Staten Island Jazz Festival 26

Photos by Anthony Abercrombie

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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.


Barry Harris
Winard Harper Ensemble
Vishnu Wood and Safari East
Kiane Zawadi
Leopoldo Fleming Afro-Caribbean
      Jazz Ensemble
Betty Shirley • Karlus Trapp
Dr. Mambo and the
      Experience Ensemble
WaFoo • Vinnie Ruggieri
Rudi Mwongozi • David Jones
Darrell Smith • Joy Whelan
Sylvester Scott • Earl Sauls
Sajda Musawwir Ladner

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UTA offers FREE family–friendly jazz–themed workshops in music, dance, vocal, and art (Romare Bearden collage) before the music performances.  Workshops culminate with a panel discussion.

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

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UTA’s Staten Island JAZZ Festival 26 program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council. Additional support has been provided by Con Edison, Richmond County Savings Foundation and