Queens Jazz OverGround

Queens Streaming Winter JazzFest

The Queens Jazz OverGround (QJOG), a collective that promotes jazz performance and education in the borough of Queens, has partnered with Culture Lab LIC to present the Streaming Winter Jazz Fest, a free series of performances featuring Queens-based jazz musicians.  The performances will stream live on the last three Tuesday evenings of February (Feb. 9th, 16th, and 23rd).

After the Covid-19 pandemic forced QJOG to cancel their annual Spring Jazz Fest they adapted and partnered with Culture Lab LIC to highlight the talents of many renowned and emerging jazz instrumentalists and vocalists in the borough of Queens.  Each evening will feature two professional Queens-based bands, with performances by winners of an NYC student jazz contest at intermission.

Link to video stream here:  www.culturelablic.org/qjog


February 9th 7:30-9pm

  • Adam Hutcheson Quartet: Adam Hutcheson – alto sax, Glenn Zaleski – piano, Peter Brendler – bass, Brian Woodruff – drums
  • Featured Student Videos: Jonathan Berroa – piano, Gilberto Moretti-Hamilton – drums (winners of our 2021 Streaming Jazz Competition)
  • Sharif Kales Quintet, featuring Jessica Golden: Sharif Kales – trumpet, Juanga Lakunza – trombone, Alexis Marcelo – piano, Zaid Shukri – bass, Russell Carter- drums, Special Guest vocalist/spoken word artist: Jessica Golden

February 16th 7:30-9

  • Eugenia Choe Trio: Eugenia Choe – piano, Danny Weller – bass, Alex Wyatt – drums
  • Featured Student Videos: Zoe Sperduto – guitar, Caleb Fumusa – alto sax (winners of our 2021 Streaming Jazz Competition)
  • Juan Felipe Mayorga Quartet: Mike Eckroth – piano, Edward Perez – bass, Mauricio Hererra – congas, Juan Felipe Mayorga – drums

February 23rd 7:30-9

  • Hashem Assadullahi Quartet: Hashem Assadullahi – alto sax, Andrew Washburn – piano, Peter Brendler – bass, Paul Wells – drums
  • Featured Student Videos: Daniel Zapata – guitar, Chloe-Marie Pauyo – flute (winners of our 2021 Streaming Jazz Competition)
  • Jennifer Wharton’s Bonegasm: John Fedchock – trombone, Marshal Gilkes – trombone, Alan Ferber – trombone, Jennifer Wharton – bass trombone, Mike Eckroth – piano, Evan Gregor – bass, Don Peretz – drums


Featured Students Performers:

The intermission of each evening’s webcast will feature the winning video submissions from our 2021 Streaming Jazz Competition.  The Queens Jazz OverGround is accepting video submissions from students (born on or after Sept 1, 2003) living within the five boroughs of NYC.  The competition is open to soloists and rhythm section players.  Students are provided two compositions to perform and improvise upon, one using the cornerstone form of the blues, and the other based on the seminal work, Recorda Mé, by the jazz icon Joe Henderson. In addition to being featured in our streaming festival, winners will receive a $25.00 gift certificate to NYC’s legendary Jazz Record Center.


The Queens Streaming Winter JazzFest is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Queens Council on the Arts.

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