The 16th Annual NEA Jazz Masters Concert – “The Blues Feeling” | Nov. 12th, 2022

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Annual NEA Jazz Masters Concert Returns to Flushing Town Hall With “The Blues Feeling” on November 12

– In-person and virtual tickets now on sale at www.flushingtownhall.org –

From left to right: Wycliffe Gordon, Danny Mixon, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jimmy Owens, Camille Thurman, Kenny Davis

(Flushing, New York)— On Saturday, November 12th, Flushing Town Hall will host the 16th annual NEA Jazz Masters concert “The Blues Feeling,” led by the acclaimed American jazz virtuoso Jimmy Owens.

Band leader and NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Owens (trumpet) will be joined by five distinguished musicians who have played and traveled the world with the best: NEA Jazz Master Terri Lyne Carrington (drums), the talented Camille Thurman (saxophone), trombonist of the year Wycliffe Gordon (trombone), veteran pianist Danny Mixon (piano), and American musician Kenny Davis (bass).

Renowned jazz artist Jimmy Owens (trumpet, flugelhorn) has over forty-five years of experience as a jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, lecturer, and music education consultant. His experience covers a wide range of international musical achievements, which include extensive work as a studio musician, soloist, bandleader, and composer of orchestral compositions, movie scores, and ballets. Owens is one of the few trumpeters of his generation who performed with many extraordinary jazz leaders, including sitting in with Miles Davis at age 15 and playing with Kenny Barron, Count Basie, Kenny Burrell, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Golson, Lionel Hampton, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, Archie Shepp, Billy Taylor, and Gerald Wilson.

With technical wizardry and profound creativity, the newest NEA Jazz Master from 2021, Terri Lyne Carrington, has become one of the giants of today’s jazz music. A three-time GRAMMY Award-winning drummer, composer, producer, and educator, Carrington began her professional career at only ten years old and received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music at the age of 11. She is the first female artist to ever win the GRAMMY Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, which she received for her 2013 work, “Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue.” Over the four-decade-plus span of her career, she has played with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Lester Bowie, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Stan Getz, Al Jarreau, John Scofield, Pharoah Sanders, and Esperanza Spalding, among countless other jazz luminaries. In 2019, Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science released their critically acclaimed double album, “Waiting Game,” a project that elevates social justice issues, featuring pianist Aaron Parks and guitarist Matthew Stevens. The album was nominated for a 2021 GRAMMY Award and won three awards in the 2020 Downbeat International Critics Poll for Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Group of the Year. Carrington, the founder and artistic director of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, recently published a new book, “New Standards,” addressing women’s omission from jazz canon.

Camille Thurman is an extraordinary composer, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and unique interpreter of the jazz tradition, who is quickly becoming one of the standard bearers for the form, making a considerable and dynamic contribution to the legacy of jazz while paying tribute to its heroes. In a few short years, the New York City native has shared stages with jazz and R&B luminaries such as George Coleman, Roy Haynes, Dianne Reeves, Wynton Marsalis, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JALCO) featuring Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Barron, Buster Williams, Charles Tolliver, Jack DeJohnette, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jon Hendricks, Harry Connick Jr., Jon Batiste, Audra MacDonald, Diana Krall, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Louis Hayes, Russell Malone, Nicholas Payton, Jacky Terrasson, Janelle Monáe, Alicia Keys, Lalah Hathaway, Jill Scott, and Erykah Badu, among others.

Wycliffe Gordon boasts an impressive career touring the world, performing to great acclaim from audiences and critics alike. The Jazz Journalists Association named him 2020 “Trombonist of the Year” for the record-breaking 13th time, and he has topped Downbeat Critics Poll for “Best Trombone” again an unprecedented six times (2020, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2013 & 2012). Last year, he was the recipient of the “Louie Award,” the International Trombone Award and the Satchmo Award, among others. Wycliffe is a prolific recording artist and is extremely popular for his unmatched signature sound, plunger technique, and unique vocals. He can be heard on hundreds of recordings, soundtracks, live DVDs, and documentaries. Musicians and ensembles of every caliber perform his music throughout the world, and his arrangement of the theme song to NPR’s “All Things Considered” is heard daily across the globe.

