by Commerce Bank, Queens County Savings Bank, Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, and by a grant from the NYC & Company Foundation.
Jon Faddis joined Lionel Hampton’s Big Band at the age of 17. He soon skyrocketed to success as a young trumpeter under the wings of jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie, who once said: “He’s the best ever, including me!” Faddis has toured and recorded with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and the Count Basie Orchestra, under the original directors and namesakes of those bands, as well as with Gil Evans, Charles Mingus, and Dizzy Gillespie, among others. He has served as music director and conductor for various jazz bands, including Gillespie’s 70th Birthday Big Band, the Grammy-winning United Nation Orchestra, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Jon is perhaps best known for his work as leader of the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, which has become known as the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra.
Events will take place in and around the Quad, a centrally located mall on the campus between the Kissena Boulevard and Melbourne Avenue Gates, within easy walking distance of parking lots and bus stops. The grassy, tree-lined Quad is a perfect setting for picnicking (no grills or alcohol please!) and enjoying the day’s entertainment. On its west end, a raised stage will accommodate featured performers, offering a commanding view of the New York City skyline as its backdrop. Food venders will be on-site to provide a variety of ethnic delights for those who prefer not to bring their own provisions.
While you’re at the QUEENS JAZZ FESTIVAL, be sure to visit the College’s numerous art exhibits. These gems will enrich your experience while offering a cool and quiet respite from the day’s outdoor activities. Don’t miss the impressive Godwin-Ternbach Museum, located in Klapper Hall, for Louis Armstrong: An American Jazz Icon, an exhibition of items on loan from the Louis Armstrong House Museum & Archives. Exhibit highlights include: Armstrong's gold-plated Selmer Trumpet; collages made by Armstrong on tape boxes and scrapbooks; pictures, posters, and paintings, including portraits of Armstrong; record jackets of many sound recordings; and Armstrong stamps, postcards, matchbooks, trading cards, bumper stickers, and other such memorabilia.
If you’re an Armstrong enthusiast, stop by the Louis Armstrong Archives on the entrance level of the Rosenthal Library to sign up for a must-see side trip to the Louis Armstrong House Museum. No one has lived in the house since the Armstrongs, and the house and its furnishings remain very much as they were during Louis and his wife Lucille’s lifetime. Free round-trip transportation on the Satchmobile will shuttle you to Corona, where you can take a 40-minute guided tour of Louis’s home for a reduced admission price.
Queens College Art Center, located on the sixth floor of the Rosenthal Library, is home to modern and contemporary art. Step inside its doors to see Light Listened: Art and Glass by Ellen Mandelbaum, an exhibit focusing on the most recent work of one of America’s foremost glass artists. The exhibit includes traditional leaded glass, individual paintings on single sheets of antique glass, watercolors, and drawings. It also features Colors of the Sky, a series of painted glass panels more than five feet high, permanently installed on the Library’s west windows overlooking the Manhattan skyline.
For those who are interested in learning about the many academic opportunities available at Queens College, the friendly staff at the Welcome Center, located in Jefferson Hall, will be glad to offer their assistance and information throughout the day.
Media Note: For more information, images, reviews, or to set up a phone interview, please contact Patty Price at 718-544-2996 or pprice@KupferbergCenter.org
Admission to QUEENS JAZZ FESTIVAL, Sunday, July 30, 2006, at 3 PM is free. Entry points are located at the Main Gate on Kissena Boulevard and at Gate 3 on Reeves Avenue. Queens College is located between exits 23 & 24 of the eastbound service road of the L.I.E. in Flushing. By public transportation, take the #7 train to Main Street, Flushing. From there, take the Q25, Q34, or Q17 bus to the Kissena Boulevard and 65th Avenue bus stop (Main Gate entrance). Free on-site parking is available. For more information, call 718-544-2996.