Staten Island Jazz Festival 25
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2012 not only marked UTA’s 45th anniversary as an arts institution, it also celebrated another significant milestone: UTA’s Staten Island JAZZ Festival 25! We were honored to present NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston and his group African Rhythms, headliners to the silver anniversary event. Many all-time favorites returned including Leopoldo Fleming Afro-Caribbean Jazz Ensemble, Vishnu Wood and Safari East, Kiane Zawadi, Danny Mixon Quartet and Betty Shirley, who electrified our birthday extravaganza with their unforgettable sounds and rhythms.

Thanks to the talented musicians and our wonderful audience for joining us to celebrate our 25th year of great jazz performances on Staten Island! It was an evening to remember!


Randy Weston African Rhythms Trio
Bob Cunningham • Kiane Zawadi
Leopoldo Fleming Afro–Caribbean
    Jazz Ensemble
Vishnu Wood & Safari East
Danny Mixon Quartet • Betty Shirley
Jeannine Otis • Rudi Mwongozi
Taru Alexander • Karlus Trapp
Charles Thomas • Vinnie Ruggieri
Darrell Smith • Jeremy Heuler
Sajda Musawwir Ladner • WaFoo
David Jones • Yvonne Curry
Westley Thomas • Queen Tipsy
Stretto Vocal Ensemble • LaDee Streeter

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UTA’s Staten Island JAZZ Festival 25 program is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional support has been provided by Con Edison, and the Richmond County Savings Foundation.