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Staten Island joins the great festivals of Newport, Rhode Island, Toronto and Monterey in a spectacular fall celebration of Jazz music!  Entering its third decade, Universal Temple of the Arts (UTA) proudly presents Staten Island Jazz Festival 21, our 21st annual celebration of everything Jazz.  From music and poetry, to dance and visual art, the full-day festival promises to be an enriching and exciting experience to be enjoyed by the whole family.  Performances will take place on Sunday, November 16, 2008 from 2 pm until 7 pm at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Music Hall.  Tickets are $20/adults, $10/children and $25 and $15 (respectively) at the door.

In addition to an electrifying range of renowned artist talent like Maxwell Lucas, Betty Shirley, Reggie Workman, Leopoldo Fleming and more (see below for artist details), a myriad of fantastic additional artists will also be in performance, including David Jones, Century Dance Complex, Arthur Webb, Jr., Kermit Edwards and many more.

As an added festival experience,
UTA will offer several pre-performance Jazz-themed workshops beginning at 10 am.  Workshops include: Romare Bearden Collage-Art; Jazz-Dance; Jazz-Music; Jazz-Vocal as well as a forum entitled, The History & Future of Jazz: A Panel Discussion.  The cost of each workshop is $10 per person.  The Panel Discussion is FREE.

UTA promises a wonderful day, rich in activities and performances. We look forward to having you join us!  For more information, please contact Universal Temple of the Arts at (718) 273-5610 or email us at info@utasi.org.

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Betty Shirley

Jazz Vocalist extraordinaire, artist and teacher Betty Shirley is blessed with all the range and tonal control one might expect from a first-class Jazz singer. Ms. Shirley can scat, propel, coax and hang on to a note. She improvises with unerring instincts and delivers exactly what a song needs, spinning notes like silk.

Her extensive repertoire ranges from original compositions, Jazz (modern and traditional) and Blues to R&B, and Bossa Nova. She has sung with some of the best Jazz musicians in the world: Ellis Marsalis, Art Blakey Jr., Benny Green and Bross Townsend, to name a few and her tours have included Europe and Brazil. Her credits include the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Pensacola Jazz Festival, Essence Fest and the Women in Jazz Series.

As a recording artist, Shirley has 3 critically acclaimed CDs to her credit as a leader. Unveiled (1995), Betty Shirley Sings (with the Chuck Chaplin Trio, 2002), and Close Your Eyes (released March 2007). Her latest work "Close Your Eyes," was completed just at the time Hurricane Katrina was rolling in.

Betty Shirley online:
www.BettyShirley.com


Emme Kemp - Pianist/Vocalist Composer

Jazz Masters Barry Harris, Dick Hyman and Randy Weston attest to Emme's unique creative musical sense and flair.

Emme sang with The Lionel Hampton Band and was invited by Horace Silver to record Silver's originals. Emme Kemp has filled the shoes of such Jazz Giant's as Jay McShann, and Jackie & Roy Kral.

Emme Kemp recorded with ragtime/ Broadway icon Eubie Blake, for whom she subbed at the  W.C. Handy Centennial kick off; Emme sparked the performance of  vocal dynamo Maxine Sullivan.

Kemp's New York live appearances include Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium, Fort Green Fest, and Jazz Mobile's Garland Tribute at Grant's Tomb. Jazz Festivals include Italy's Umbria Jazz Fest, The East Coast Jazz Scholarship Festivals, Japan, Russia, Caribbean and Europe. Emme Kemp is shown playing Chicago jam session scenes with Sean Penn, in "Sweet and Low Down" a Woody Allen film.  Emme Kemp is All Music, contributed music and lyrics for the hit Broadway musical  "Bubbling Brown Sugar" and acted with the first Broadway Company.

Emme Kemp online:
www.myspace.com/emmekemp

Emme Kemp's Album:
Try A Little Tenderness
http://cdbaby.com/cd/kemp2


Reggie Workman

Reggie Workman has long been recognized as one of the most original and technically gifted of all bassists in modern music. His versatile style spans Post-Bop to Futuristic, incorporating contemporary approach to jazz improvisation and compositions. His uncanny ability to equally understand and share musical ideas with such diverse musicians as Art Blakey on one side and Cecil Taylor on the other is stunning. Workman has invented his own language of sound and expression as a performer and composer.
A native of Philadelphia, Workman began playing the piano, tuba, and euphonium early on but settled on bass in the mid-50s. He quickly graduated to working regularly with Gigi Gryce (1958), Red Garland, and Roy Haynes, later joining the John Coltrane Quartet, participating on several landmark important recordings.

With extensive performing and recording credits, Workman has performed and recorded with the giants of jazz including John Coltrane, Art Blakely and the Jazz Messengers, Eric Dolphy, Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln, Cecil Taylor, Jeanne Lee, Mal Waldron, Archie Shepp, Sam Rivers, Trio 3 and Great Friends as well as emerging jazz legends such as Jason Moran.

