Introducing Jazz Jam All-Star Mamoru Tashiro

Tonight is the night! Our first-ever Jazz Jam All-Stars concert.

And each day we’ve been introducing you to our 10 stellar stars, regulars at our monthly Jazz Jams and accomplished musicians. And we are certain they are going to put on an amazing performance tonight.

So we’d like to introduce you to Mamoru Tashiro, who was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1976. He began playing Acoustic Guitar at age of 13, but a year later he decided to learn both acoustic and electric guitar. After graduating High school, he went on to study at the ESP Musical Academy and received an award for Best Guitarist of 1996.

Since beginning his career as a professional musician, he has been invited to perform at several jazz festivals in Japan. During his tours, he has worked as an accompanist, and a pit orchestra musician for Mamma Mia!, Aida, and The Last Five Years, among others. Mamoru joined and performed for the shows at Disney World in Japan for years.

After a decade as a professional musician in Japan, he moved to Queens (and lives in Astoria), and studied with Tom Dempsey at New York Jazz Academy.

Join Mamoru tonight when Flushing Town Hall embarks on a new chapter of jazz history, presenting the Jazz Jam All-Stars featuring nine other musicians – from Queens and Long Island.

“I’m so thrilled for all of the All-Stars!,” says Gabrielle M. Hamilton, Flushing Town Hall’s Director of Education and Public Programs. “When Flushing Town Hall first launched our monthly Jazz Jams eight years ago, a small group of amateur and professional musicians and fans gathered.  Over time these wonderful artists have developed their artistic skills and formed professional alliances, even as our artists and audience members have grown and bonded. Now our jams feature amazing performances from all of our artists and a strong sense of community and fellowship. The All-Stars concert is a fundraiser in celebration of their talent and our Flushing Town Hall Jazz Jam ‘family’ and I invite all music lovers – from Queens and beyond – to join us in this communal musical spectacular!”

The 10 musicians all have been among the hundreds this year who’ve been part of Flushing Town Hall’s Monthly Jazz Jam: Celebrating the Legacy of Louis Armstrong, held the first Wednesday evening every month by accomplished jazz musician Carol Sudhalter of Astoria. Sudhalter has watched the monthly sessions double in attendance since she stepped in in 2016.

“This concert is a landmark event in the history of jazz in Queens. No one should miss this presentation of some of our most promising artists,” said Sudhalter, who will emcee tonight’s concert. Sudhalter, who teaches jazz improvisation, flute, sax, clarinet and piano, and masterclasses in jazz and in “English Diction for Singers” throughout the United States and in Italy, has pioneered several jazz series in Queens.

The concert will feature some of the music of Louis Armstrong and close with a group jam. The event will begin with a reception at 6:00 PM, followed by a concert at 7:30 PM. In additional to Mamoru, starring in the show are:

  • Sharif Kales (trumpet) of Flushing
  • Sarah Turkiew (baritone saxophone) of Bethpage, Long Island
  • Keith Jordan (guitar) of Hollis Hills
  • Iga Flyree Mrozek (vocals) of Jackson Heights
  • Frank Robinson (vocals) of Jamaica
  • Gary Davis (vocals) of East Elmhurst
  • Jose Luis Armengot (trumpet) of Rego Park
  • Victor Acosta (alto saxophone) of Kew Gardens
  • Glen Lowe (drums) of Corona

Accompanying the Jazz Jam All-Stars – and joined by Sudhalter – are house band members Joe Vincent Tranchina, Eric Lemon, and Scott Neumann. Performance tickets are $20, $15 for Members and free to students and teenagers (between 13 and 19 years old). Tickets can be purchased at www.flushingtownhall.org or by calling (718) 463-7700 x222.

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