Jazz Jam All-Stars: Introducing Glen James Lowe

On Sunday, August 4, Flushing Town Hall will present its first-ever Jazz Jam All-Stars featuring ten musicians from Queens and Long Island. Today we introduce you to Glen James Lowe.

Glen was raised in Queens, New York and his first experience with drums was as a member of Our Lady of Sorrows’ Marching Band in Corona.  He graduated from Xavier High School, studied music at Queens College, The New School and Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.

“I began learning about the drums in the Our Lady of sorrows Drum and Bugle Corp and this led to me wanting to play the drum set in a local band,” Glen says. “When I was about eight years old I had the chance to meet the great Louis Armstrong and though I have met some great artists over the years, I would have to say that meeting Mr. Armstrong was the earliest and probably most profound influence.”

Glen also studied with master percussionists Andrew Cyrille and Steve Berrios. He has performed with The Coasters, Barbara Harris (The Toys), The Gospel Halos, New Swing Sextet, Rico Vibes, and Mambo Negro among others. And his performance venues have included Flushing Town Hall, (World Beat Series) Panasonic Jazz Festival, Greenwich Art to the Avenue Festival, Paniagua Tropical Music Festival, and the AirTrain Jazz Festival.

He is looking forward to the August 4 Jazz Jam All-Stars.  “I hope that audiences enjoy what they’re hearing when they listen to me and I hope that it stimulates their own creativity. I would hope also that they are inspired to listen to and perhaps discover for the first time some of the great musicians who have influenced me.

Flushing Town Hall, he says, is a valuable community resource, a source of much needed cultural and artistic exchange and experience. He first started attending the jam sessions several years ago. “I very much enjoy meeting and playing with musicians of all skill levels and have made good friends as a result,” he says.

Glen can be heard on Mambo Negro’s “First Impressions” & “Midnight Mosaic” CDs and the soundtrack for the HBO Latino Film Festival film “Tumba & Tumbao”. He currently is working with two Latin-jazz bands, NovaBlue and Mambo Negro.


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