A prolific piano virtuoso who has performed in the U. S. and internationally, Daniel Asbury Mixon was born on August 19, 1949, in Harlem and raised in Brooklyn. Growing up in a musical household, he was influenced by his mother and grandparents, beginning his early artistic expression at the age of 3. During an afternoon outing at the Apollo Theatre with his grandfather, Mixon was inspired by the jazz musicians he heard. It was then that he decided that he would like to be a pianist, and he never once looked back. By the time Mixon was 17, he was invited to play with Sam Brown and Patti Labelle and the Blue Bells in Atlantic City, and two years later, he found himself with the Muse Quartet under the auspices of Chris White.

In May 2004, Mixon was one of the first musicians to be honored by the National Jazz Museum in Harlem in a series entitled “Harlem Speaks,” which resulted in an invitation to the White House for Black Music Month.

Kenny Davis is a native of Chicago, Illinois. His career began with listening to great R&B artists such as Earth Wind & Fire, Brothers Johnson, and The Temptations. First being self-taught, he later went on to Northeastern Illinois University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education and discovered jazz music. He quickly became part of the Chicago jazz scene, playing with Von Freedman, Ari Brown, and Fred Anderson. In 1986, Davis moved to New York, where he played with Out of the Blue (OTB) and became part of the New York scene. One of the highlights of his career was being a music arranger for a song on the GRAMMY Award-winning CD by artist Cassandra Wilson, “Blue Light Till Dawn.” Throughout the ’90s, Davis toured with such notable jazz artists as Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves, and Art Farmer. In 1999, Kenny Davis received a call from Kevin Eubanks, then band leader/music director of “The Tonight Show” Band, and joined the band as their bassist from September 1999 thru March 2002.

Since Flushing Town Hall hosted the very first NEA Jazz Masters concert on November 17, 2006, featuring three NEA Jazz Masters, Jimmy Heath (saxophone), Clark Terry (trumpet), and Dr. Billy Taylor (piano), the historic venue in Queens hosted many of the greatest names in jazz that could also be seen in some of the biggest clubs in Manhattan: Earl May, Benny Powell, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Cándido Camero, Paquito D’Rivera, Reggie Workman, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Joey DeFrancesco, Dr. Barry Harris, Sheila Jordan, Antonio Hart, Bill Charlap, and Gustavo Casenave, to name just a few.

“We are delighted to bring The Blues Feeling to New York’s jazz lovers with our popular annual NEA Jazz Masters concert,” says Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director at Flushing Town Hall, “We are proud to be one of the best gems for superb jazz in the city, and to present an outstanding lineup of incredible musicians year-round.”

The concert on November 12th begins at 8:00 PM. For those unable to attend in person, the performance will also be live-streamed online on YouTube for $10. Tickets are $40/$32 members/$20 students w/ID. Table packages for two w/ refreshments are available for $130/$110 members. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.flushingtownhall.org/the-blues-feeling

For Calendars: Fall Jazz Programming at Flushing Town Hall

Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at 7:00 PM
Louis Armstrong Legacy Monthly Jazz Jam (Nov. 2022)
In-person Tickets: $10/FREE for Members, Students, & Jamming Musicians
Open to Jazz students, musicians, and music educators, Monthly Jazz Jams are a fun way to hone your skills and jam with your peers. The house band, led by saxophonist Carol Sudhalter opens each jam with the work of Louis Armstrong. Don’t play? Come listen!
https://flushingtownhall.org/jazz-jam-nov-2022

Saturday, November 12, 2022, at 8:00 PM
Flushing Town Hall Presents NEA Jazz Masters: The Blues Feeling
In-Person Tickets: $40 /$32 Members /$20 Students w/ID
Table Packages: $130 /$110 Members (Table for 2 with refreshments/drinks)
https://flushingtownhall.org/the-blues-feeling

