Upcoming virtual jazz jam - July 8

Flushing Town Hall's free, online series, FTH at Home! continues this summer. The Virtual Jazz Jam: Celebrating the Legacy of Louis Armstrong, the institution's beloved, monthly event led by Astoria resident Carol Sudhalter and the FTH house band, the, has brought thousands of artists together online since it first went virtual in April. Providing a platform for musicians and jazz lovers, the next jam is scheduled for Wednesday, July 8 at 7 PM. Its theme, "Our Roads to Change, " acknowledges the current movement for racial justice and equality and the need to make change.

While the historic venue's doors are still closed due to COVID-19, online programming is bringing people from all over the world together to enjoy music as one—something that is profoundly embedded in Flushing Town Hall's mission of bringing global arts to global people.

Since the first jam in April, Flushing Town Hall's jazz jam has seen a steady increase in viewers and has become a haven for jazz lovers from around the world—from New York to California, and even across the Pacific from New Zealand, and from across the Atlantic from Italy and Germany. More than 2, 100 viewers tuned in to Facebook live to enjoy the music in June alone, and overall, since the first jam in April, views on Facebook have exceeded 5, 800, with more than 1, 600 engagements online—numbers that surpassed the participation and capacity of the venue during previous in-person sessions.

Flushing Town Hall has traditionally offered a robust array of jazz presentations, including performances by renowned NEA jazz masters such as the late Jimmy Heath who was celebrated in a virtual tribute on June 19. The historic arts organization spearheaded the creation of the Queens Jazz Trail Map, celebrating the borough's iconic sites and jazz legends, and every month, Sudhalter, hosts the popular monthly jazz jam populated by dozens of area jazz artists.

The upcoming Virtual Jazz Jam: Celebrating the Legacy of Louis Armstrong, is open to a maximum 20 jammers – on a first-come first-served basis – from anywhere in the world to participate and contribute to the theme for July will be "Our Roads to change." Participating musicians will perform jazz tunes that acknowledge the major crises of this moment, and the need to make change. All members of the public are invited to watch the live stream but interested singers and instrumentalists must register to participate (only 20 will be selected).

Interested participants should email and identify a three- to four-minute tune they intend to share that is in keeping with the theme. It can be live or pre-recorded (but not a professional, edited recording). Musicians who already played at the April, May or June jam should not apply again, as the venue is rotating in new participants.

Audiences can watch this session LIVE and for FREE by simply tuning in to Flushing Town Hall's Facebook page on Wednesday, July 8 at 7 PM EST. Flushing Town Hall continues to hold virtual jazz jams all the way until at least September—every second Wednesday of the month, with more jams on August 12 and September 9.

While all FTH at Home! programming is presented free of charge, those who are able and moved to do so are encouraged to donate to the Step Up for Flushing Town Hall campaign, which will provide vital funding to supplant the staggering loss of earned revenue.

"While it continues to be difficult, not to be able to greet artists and audiences in person, we are grateful that we can continue to virtually celebrate music with our local community and with jazz lovers across the world, " said Executive & Artistic Director Ellen Kodadek, "If you have ever enjoyed a jazz performance at Flushing Town Hall or turned to jazz in times of joy or sadness, we ask you to please consider a tax-deductible gift today."

For Calendar Listings

Virtual Jazz Jam: The Roads to Change
To watch live, tune in to Facebook
To participate, email and identify the 3- to 4-minute tune you intend to play. Only 20 musicians will be selected.

Other Virtual Events

Zoom Hang for Queens artists
URL: or join by phone: (646) 558-8656
Meeting ID: 283 009 195

Facebook Watch Parties

Flushing Town Hall's facilities are temporarily closed to the public in accordance with COVID-19 safety regulations. Flushing Town Hall's latest statement pertaining to COVID-19 can be found here.

