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My Role at Flushing Town Hall Jazz Jam in NY Times

September 24, 2019

Pleased to share the good news of a little blurb in the New York Times today about our Jam

FLUSHINGTOWNHALL.ORG

Flushing Town Hall’s mission is to present multi-disciplinary global arts that engage and educate the global communities of Queens, New York and…

 The Monthly Jazz Jams are supported in part by a grant from The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc.

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CAROL SUDHALTER INTERVIEWED BY MONK ROWE FOR FILLIUS JAZZ ARCHIVE

September 12, 2019

Not sure I ever posted this wonderful interview!

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Another article about the FTH Jam all-stars concert

July 17, 2019

https://flushingtownhall.wordpress.com/2019/07/10/flushing-town-hall-presents-1st-jazz-jam-all-stars-concert-with-10-stellar-musicians-on-august-4/

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UPCOMING 2019 ‘FTH JAM ALL-STARS CONCERT’ ANNOUNCEMENT – AUGUST 4

July 17, 2019

Flushing Town Hall presents inaugural Jazz Jam All-Stars concert in August

Photo courtesy of Sharif Kales
Sharif Kales is one of the 10 musicians featured at Flushing Town Hall’s first-ever Jazz Jam All-Stars concert

Next month, head to Flushing to get a taste of jazz music that isn’t in a Manhattan nightclub.

Flushing Town Hall is presenting its first-ever Jazz Jam All-Stars concert, featuring 10 musicians and vocalists hailing from Queens and Long Island. On Aug. 4, concert participants will perform the music of Louis Armstrong followed by a group jam session.

Following the concert, participants will pose for a portrait on the steps of Flushing Town Hall, echoing Art Kane’s photograph “A Great Day in Harlem.” Proceeds from the event will go toward keeping the institution’s monthly Jazz Jams free to musicians.

On the first Wednesday evening every month, hundreds of musicians, including the 10 featured in the concert, participate in Flushing Town Hall’s Monthly Jazz Jam: Celebrating the Legacy of Louis Armstrong.

“I’m so thrilled for all of the All-Stars,” said Gabrielle M. Hamilton, Flushing Town Hall’s director of education and public programs. “When Flushing Town Hall first launched our monthly Jazz Jams eight years ago, a small group of amateur and professional musicians and fans gathered. Over time these wonderful artists have developed their artistic skills and formed professional alliances, even as our artists and audience members have grown and bonded. Now our jams feature amazing performances from all of our artists and a strong sense of community and fellowship. The All-Stars concert is a fundraiser in celebration of their talent and our Flushing Town Hall Jazz Jam ‘family’ and I invite all music lovers – from Queens and beyond – to join us in this communal musical spectacular!”

The following is a list of participating musicians in next month’s concert:

  • Sharif Kales (trumpet) of Flushing
  • Sarah Turkiew (baritone saxophone) of Bethpage, Long Island
  • Keith Jordan (guitar) of Hollis Hills
  • Iga Flyree Mrozek (vocals) of Jackson Heights
  • Frank Robinson (vocals) of Jamaica
  • Gary Davis (vocals) of East Elmhurst
  • Jose Luis Armengot (trumpet) of Rego Park
  • Victor Acosta (alto saxophone) of Kew Gardens
  • Glen Lowe (drums) of Corona
  • Mamoru Tashiro (guitar) of Astoria

Jazz saxophonist and event emcee Carol Sudhalter runs the monthly jams and was also involved in the committee that chose the featured concert performers. Sudhalter, who has lived in Astoria since 1978, has pioneered several jazz series in Queens.

She also teaches jazz improvisation, flute, sax, clarinet and piano, and masterclasses in jazz and in “English Diction for Singers” throughout the United States and in Italy.

“This concert is a landmark event in the history of jazz in Queens. No one should miss this presentation of some of our most promising artists,” said Sudhalter.

She added that the concert is a culmination of the growth many of the musicians have experienced throughout the year during the monthly jam sessions. Since she became involved in 2016, she said that both musician and audience attendance for the sessions has doubled.

Sudhalter attributes the growth to “word of mouth, good promotion and a user-friendly atmosphere.” She shared that other jam sessions are more competitive and musicians, especially beginners, are more comfortable at the Town Hall jam sessions.

Veteran musician Sharif Kales, who has played the trumpet for 25 years, attests to the warm atmosphere.

“It’s just good vibes, everyone is just trying to play and learn from each other,” Kales said. “It’s definitely welcoming and [beginner] students definitely feel more welcomed.”

During the concert, Kales plans to play an original piece as well as popular jazz standard called “Never Let Me Go.”

The Jazz Jam All-Stars event is on Sunday, Aug. 4, starting with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by the concert at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for the general public, $15 for members and free to teens ages 13 to 19. Purchase tickets at flushingtownhall.org or by calling 718-463-7700 ext. 222.

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MY 2019 SU-CASA PROJECT IN ASTORIA

June 24, 2019

I was honored to have been chosen once again this year, to carry out a Su-Casa artist project at a Senior Center.

Our project is a musical show with script conceived, written, edited, revised and then performed by the class over the course of the 6-month period.

The chosen senior center was Central Astoria Development Coalition.

Since the spot was too small and not an actual senior center, they partnered with Dellamonica Senior Center to use as a venue for the show.

The title of the show is “The Yellow Brick Road of Life”.

Below are photos from the various sessions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEW REVIEW IN JAZZ WEEKLY

May 19, 2019

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DOWN BEAT JUNE 2019 REVIEWS MY CD

April 28, 2019

This is the online version! Quite nice I thought! Excited. Picture was also included.

Carol Sudhalter Quartet Live At Saint Peter’s Church

ALFA PROJECTS

2 1/2 stars

Carol Sudhalter Quartet Live At Saint Peter’s Church ALFA PROJECTS 194 ++½ Sometimes it’s about the simple pleasures, and this straightahead set by veteran saxophonist and flutist Carol Sudhalter has some goods to offer in that department. Recorded live at Saint Peter’s Church in New York, the music here is largely light and unobtrusive, and certainly never challenging or arty. Still, there’s a depth of feeling in Sudhalter’s playing that rewards attention, even in the set’s most conventional moments. Her airy baritone playing can be a touch ragged here and there, leaving something to be desired when she tackles, say, a Sonny Rollins tune like “Valse Hot.” Her turns at the flute, though, are consistently rewarding, as she coaxes a delicate melancholy from compositions like Bill Evans’ “Time Remembered.” There are, however, shortcomings in regard to recording quality, which sadly get in the way of a fuller appreciation of the album’s strengths. Somewhere along the line, treble and hi-mids get overemphasized in the mix, making for a harsh, compressed sound on the hi-hats and in the saxophone’s higher register. That’s a distracting shame, since this set, while not innovative, is otherwise perfectly enjoyable. —Dustin Krcatovich Live At Saint Peter’s Church: On A Misty Night; Park Avenue Petite; Time Remembered; Funk In Deep Freeze; Colin Blues; Valse Hot; Fun In The Alley; Gee Baby Ain’t I Good to You; Luiza. (48:07) Personnel: Carol Sudhalter, baritone saxophone, flute, vocals; Patrick Poladian, piano; Kevin Hailey, bass; Mike Campenni, drums. Ordering info: alfamusic.com