July 26, 2016 Staff Report
More than three decades after its inception, the SummerStage program that brings free performances to community parks is stronger than ever.
Though the season kicked of in May, there is still plenty of time to catch some free entertainment in Queensbridge Park, which located on Vernon Boulevard by 41st Avenue.
The festival this year highlights a musical form that was largely developed in New York: Jazz.
“The focus on jazz this season coincides with the upcoming centennial of the musical dawning of the term ‘jazz,’ as well as what would have been the 100th birthdays of late jazz greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Ella Fitzgerald,” the organizers explained in a statement.
The summer festival, which runs from May through September, is organized by the City Parks Foundation, an independent, non-profit organization that puts on events in parks all over the city. “Our ethos is simple: we believe thriving parks reflect thriving communities,” explains the CPF website.
While not all performances are Jazz, all are free to the community.
The following is a list of performances at Queensbridge Park:
- July 26th, 7 pm, Black Moon & Smif-N-Wessun
- July 27th, 7 pm, Dianne Reeves/DJ Greg Caz
- July 28th, 7 pm, Lyfe Jennings
- July 29th, 7 pm, Nuyorican Poets Café: Paolo Javier and Maria Lisella host a night of Queens Poets
- July 30th, 7 pm, Stefanie Batten Bland with Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber/Master Class: Karisma Jay
- July 31st, 4 pm, Marc Cary: The Harlem Jam Sessions/Joseph Webb: Dancing Buddhas/WBGO Kids Jazz Concerts Featuring Brianna Thomas & The Jazz Travelers
For the full schedule and line-up for SummerStage programming, visit www.SummerStage.org for festival information.