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Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning

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March 2020

Friday Nights @ JAC f/ Aaron Edgcomb

March 6 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jamaica Center For Arts & Learning, 164-04 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, United States
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Free

The Erato Series is a collection of compositions for improvising chamber ensemble that deal with frenetic musical movement, improvisation, and musical permeability, drawing on compositional techniques developed by György Ligeti and John Zorn. Aaron is a composer, drummer, and percussionist…

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Chivalrous Creativity

March 10 @ 10:30 am
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$5 – $7

Celebrate creativity!  In a world that seems dark and scary find the light and how to use it!  Through puppetry the students will explore how their own unique creativity is a force that can change the world one person at…

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2nd Thursday Night Jazz at JCAL w/ Arta Jekabsone

March 12 @ 8:00 pm
Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$10

New York City based Latvian singer, composer and arranger Arta Jēkabsone is recognized by her velvety tone. Arta engages listeners with emotional and honest, adventurous and joyful expression of music. Recently Arta was awarded with the First Prize at Montreux…

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Omar Edwards’ Workshop: Dancin’ the Music

March 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Jamaica Center For Arts & Learning, 164-04 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, United States
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Free

Students are inspired to take tap dancing to a new level using their feet as percussive instruments. Omar Edwards, accompanied by his multi-instrumentalist bandmate Shaine Wilson (on bass, drums, keyboards and vocals), will lead a jam-packed workshop where the students…

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Omar Edwards & Company: Vaude / A Toast to the Boogie

March 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jamaica Center For Arts & Learning, 164-04 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, United States
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$15 – $20

It’s about the sound! It’s about the dance! It’s about the music! Legendary tap dancer and musician Omar Edwards returns to JCAL with his vaudeville and cabaret-inspired VAUDE / A Toast to the Boogie for a three-performance series. Edwards and…

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Jamaica Flux Open Call (Deadline: March 28th)

March 28
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Free

Not confined by gallery walls, Jamaica Flux is a contemporary public art project in which visual and performance art are displayed at a variety of locations along Jamaica Avenue. ​Artist submissions for Jamaica Flux 2021 are now being accepted through…

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April 2020

Wild Kingdom w/ Dance Entropy

April 1 @ 10:30 am
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$5 – $7

VG/DE creates interactive dances that encourage creativity, discovery and inquiry among young audience members, engaging them in arts & culture programs in their own neighborhoods and schools. "Wild Kingdom" is a nonsense amalgamation of movement, animal behaviors, facial expressions, and…

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Friday Nights @ JAC f/ James Fernando

April 3 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jamaica Center For Arts & Learning, 164-04 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, United States
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Free

Fernando is constantly searching for outlets to expand his artistry and connect with new audiences. “Electronically Augmented Piano” (EAP) is a term he uses to expand the acoustic piano as a live, real-time signal source for effects. This technique showcases…

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Monstah Black: Crescent Moon Performance, Featuring Cotton and an Intimate Conversation

April 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$5 – $10

World-acclaimed multidisciplinary performing and recording artist, Monstah Black, expertly defies genre and gender, producing fun-drenched creations that fuse his love of dance, music, fashion and the visual arts. As part of his year-long JCAL “Peak Moments” residency, his Crescent Moon…

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2nd Thursday Night Jazz at JCAL w/ Giveton Gelin

April 9 @ 8:00 pm
Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$10

Giveton graduated high school in the Bahamas, and then moved to Ohio to study with Dr. Eddie Henderson at the Oberlin Conservatory. That very year he won top positions at both the Young Arts Foundation and the Betty Carter Jazz…

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Friday Nights @ JAC f/ Keith Jordan

April 10 @ 8:00 pm
Jamaica Center For Arts & Learning, 164-04 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, United States
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Free

Keith Jordan was born in Brooklyn and raised in Jamaica, Queens. He earned his BA in Music Education from Queens College, where he studied with Bobby Broom, Rodney Jones and Ron Jackson. While at the College College, he learned jazz…

