JCAL’s Jazz Concert Series Starts Next Week

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John Escreet

BY JON CRONIN

The Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning has announced its fall Thursday Night Jazz Series in partnership with the Jazz Gallery’s 2017-2018 season.

The season begins on Oct. 12 with the “transatlantic jazz genius” John Escreet Trio. The performance will take place at JCAL’s Community Gallery on every second Thursday of each month from October through June.

Escreet’s 2008 debut album, Consequences, gave him the reputation of an exciting new pianist and composer. He was named the residency artist for the Jazz Gallery in 2017. Although it is just shy of a decade since his first album, he has received numerous awards—such as the Chamber Music America New Jazz Works, CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and an award from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

The New York City Jazz Record described him as “a musical omnivore who embraces aspects of contemporary classical music, Frank Zappa, dance music, electronica and a wide swath of jazz, from bop to avant-garde. What comes out is uniquely personal—some of the most inventive and distinct jazz around today.”

“This program is designed to respond to the demand for nightlife to return to downtown Jamaica,” JCAL Executive Director Cathy Hung said of this season’s roster. “We want to bring the vibrant Queens Jazz scene to Downtown Jamaica and build audience for the culture that lives right here.”

Hung said that JCAL’s partnership with the Jazz Gallery will create one of the borough’s most compelling concert series and features some of today’s finest emerging jazz musicians. The Jazz Gallery is described as a premier performance venue for emerging international artists who challenge convention, take creative risks and lead their field as performers, composers and thinkers.

This season’s productions feature the young New-York based collective Secret Mall, Latin American jazz singer and guitarist Camila Meza, saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins and His Quartet, four-part chord-less creative collective Earprint, Jazz Gallery 2017 Residency Commission recipients Swiss saxophonist Maria Grand and trumpeter Adam O’Farill, classically trained pianist Sam Harris and Carnatic music young virtuosi Roopa Mahadevan, Anjna Swaminathan and Abhinav Seetharaman.

Every second Thursday of each month, JCAL transforms its community gallery into a jazz club to create an intimate setting for a concert. All concerts start at 8 p.m. with $10 general admission. Tickets are available online at www.jcal.org. Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning is located at 161-04 Jamaica Ave. For more information, visit JCAL’s website at www.jcal.org.

Reach Jon Cronin at 718-357-7400 x125, jcronin@queenstribune.com or @JonathanSCronin.

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