Queens Jazz Orchestra: 10th Year Anniversary at Flushing Town Hall

On Friday, June 29, Flushing Town Hall’s Queens Jazz Orchestra returns to the stage for a special 10th anniversary show in honor of National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Dr. Jimmy Heath. Since 2008, the Queens Jazz Orchestra has performed for thousands of jazz lovers under the direction of Dr. Heath.

“At the age of 91, many of my colleagues have passed, but their memory lives on through their music, ” says Dr. Heath. “It is important to have performances like this from the Queens Jazz Orchestra because we don’t want our history to be a mystery, and we want to continue to inspire young people to love jazz.”

The Queens Jazz Orchestra features established jazz heroes and the next generation of greats. Their performances honor music made popular by jazz icons who called Queens their home. The 10th anniversary show will celebrate Jimmy Heath and his life’s journey through jazz.

Looking back on his storied career, Dr. Heath marvels that many of his students are now teaching the next generation. “It is inspiring to see the tradition being passed on continuously, ” he says.

Heath’s compositions have been recorded by other legendary artists and jazz greats, including Art Farmer, Cannonball Adderley, Clark Terry, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, James Moody, Milt Jackson, Ahmad Jamal, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie J.J Johnson and Dexter Gordon. “All I can say is, if you know Jimmy Heath, you know Bop, ” Gillespie once quipped.

During his storied career, Queens resident Jimmy Heath has performed on more than 100 record albums including seven with The Heath Brothers and twelve as a leader. Jimmy has also written more than 125 compositions, many of which have become jazz standards. He has also composed extended works– seven suites and two string quartets– and he premiered his first symphonic work, “Three Ears, ” in 1988.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Flushing Town Hall’s Queens Jazz Orchestra, a group that embodies the deep roots of jazz in our borough, ” says Executive & Artistic Director, Ellen Kodadek. “We are proud to be honoring the legendary Jimmy Heath, who has expertly led the Queens Jazz Orchestra since its inception. We will be forever grateful for Dr. Heath’s innumerable contributions to the genre, and we hope jazz lovers will join us to celebrate him with cake and the concert!”

Tickets are $42/$32 members/$20 students and table packages are available for $125/$100 members (reserved table for two with wine and snacks). The event is open to all ages. You can access details by visiting or by calling (718) 463-7700 x222.

Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train - at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens. Access for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility is available.

This season, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for FREE. Under the “Teen Access Program, ” all 13- to 19-year-old boys and girls (whether a member or not) will be welcomed to attend any performance for free. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture.

Queens Jazz Orchestra: 10th Year Anniversary!
FRI, JUNE 29, 8 PM
$42/$32 Members/$20 Students; Table Package: $125/$100 Members (Reserved Table for 2, Wine & Snacks)
Since 2008, Flushing Town Hall’s Queens Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of NEA Jazz Master Dr. Jimmy Heath, has performed to thousands of jazz lovers, honoring music made popular by jazz icons who called Queens their home, featuring established jazz heroes and the next generation of greats. Our 10th anniversary celebration will honor Jimmy Heath, and his life’s journey through jazz.

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 Costa Constantinides, Daniel Dromm, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Barry Grodenchik, Peter Koo, Karen Koslowitz, and Paul A. Vallone; and the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation.

Support is also provided by 888 Realty USA, William & Joan Cai, Cathay Bank, Chang Jiang Supermarket, Michael Cheng / Epos Development, Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou / New York Institute of Culture and the Arts, Con Edison, Crossings TV, Culture Center of TECO in New York, Decorama Building & Plumbing Supplies, Exploring the Metropolis, Firstrade Securities, Kuang-Yu Fong / Chinese Theatre Works, Barbara Garii, Howard Graf & Kathy Donovan, the Glow Foundation, Heather Harrison / Farrell Fritz, David M. Hunter, Raymond D. Jasen, the Jim Henson Foundation, Ellen J. Kodadek, Nelson Lee / Flushing Bank, James S. Liao, Steven Lii / New United NY Corp, Anita Lin, Lin & Loveall Foundation, Linden Arts Fund for Children, Lucy Liou, Anita Liu, the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Materials for the Arts, William McClure / Queens College, the NYC & Company Foundation, New York Community Trust, Queens Art Education Center / Arthur Liu, Georgiana Reese-Benatti / New York Community Bank & New York Community Bank Foundation, New York Shandong Association, RuDance / Asian American Dance Sport Corp., Mike Sperendi & Jan Schneider, Sterling National Bank, Veronica Tsang, WAC Lighting, Tony & Tai Wang, Edwina and Eldwin Wong, George Xu / Century Development Group, Minwen Yang, Hank Yeh, and Sandy Yeh.

About Flushing Town Hall
Flushing Town Hall (FTH) 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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