Friday, December 2, 2022, at 8:00 PM
Songs for Barry Harris w/ NEA Jazz Masters Sheila Jordan, Harvie S, and Roni Ben-Hur
In-Person Tickets: $40 /$32 Members /$20 Students w/ID
Table Packages: $130 /$110 Members (Table for 2 with refreshments/drinks)
https://flushingtownhall.org/songs-for-barry-harris

Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at 7:00 PM
Louis Armstrong Legacy Monthly Jazz Jam (Dec. 2022)
In-person Tickets: $10/FREE for Members, Students, & Jamming Musicians
Open to jazz students, musicians, and music educators, Monthly Jazz Jams are a fun way to hone your skills and jam with your peers. The house band, led by saxophonist Carol Sudhalter opens each jam with the work of Louis Armstrong. Don’t play? Come listen!

https://flushingtownhall.org/jazz-jam-dec-2022

For the venue’s current schedule of all 2022 Fall events, visit: https://www.flushingtownhall.org/events

COVID Policy:

Although as of March 7, 2022, New York City has relaxed its COVID policies for indoor arts and entertainment events, Flushing Town Hall will maintain its prior policy for the safety of its audiences, artists, and staff. This policy will remain in effect until further notice: Flushing Town Hall requires all visitors, performers, and staff to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 with matching identification. Additionally, masks will be required at all times. For more details on Flushing Town Hall’s Covid-safety measures and vaccine requirements, please visit: https://www.flushingtownhall.org/covid-safety.

Support Global Arts with a Gift Today!

All gifts of $50 or more give you exclusive Flushing Town Hall Circle of Friends membership benefits including a Smithsonian membership, ticket discounts, and more! Donations in any amount are appreciated to support the artists and the nonprofit cultural organization as they continue to provide programming and entertainment across New York and the world.

https://www.flushingtownhall.org/circle-of-friends

Flushing Town Hall is a not for profit organization and receives major support in 2022 from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim; The City of New York, Mayor Eric Adams; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Commissioner Laurie Cumbo; Queens Borough President Donovan Richards; The New York City Council, Speaker Adrienne E. Adams and New York City Council Members Sandra Ung, Tiffany Caban, Shekar Krishnan, Linda Lee, Vickie Paladino, Lynn Schulman, and Jessica Won; Howard Gilman Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, Guru Krupa Foundation, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation.

To view current donor lists, please visit www.flushingtownhall.org/donor-listings

About Flushing Town Hall

Flushing Town Hall (FTH), a Smithsonian affiliate, presents multi-disciplinary global arts that engage and educate the global communities of Queens and New York City in order to foster mutual appreciation. As advocates of arts equity since 1979, we support local, immigrant, national, and international artists, developing partnerships and collaborations that enhance our efforts. As a member of New York City’s Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), we serve to restore, manage and program the historic 1862 landmark on behalf of the City of New York. FTH celebrates the history of Queens as the home of Jazz, by presenting the finest in Jazz performance. We are committed to arts education and hands-on learning, for the arts-curious, arts enthusiasts, and professional artists. We serve one of the most diverse communities in the world and strive to uphold the legacy of inclusiveness that has defined our community since the Flushing Remonstrance of 1657.

Flushing Town Hall is a proud member of the Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), a collective of 34 nonprofit museums, performing arts centers, historical societies, zoos, and botanical gardens across all five boroughs with a distinct private-public partnership with the City of New York and a commitment to serving all New Yorkers.

Land Acknowledgement:

Flushing Town Hall acknowledges that we are on the traditional land of the Matinecock People, one of the original tribes of New York, and the first people of Flushing, Queens. The Matinecock continue to live and work on this land to this day. Flushing Town Hall honors their elders who have stewarded this land throughout generations.

For more information:

www.flushingtownhall.org
(718) 463-7700 x222
137-35 Northern Blvd. Flushing, NY 11354

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