Staten Island Jazz Festival 30

Jamming at the Savoy, 1980-81, Etching 22" x 30" © Romare Bearden Foundation/ Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY


For almost 30 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
Sun Ra Arkestra
Reggie Workman  •  Kiane Zawadi
Leopoldo Fleming Afro-Caribbean
    Jazz Ensemble
Danny Mixon
Winard Harper and Jeli Posse
Jeannine Otis  •  Karlus Trapp
Rudi Mwongozi  •  Darrell Smith  •  WaFoo
Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble
Uptown Dance Academy: A Tribute to
    Bob Cunningham

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Staten Island Jazz Festival 30
FREE Family Workshops

Enjoy FREE workshops the morning of Staten Island Jazz Festival 30. For more information, call (718) 273-5610 or email

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SIJF30 Workshop schedule