The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Master Award is the nation’s highest (and sought-after) honor bestowed upon exceptional jazz musicians. This fall, Flushing Town Hall will bring five legendary jazz musicians together in a once-in-a-lifetime appearance, NEA Jazz Masters Summit Concert,” that jazz lovers wouldn’t want to miss.
There’s a reason New York City is considered the home of jazz. On Friday, November 18th at 8 PM, New Yorkers will have the rare privilege of seeing NEA Jazz Masters Jimmy Heath (saxophones), Barry Harris (piano), Jimmy Owens (trumpet), George Coleman (saxophones), and Jimmy Cobb (drum), joined by bassist David Wong, in a stunning performance.
“It’s such an honor to host NEA Jazz Masters Jimmy Heath, Jimmy Owens, Barry Harris, George Coleman, and Jimmy Cobb, along with the amazing David Wong. They’re remarkable, unparalleled musicians — this will truly be an unforgettable performance and Flushing Town Hall is proud to be part of it,” said Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director of Flushing Town Hall.
The best in jazz come together.
- 87-year old Jimmy Cobb collaborated with actress Barbara Streisand during the rise of her career, is lead of the band “So What” and the only remaining player from Miles Davis’ record Kind of Blue — he will captivate the audience once again with his performance on the drums. He is also the recipient of the Don Redman Heritage award.
- 86-year old Barry Harris – composer, pianist, and America’s oldest living jazz professor – won a place in the American Jazz Hall of Fame for “Lifetime Achievements & Contributions to the World of Jazz” for his immense influence to the field.
- 87-year old Jimmy Owens – composer, trumpeter, and New York native – leads the band “Jimmy Owens Plus,” and has played with jazz legends such as Lionel Hampton, Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie and many more. He is currently a resident teacher at The New School.
- 81-year old George Coleman, has worked with B.B. King, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock, among others. “George played everything almost perfectly…He was a hell of a musician,” said Davis regarding Coleman’s talent. He has also had a career in television and modeling in his earlier days, having appeared in movies with Mick Jagger, Denzel Washington, and Whitney Houston to name a few.
David Wong, a graduate of the Julliard School, is fast-rising star who studied classical bass with Orin O’Brien of the New York Philharmonic and jazz bass with respectable names such as Ron Carter, Ben Wolfe, and John Clayton.
With six incredible musicians on stage, the audience is guaranteed a splendid night. Tickets cost $42 for non-members, $32 members, and $20 for students. Table package costs $125 for non-members and $100 for members, which includes a reserved table for two with wine & snacks.
Tickets are on sale now at www.flushingtownhall.org.