Staten Island Jazz Festival 27

Photos courtesy of Todd Seward and Silicia Jackson

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For over 25 years, UTA has presented Staten Island JAZZ to critical acclaim and loyal audiences. UTA has long embraced Jazz – an American-born music genre – and founded Staten Island JAZZ in 1988 with the intent of both preserving and promoting Jazz arts. UTA has consistently delivered an extraordinary show with legendary artists.  Past performers have included The Sun Ra Intergalactic Arkestra, Kenny Barron, Reggie Workman, Barry Harris, Bluiett, and more!

UTA’s Staten Island JAZZ began as a series of community jazz workshops under the direction of internationally known jazz artist and educator, Dr. Makanda Ken McIntyre, which culminated in performance. The public performances held as an evening concert every October enabled audiences to learn more about jazz music, which at the time, was seldom showcased on Staten Island. In 2007, UTA’s Staten Island JAZZ concert graduated from an evening event to an all day festival with jazz–themed workshops designed for the entire family’s enjoyment.

Highlights from Staten Island Jazz Festival 27 in 2014

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Hosted by Greg Thomas
Hamiet Bluiett  •  Kiane Zawadi
Winard Harper Ensemble
Danny Mixon Quartet
Leopoldo Fleming Afro-Caribbean
   Jazz Ensemble
Betty Shirley  •  The Makanda Project
Dr. Mambo and the Experience Ensemble
Emme Kemp  •  Jaron Eames
David Jones • Karlus Trapp
Vinnie Ruggieri  •  Bob Kaiser
Chris Kaiser  •  Jeannine Otis
WaFoo  •  Rudi Mwongozi
Sajda Musawwir Ladner

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Staten Island Jazz Festival 28
FREE Family Workshops

On October 17th, prior to SIJF28 the following Workshops will be offered:

Dance: 10:30 – 11:30, Room G – 202

Music: 11:30 – 12:30, Room G – 202

Vocal: 11:30 -12:30, The Randall Room

Romare Bearden Art Workshop:
11:30 – 12:30, Art Lab

Jazz Panel Discussion:
12:30 – 1:30, The Randall Room

For more information about the workshops, please call (718) 273-5610 or email