Downtown Jamaica Jazz Festival

A flagship music festival for Downtown Jamaica, Queens – “home of jazz.” The Jamaica Downtown Jazz Festival aims to celebrate the rich jazz heritage rooted in Southeast Queens and promotes generations of talents who hail from diverse cultures residing in this community today. This weekend-long music marathon will pay tribute to a legendary performer each year and feature some of the most prominent names in jazz along with emerging musicians. These concerts will take place in venues along Jamaica Avenue.

Downtown Jazz Festival 2021 featured eight musicians, including the likes of Joel Ross, who released his Blue Note debut album KingMaker to eruptive critical acclaim, and Melissa Aldana, who was an audience favorite during JCAL's 2nd Thursday Night Jazz season, which has been live-streamed every month since last October from JCAL’s black-box theater. 


The headliner was none other than Ravi Coltrane, a Grammy Nominated Saxophonist and son of iconic Jazz artists John and Alice Coltrane. Watch a recap below!