Staten Island Jazz Festival 27

Universal Temple of the Arts Staten Island JAZZ Festival 30 (2017) Performance Excerpts


For over 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.


A Tribute to Randy Weston
Sun Ra Arkestra
Winard Harper and Jeli Posse
Leopoldo Fleming Afro-Caribbean Jazz Ensemble
Danny Mixon Quartet Featuring Antoinette Montague
Earl Sauls
Sylvester Scott
Kiane Zawadi
Jeannine Otis
Karlus Trapp
Rudi Mwongozi
Darrell Smith
Sajda Musawwir Ladner
Nicole Wright
Hosted by Sheila Anderson:
Author and On-Air Host, WBGO