Another Fillius Jazz Interview between Carol Sudhalter and Monk Rowe, re Pandemic Era adjustments

July 29, 2020


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


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.



September 12, 2019

Not sure I ever posted this wonderful interview!


Another article about the FTH Jam all-stars concert

July 17, 2019




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.



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.

















May 19, 2019




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


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



April 28, 2019

VERY nice review indeed!!15 NYC JR.jpg


Some Excellent Reviews of “Carol Sudhalter Quartet Live at St. Peter’s”

March 16, 2019


Carol Sudhalter Quartet live at Saint Peter’s Church
alfa MuSiC
A pioneering woman in jazz, Carol Sudhalter has, since the early 1970s, been advancing the cause of women in jazz as a musician (she is among the finest baritone saxophonists of the past several decades but also quite accomplished on tenor sax and flute), big band and combo leader, producer, and educator. She played with the first female Latin band and founded the Astoria Big Band (still active for 33 years). She had a discography of over ten albums to which this new release, recorded at a performance at New York’s famed St. Peters Church is a welcome addition.
She is backed by a tight quartet that includes Patrick Poladian-piano, Kevin Hailey-upright bass, and Mike Campenni-drums and they perform fresh renditions of songs by Jobim, Sonny Rollins, Benny Golson, Tadd Dameron, Bill Evans, Hank Mob- ley, Don Redman and two originals. The opening ren- dition of Tadd Dameron’s “On a Misty Night” quickly establishes the authority and inventiveness she brings to the baritone sax with her robust, brawny attack while the backing trio provides strong support throughout this swinging, modern jazz set.
There is a haunting Benny Golson ballad “Park Avenue Petite” that exhibits her emotional range on the baritone sax while Hailey contributes a melodically grounded solo. There is a lovely flute solo on Bill Ev- ans’ “Time Remembered.” There is a bit of swagger to her playing on Hank Mobley’s “Funk in Deep Freeze” along with some stunning piano which leads into a crisp drum solo.
She sings with a certain charm on “Colin Blues” which is dedicated to one of her students. It should be noted that the vocal, along with spoken announce- ments, is not well miked. Poladian is terrific here as is the leader on flute. There is a strong rendition of Sonny Rollins’ “Valse Hot” along with Poladian‘s swing- ing “Fun in the Alley” with the leader’s playful flute. Bassist Hailey is featured on “Gee Baby Ain’t I Good To You,” set against some excellent piano while Campenni varies his stick work to complement the two. A short melodic reading of Jobim’s “Luiza” closes this strong live recording by a woman who should be much better known. Ron Weinstock
Here’s another: CD Review: http://www.musiczoom.it/?p=30386 – .XJa_VmiNy70

carol-sudhalter-quartet-live-at-saint-peter-s-churchLa sassofonista baritono e flautista Carol Sudhalter è conosciuta da tempo fra l’Europa e gli Stati Uniti, anche in Italia, come dimostra questa nuova incisione per la Alfa Music. Si tratta di un live registrato in una chiesa situata sulla Lennox Avenue a new York, insieme ad un trio di connazionali, Patrick Poladian al pinoforte, Kevin Hailey al contrabbasso e Mike Campenni alla batteria. Questa volta rinuncia al sax tenore, suo terzo strumento di solito, in compenso canta su Colin Blues. Si tratta di un mainstream radicato nella tradizione, con dei brani scelti con arguzia, mettendo insieme un concerto che si fa ascoltare attentamente dall’inizio alla fine. Gli ingredienti sono quelli del genere, tanto swing e comunicatività, senza dimenticare un poco di blues e la bossa nova, ormai parte integrante del jazz mainstream internazionale. Si incomincia con un classico del bop, On A Misty Night di Tadd Dameron, segue Park Avenue Petite di Benny Golson, su Time Remembered di Bill Evans la leader passa al flauto. Il pubblico applaude caloroso fra un brano e l’altro, rapito dall’espressività del quartetto, molto intenso e convincente, fino al finale Luiza di Antonio Carlos Jobim. Fun In The Alley è un brano del pianista, con la leader al flauto, anche qui tanto swing negli assoli. Nell’intero concerto rivive la tradizione del jazz mainstream, sempre vivo e coinvolgente per gli ascoltatori.

Genere: Mainstream jazz
Label: Alfa Music
Year: 2019


01. On A Misty Night
02. Park Avenue Petite
03. Time Remembered
04. Funk In Deep Freese
05. Colin Blues
06. Valse Hot
07. Fun In The Alley
08. Gee Baby Ain’t I Good To You
09. Luiza



Music That Sticks To My Soul


Live at Saint Peter’s Church

February 20, 2019


Jonathan Widran

Long renowned as the pioneer of the Queens, NY jazz scene who founded both the Astoria Jazz Band and Astoria Big Band (going strong now for 33 years), Carol Sudhalter marks two creative firsts on Live at Saint Peter’s Church, a picture perfect date at the Lexington Avenue sanctuary with her remarkable ensemble of Patrick Paladian (piano), Kevin Hailey (upright bass) and Mike Campenni (drums).


It’s her first recording ever featuring her on baritone sax and flute with no tenor supplement. Focusing on the two instruments here allows her to hit emotional highs and lows perfectly.

She plumbs the depth of her horn’s soul while swinging on the opener “On a Misty Night” and “Funk in Deep Freeze,” and uses her dreamy, wistful flute to help us penetrate the haunted heart of Benny Golson’s “Park Avenue Petite” and find lightheartedness amidst the bluesy seduction of “Colin Blues.” This latter track also finds Sudhalter making her vocal debut on record, singing spirited lyrics about one of her students.