Staten Island Jazz Festival 27

Universal Temple of the Arts Staten Island JAZZ Festival 28 (2015) Performance Excerpts

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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.

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Hosted by Greg Thomas
Hamiet Bluiett
Winard Harper and Jeli Posse
Danny Mixon Quartet
   featuring Antoinette Montague
Rod Rodgers Dance Company
Betty Shirley  •   Kiane Zawadi
Leopoldo Fleming Afro-Caribbean
   Jazz Ensemble
Jeannine Otis  •   Sylvester Scott
David Jones  •   Ray Scro
Karlus Trapp  • Darrell Smith
Rudi Mwongozi  • WaFoo
A Tribute to Vinnie Ruggieri

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Staten Island Jazz Festival 29
FREE Family Workshops

Enjoy FREE workshops the morning of Staten Island Jazz Festival 29. For more information, call (718) 273-5610 or email

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SIJF29 Workshop schedule