Flushing Town Hall greatly appreciates the supporters of our current campaign, Step Up for Flushing Town Hall, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Special thanks to our Step Up Campaign donors with gifts of $100 and above: Karen Argueta, Henry Assael, Larue Brathwaite, Claire Bullard, Jenna Capeci, David Fesser, Susan Hennessy, Raymond Jasen, Carmen Jimenez, Bob Kodadek, Anne Lewent, Jeri Lim, Martha Ma, TeHsing Niu, Jessica Peña, Richard Quatrano, Dominique Sellers, Thomas Simmons, Mike Sperendi & Jan Schneider, Jill Ward, Daryl Ware, and Lucy Wong.
Crazy Talented Asians & Friends: An Evening of Live Comedy and Animation Shorts is sponsored by a generous anonymous donor. Flushing Town Hall thanks Charles B. Wang Community Health Center at Flushing New York for their support.

Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts dba Flushing Town Hall is a not for profit organization which receives major support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Mayor Bill de Blasio; Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; Council Members Adrienne Adams, Costa Constantinides, Daniel Dromm, Barry Grodenchik, Peter Koo, Karen Koslowitz, Francisco Moya, and Paul A. Vallone; and the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and the Booth Ferris Foundation.

Support for our programs is also provided by Acrobuffos/Seth Bloom & Christina Gelsone, Angela An, Robin Bell-Stevens, Viviana M. Benitez, Dongjiang Bi, Cathay Bank, Douglass Chan, Amy Mak Chan, Calvin W. Chan, Sharon Chen, Ginger Chinn, Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou/New York Institute of Culture and the Arts, Con Edison, Crossings TV, Exploring the Metropolis, Kuang-Yu Fong/Chinese Theatre Works, Barbara Garii, Matthew Goldner, Howard Graf & Kathy Donovan, Guru Krupa Foundation, Lily Han, Heather Harrison, Belinda Pilin Hsu, Alice & Steve Huang, Hung Pin Hung, Investors Foundation, Raymond D. Jasen, the Jim Henson Foundation, Ellen Kodadek, the Laura B. Vogler Foundation, Nelson Lee/Flushing Bank, Janet T. Leow, Anne Lewent, James S. Liao, Emily Lin/Lin & Loveall Foundation, Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Frank Macchio, Materials for the Arts, William McClure/Queens College, Mets Foundation, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Jassy Z. Min, New York Chinese Chorus, TeHsing Niu, Northwell Health, Carlos Ortiz, Queens Art Education Center/Arthur Liu, Richard Quantaro, Queens Courier, Resorts World, Camillo Reyes, RuDance/Asian American Dance Sport Corp., Dominique Sellers, Helen Shieh, Richard Siu, Curtis Smith, Mike Sperendi & Jan Schneider, Taipei Cultural Center in New York, Michael Tang, Veronica Tsang, Tai & Tony Wang/Glow Foundation, Jay Wegman, Constance Wingate, Lucy Wong, Anna Wu, Minwen Yang, Hank Yeh, Sandy Yeh, Shane Yeh, and Angela Qi Zhang.

Special thanks to Calvin W. Chan, Raymond D. Jasen, Ellen Kodadek, Anne Lewent, William McClure, and TeHsing Niu for underwriting a portion of FTH at Home: Global Arts for Global Kids.

Although we cannot list every donor, Flushing Town Hall is grateful for all gifts received and wishes to thank everyone for their ongoing generosity.

About Flushing Town Hall
Flushing Town Hall (FTH), a Smithsonian affiliate, presents multi-disciplinary global arts that engage and educate the global communities of Queens and New York City, in order to foster mutual appreciation. As advocates of arts equity since 1979, we support local, immigrant, national, and international artists, developing partnerships and collaborations that enhance our efforts. As a member of New York City’s Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), we serve to restore, manage and program the historic 1862 landmark on behalf of the City of New York. FTH celebrates the history of Queens as the home of Jazz, by presenting the finest in Jazz performance. We are committed to arts education and hands-on learning, for the arts-curious, arts enthusiasts, and professional artists. We serve one of the most diverse communities in the world and strive to uphold the legacy of inclusiveness that has defined our community since the Flushing Remonstrance of 1657.

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