Tuesday, June 24, 2014

"On Stage at Kingsborough" announces Hot Summer Nights in Brooklyn! Free concert series!

                                                  (Carole J. Bufford)

Tomorrow, "On Stage at Kingsborough" will announce the line-up of exclusive Brooklyn engagements for its annual free outdoor concert series taking place every Saturday evening in July at the Kingsborough Bandshell.  

"Our summer concert schedule is tremendously exciting as we welcome some of the most acclaimed jazz artists in the country," stated Anna Becker, Executive Director of On Stage At Kingsborough. "Each concert will offer a very different experience - from Swing to Blues to The Great American Songbook to Modern Jazz - and all of them will provide a thrilling evening of music in the shadow of Kingsborough's lighthouse by the sea."


Jeremy Davis & The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra

Celebrate Independence Day with this Big Band tribute to America and great American music. Patriotic tunes as well as made-in-the-USA songs such as Coming to America, Route 66, andGeorgia will fill the air for this holiday concert. Lauded as a cross between Prairie Home Companion and the Dean Martin Variety show, this Savannah-based band plays New York City's hottest night clubs, including The Blue Note and The Iridium.

"Performing with an unabashed, unquenchable joy and a lot of unbridled fun, Equinox finds a way to sound both timeless and brand new." - somethingelse.com

Grammy-Nominee John Beasley's MONK'estra
MONK'estra is a 16-piece big modern jazz band that captures the spirit of Thelonious Monk's unique quirkiness and offbeat accents. Beasley's contemporary twist incorporates Big Band instrumentation, Afro-Cuban rhythms, and Modern Jazz, powerfully driven by a propulsive rhythm section. This show has sold out nationally at the Ford Theatre, SF JAZZ Center, the Jazz Standard, and many more!
Beasley was pianist/keyboardist for Miles Davis, Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Christian McBride, and Barbra Streisand, and has played, composed or music directed for Skyfall, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Godfather III, Kelly Clarksonand Carrie Underwood. John Beasley has recorded 11 CDs including the Grammy-nominated Positootly!
"Beasley is a real genius" -Sounds of Timeless Jazz
"Some of the most mesmerizing big band music of recent memory!" - International Review of Music

Carole J. Bufford with Grammy Award-Winners Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks
Music from a time when love was for sale, but liquor was not.

This Nightlife Award-winning show is a musical extravaganza that takes us back to a time when flappers, vamps and sheiks were shimmying in gin joints to songs made famous by the likes of Sophie Tucker, Al Jolson, Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, and more.

Carole J. Bufford is an award-winning vocalist who The New York Times deemed "a 21stcentury Barbra Streisand." She has performed to rave reviews at Town Hall, Feinstein's, 54 Below, and Lincoln Center. Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks are the Grammy Awarding-winning Jazz Age band of Boardwalk Empire fame. They have played the Rainbow Room, the Waldorf Astoria, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall, and for numerous feature films.   

"Carole J. Bufford is a sizzling cabaret performer!" - The New York Times

 "...the Nighthawks are one of New York's musical treasures of any genre. ..." - The Wall Street Journal

SATURDAY, JULY 26, 8:00 p.m.
With Guest Vocalist Gina Fox
Swingadelic, known as New York City's greatest "little big band," delivers the traditional Big Band and Great American Songbook music of Duke Ellington and Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack era in swingin' style. The band has released 6 CDs, including the Jazz Week chart-topping "The Other Duke," and has played at Lincoln Center, NJ PAC, Swing 46 Supper Club, and festivals such as Bele Chere, MusikFest, and the CD 109 Jazz & Blues Festival.

"A high-impact, deep-throated, thundering band!" - All About Jazz

"Big-hearted, good-time, feelin'-fine jazz played with serious proficiency." - Jazz Inside Magazine


All concerts take place at Kingsborough's Bandshell, on the campus of Kingsborough Community College.
Admission and parking is free and open to the public.
Kingsborough's gates open at 7:00 p.m. and the concerts begin at 8:00 p.m.
Reservations are not necessary.
A limited number of seats are available, but all are welcome to bring blankets and folding chairs for our grassy areas as well.

Rain Location: In the event of inclement weather, the concerts will be relocated to the air conditioned Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center. Updated location information will be available on our box office line - (718) 368-5596 - starting at 4:00 p.m. on concert days.

Picnic Information: To complete a gorgeous night of great music in a friendly community setting, our gates open at 7:00 p.m. and picnicking is welcomed. Dumplings, egg rolls, ice cream, and beverages will be available for sale.

For more information:
Box Office Location: On Stage atKingsborough box office, Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard (cross street: Oxford), Brooklyn, NY. There is ample, free parking on the campus.
Box Office Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
By Phone: (718) 368-5596
Online: www.OnStageAtKingsborough.org (video/audio links for concerts available.)

DIRECTIONS: By Car: AMPLE, FREE PARKING is available and we are just minutes from Exit 8 off the Belt Parkway. By Bus: Take the B1 or B49 bus straight to our gates. By Subway: Take the B, Q, F, D, or N and transfer to the B1 bus for a short ride to our gates.

On Stage At Kingsborough brings artistically and culturally diverse, multi-disciplinary performances from masters of the form to the varied communities within and surrounding the college. We strive to create an environment where the arts are an accessible and integral part of life, and the Arts Center is a community gathering place for interaction and inspiration. We offer performances in theatre, dance, music, and children's theatre. Our schooltime shows welcome classes from local public and private schools, a majority of which serves economically-disadvantaged or special needs populations.

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