Presently, Workman is an Associate Professor at New York's famed The New School (Jazz and Contemporary Music Department) where, in 2007, he celebrated his twentieth-year and was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Reggie Workman online:
www.MySpace.com/ReggieWorkman


Rod Rodgers Dance Company

The late Rod Rodgers was known for his commitment to bringing dance to poor, underserved communities and for his innovative and thought-provoking works. His work bridged the gap between black dance groups, largely drawing upon authentic African dances exemplified by companies led by Pearl Primus and Katherine Dunham, with the modern dance traditions of Erik Hawkins, Hanya Holm and Charles Weidman.

With a career that spanned over four decades, Rod Rodgers was one of the co-founders of the Association of Black Choreographers, the Coalition of Dance Arts (C.O.D.A.) and founder of the Rod Rodgers Dance Company. Rodgers formed the Rod Rodgers Dance Company, an experimental and racially integrated company which focused on innovative works that addressed social issues and celebrated prominent African-American artists and activists. When Rodgers died on March 24, 2002, the dance world lost a remarkable and highly dedicated African-American artist.

Rod Rodgers Dance Company online:
www.RodRodgersDance.org

Leopoldo Fleming

As a musician, composer, and arranger Leopoldo is a great personality with a rich and multicolored palette of inspiration from his Latin-Afro-Indian roots, his childhood in Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, his many years as highly active on the jazz and beyond music scene of New York, and his international experience from since his youth collaborating and touring with US, Caribbean, and African stars all over Europe, the African continent, South America, the Caribbean, the Orient, and Australia. He goes about well versed and talented in several musical genres - jazz, funk, R&B, Caribbean, Cuban, Brazilian, African, gospel, spirituals. He is a brilliant accompanist, and a fascinating soloist, has a special melodic gift in his playing, and his performances sparkle with surprises, sophistication, grace, and exquisite timing.

From 1987 - 1998 Leopoldo was based in Vienna, Austria, touring worldwide with Nina Simone and having successful collaborations with Viennese guitarist Karl Ratver, Vienna based Dizzy Gillespie alumnus Leo Wright, Jim Pepper, Phone3Phone, Richard Boone, various local artists, and Leopoldo played with his own aggregations at e.g. the famous Porgy and Bess.

He has played, recorded, toured with Miriam Makeba, The Symphony of the New World, Harry Belafonte, Monica Zetterlund, The String Reunion, Eartha Kitt, The World Bass Violin Ensemble, Beaver Harris, Novella Nelson, Lonnie Liston Smith, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Sonny Stitt, Richard Grove Holmes, Queen Esther Marrow, Leon Thomas, Randy Weston (in big band format and in a trio including bassist Ron Carter), Archie Shepp, Bob Cunningham, Kenny Barron, Horace Parlan (now living in Denmark), David Murray, The Boys" Choir of Harlem, The Spiritual Singers of Harlem - now the New York Harlem Singers, and so many other wonderful artists.

Leopoldo Fleming online:
www.MySpace.com/LeopoldoFleming


Jeannine Otis

Jeannine Otis /Jahneen has an eclectic array of experiences as a performer, educator and music director. She has performed all over the world as a vocalist, including the Pori Jazz Festival with Heikki Sarmanto. Her segment at the Pori Jazz Festival was recently included in a film about that festival with Jazz greats such as Miles Davis, the Brecker Brothers and Maynard Ferguson. Her recording with Mr. Sarmanto and the Helsinki Philharmonic entitled Magic Songs, is available on Warner European Records. In addition, Ms. Otis has a long-standing collaboration with jazz great Vishnu Wood, working on music education projects under the auspices of the United Way as part of Safari East Cultural Productions, founded by Vishnu Wood.

She is the Director of Music at the historic Saint Marks Church in-the Bowery, as well as Theaterworks Usa's yearly production of Freedom Train, a piece about the young Harriet Tubman that travels all over the country including TownHall, the FoxTheater in Atlanta, and  The Grand Ole Opry. Ms. Otis is the only black recipient of the Presser Music Foundation Award from Wellesley College as well as a Teaching Fellow award from Emerson College, Boston. She continues to collaborate internationally, nationally, and locally as a consultant with arts programming while performing and teaching.


Kiane Zawadi - Trombone & Euphonium/Arranger/Composer

Kiane Zawadi is a New Yorker originally from Detroit and comes from a family whose tradition is rooted in music.  Mr. Zawadi has performed and recorded with many legendary musicians, including his mentor, Barry Harris, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Henderson, Roland Alexander, Freddie Hubbard, Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet, James Moody, Lionel Hampton, Frank Foster, Aretha Franklin, Clifford Jordan, Wynton Marsalis
Live at Lincoln Center, Rodney Kendrick, Archie Shepp, Randy Weston, McCoy Tyner, Larry Ridley, Yusuf Lateef, SUn Ra and Dexter Gordon.

Kiane was voted
Downbeat Magazine's "Artist deserving WIder Recognition" and received a National Endowment for the Arts Performance grant. His teaching experience includes Jazzmobile, NYC Housing Authority After-School program; Washington Irving HS Music in the Schools program,  The New  School Jazz Studies program, The Crown Heights Youth Collective, and Duke University's Master Music Performance Program.


