On Friday, November 3, Flushing Town Hall presents a concert celebrating 100 years of two Jazz icons: Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk. Their essential contributions to the jazz vernacular is celebrated in a show featuring National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Masters Kenny Barron on piano, Jimmy Owens on trumpet, and Jimmy Cobb on drum. The Masters are joined by Lew Tabackin and Antonio Hart on saxophone and Rufus Reid on bass.
This group of Masters will perform special arrangements of classic compositions by Dizzy and Monk, including “Groovin’ High” and “Round Midnight.” NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath was originally scheduled to perform at this concert. However, due to a health matter, Dr. Heath will not be performing but will be at the concert in spirit. Dr. Heath personally selected Antonio Hart as his substitute for the evening.
Dizzy Gillespie helped to usher in the era of Bebop in American jazz. Gillespie is known as one of the founding fathers of the Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz tradition, and he was inspired by his travels throughout Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. He remains one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time.
The NEA Jazz Masters are also paying tribute to the great Thelonious Monk. Known for his improvisational style and highly percussive piano technique, many of his compositions are now part of the standard jazz repertoire.
Celebrate a century of incredible jazz with Flushing Town Hall. You will not want to miss this tribute to two jazz legends, lovingly performed by Kenny Barron, Jimmy Owens, Jimmy Cobb, Lew Tabackin and Rufus Reid.
Admission is $42/$32 Members/$20 Students with Table Package options for $125/$100 Members (reserved table for two with wine and snacks) and the event is open to all ages. You can access details by visiting http://www.flushingtownhall.org/ or by calling (718) 463-7700 x222.
This season, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for FREE. Under the new “Teen Access Program”, all 13- to 19-year-old boys and girls (whether a member or not) will be welcomed to attend any performance for free. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture.
Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens.