Thursday Night Jazz
The beloved series brings together jazz musicians ranging from up-and-coming and mid-career artists to Grammy-winning performers. After pivoting to a virtual Jazz season last year due to COVID-19, Thursday Night Jazz is once again open to the public at JCAL’s 99 seat Black Box Theater. The series will run monthly from October 2021 to April 2022.
In a continued effort to present programs that are accessible, Thursday Night Jazz will be available to view both in-person, and virtually via JCAL’s YouTube channel. The series is curated by Rio Sakairi, artistic director and director of programming for The Jazz Gallery in Manhattan. Sakairi will also curate JCAL’s annual, multi-day event “Downtown Jamaica Jazz Festival”.
Last season’s Thursday Night Jazz featured performances by acclaimed musicians such as Nir Felder and Immanuel Wilkins. The culminating Jazz Festival was headlined by Ravi Coltrane who delivered a powerful tribute to his father in Southeast Queens. The 2021-22 season promises to continue that momentum with a diverse lineup of seven acts-- including some of the most exciting names in contemporary jazz.