Max Lucas

Max "the Sax" Lucas has been playing music for over 80 years. At the age of 12, he met a family of musicians in Washington D.C., whom he visited quite often. It was during these visits that Max was inspired to play music. At 14, he was presented with an Alto Saxophone, studied for six months and was offered a seat as a player with Hugh Kirksy and his Orchestra. Around the age of 16, Max visited New York, met a musician on the street who was playing banjo, and landed himself Saturday night gigs at parlor socials or "rent parties".

As Max "The Sax" continued to evolve into a musical marvel in his own right, he had the opportunity to play with some of the greatest jazz legends of all time. He jammed with Charlie Parker and Thelonius Monk; back in the glory years of jazz, he also performed with Count Basie and the Duke Ellington orchestra, under the direction of Mercer Ellington. He has toured with Marva Lewis, Nat King Cole, Billy Eckstine, Benny Goodman, Howard Johnson, Al Cobbs, Arthur Prysock, SUpremes, Eric Johnson, George Benson and Joe Lewis. Mr Lucas also played with Danny Mixon, Chuck Berry, Spanials, Coasters and Ray Charles and recorded with many great artiists such as Etta James, The Drifters, Buddy Hackett, Sarah Vaughn, Big Maybelle, Roberta Thorpe, Ruth Brown, Little Ester, Laverne Baker and Little Jimmy Scott.

Max Lucas has witnessed all the major stylistic changes throughout the evolution of the genre of jazz music. He has a rich history and wealth of knowledge of the world of music in general. At 98 years old, Max "The Sax" Lucas is a living legend and to date, he continues to bring forth his musical creativity playing regularly at various entertainment  venues with his son Nathan Lucas who is a jazz organist.


Bluiett

Illionis native, Hamiet Bluiett is a jazz saxophonist, clarinetist and composer. His primary instrument is the baritone saxophone and he is considered one of the finest living players of this instrument. While in his early twenties, Bluiett heard Harry Carney (the baritone player in the Duke Ellington band) which left a strong impression on the young Bluiett, providing an example of a baritone saxophonist who played as a soloist rather than an accompanist.

In the late 1960s Bluiett co-founded the Black Artists' Group (BAG) of St. Louis, Missouri, a collective dedicated to fostering creative work in theater, visual arts, dance, poetry, film and music. He led the BAG big band during 1968 and 1969.

Bluiett moved to New York City in 1969, where he joined the Charles Mingus Quintet and the Sam Rivers large ensemble. In 1976 he co-founded the World Saxophone Quartet (along with two other Black Artists' Group members, Julius Hemphill and Oliver Lake), which soon became jazz music's most reknowned saxophone quartet. In the 1980s, he also founded The Clarinet Family, a group of eight clarinetists playing clarinets of various sizes ranging from E-flat soprano to contrabass.

He has remained a champion of the somewhat unwieldly baritone saxophone, organizing large groups of baritone saxophones. SInce the 1990s he has led a virtuosic quartet, the Bluiett Baritone Nation, made up entirely of baritone saxophones, with drum set accompaniment. Bluiett has over a dozen recordings to his credit and has also worked with Sam Rivers, Babatunde Olatunji, Abdullah Ibrahim, Stevie Wonder and  Marvin Gaye.

Bluiett online:
www.HamietBluiett.com

Bob Cunningham

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Bob Cunningham has tasted the fruit of many different trees of the music world from classical to contemporary. He studied the bass privately with such accomplished master instuctors as Jacques Possell and June Cobb of Ohio, as well as the illustrious Art Davis and Homer Mench of New York. The Cleveland Music Institute and the prestgious Julliard School of Music further contributed to the rounding out of his musical growth.

The contemporary greats with whom Cunningham has performed read like a brilliant "Who's Who" of the music world. Having moved to New York in 1960, he has jammed and gigged with such notables as Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Betty Carter, Aminata Moseka "Abbey Lincoln", Sun Ra, Art Blakely, Freddie Hubbard, Pharoah Saunders and Yusef Lateef, for whom he composed and arranged a number of pieces.

Cunningham has gone on to work with not only accomplished musicians, but also noted choreographers such as Eleo Pomare, Rod Rodgers, Raymond Sawyer and luminous poets such as Sonia Sanchez, Sandra Sharp, Camille Yarbrough and Gylan Kain.

Bob Cunningham online:
www.BobCunninghamBass.com


Click here for additional artists performing at Staten Island Jazz Festival 21
Betty Shirley
Emme Kemp
Reggie Workman
Rod Rodgers Dance Company
Jeannine Otis
UTA's Staten Island Jazz Festival 21 is made possible through grants from the following:
SI Jazz Festival 21 sponsors
Richmond County Savings Foundation
NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs
Assemblyman Matthew Titone
Leopoldo Fleming
Kiane Zawadi
Max Lucas
Betty Shirley
Emme Kemp
Reggie Workman
Rod Rodgers Dance Company
Leopoldo Fleming
Jeannine Otis
Kiane Zawadi
Max Lucas
Bluiett
Bob Cunningham



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