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Friday Nights @ JAC f/ Ashley Keiko

April 17 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jamaica Center For Arts & Learning, 164-04 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, United States
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Free

A performer, educator, advocator, entrepreneur, and founder and president of Keiko Studios, Ashley Keiko is an up-and-coming multi-talent who has studied classical piano for fifteen years and the alto saxophone for twelve years. Ashley received her BA in Jazz Performance…

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May 2020

Friday Nights @ JAC f/ Catherine Chen and Ajna Dance Company

May 1 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jamaica Center For Arts & Learning, 164-04 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, United States
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Free

Catherine Chen is a poet and performer who is queer, brown, disabled, and femme. Catherine performs as a cast member of The Poetry Brothel, a literary cabaret production by The Poetry Society of New York. Ajna Dance is a New…

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Friday Nights @ JAC f/ Bria Monét

May 8 @ 8:00 pm
Jamaica Center For Arts & Learning, 164-04 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, United States
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Free

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Bria Monét creates for the healing properties of song. At 25 years old, this soulful singer is influenced by the jazz and rhythm & blues that her father raised her on and the classical chamber music she…

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2nd Thursday Night Jazz at JCAL w/ Chris Dingman

May 14 @ 8:00 pm
Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$10

Hailed by the New York Times as a “dazzling” soloist and a composer with a “fondness for airtight logic and burnished lyricism,” his integrative approach to composition lends his music a fluidity and accessibility that transcends genres and has earned…

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Friday Nights @ JAC f/ J La Sol

May 15 @ 8:00 pm
Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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J La Sol is a poet and emcee hailing from Queens, NY. Generally known as a quiet child, Sol found his voice through the power of poetry, which ultimately evolved into the art of music. Since then, he has used…

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Caribbean Carnival w/ Carnival Trio

May 21 @ 10:30 am
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$5 – $7

Join the Carnival Trio in this highly interactive program. Swing and sway to the music of the islands. Learn about the culture of the Caribbean, the origins of steel drum music, and how the steel drums are constructed from recycled…

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Monstah Black: “Peak Moments” – Finale Extravaganza

May 30
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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TBD

The culmination of Monstah’s year-long JCAL “Peak Moments” residency -- workshops, classes, exhibits and performances -- this eye-popping Finale Extravaganza stars a plethora of models starring Monstah Black, with partner Manchildblack, as The Illustrious Blacks. Inspired by Black’s exhibit installation…

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June 2020

2nd Thursday Night Jazz at JCAL w/ Thana Alexa

June 11 @ 8:00 pm
Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$10

Alexa is the 2016 and 2017 Downbeat Critic’s Poll Rising Female Vocalist, runner up in the 2014 Made in NY Jazz Competition, winner of the 2011 Jazzon Alpe-Adria International Competition and nominee in the category of Best Jazz Composition for…

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Omar Edwards’ Workshop: Dancin’ the Music

June 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Jamaica Center For Arts & Learning, 164-04 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, United States
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Free

Students are inspired to take tap dancing to a new level using their feet as percussive instruments. Omar Edwards, accompanied by his multi-instrumentalist bandmate Shaine Wilson (on bass, drums, keyboards and vocals), will lead a jam-packed workshop where the students…

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Omar Edwards & Company: Vaude / A Toast to the Boogie

June 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jamaica Center For Arts & Learning, 164-04 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, United States
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$15 – $20

It’s about the sound! It’s about the dance! It’s about the music! Legendary tap dancer and musician Omar Edwards returns to JCAL with his vaudeville and cabaret-inspired VAUDE / A Toast to the Boogie for a three-performance series. Edwards and…

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The New York Philharmonic’s Very Young People’s Concerts: Woodwinds

June 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$5

Families come in all shapes and sizes. Join Philippe the Penguin and Musicians from the New York Philharmonic to discover different families of instruments that live within an orchestra through games, storytelling, and hands-on music-making in one fun-filled hour and…

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