December, 2013

Cambria Heights

Queens saxophonist makes splash in the City

For the past decade, Cambria Heights saxophonist Carl Bartlett Jr. has been playing his way to the top of the city’s jazz scene. Comments (2)

Queens musicians pen song for victims of Sandy Hook

When Whitestone singer Frances Cozzolino first heard about the Sandy Hook school shooting one year ago, she turned to music to create a message of love for those affected. Comment

Boston Pops ring in holidays at Queens College

During the upcoming weekend, a little bit of Beantown blows into Flushing with a crescendo of holiday tunes. Comment

November, 2013

I Sit and Look Out

City Opera had sets for ‘49 Puccini tribute built in Queens

The first opera I saw was “Faust” at a Saturday matinee of the New York City Opera in what had been the Masonic Temple on 55th Street. I was attending City College at night and working as a copy boy and then a clerk on the city desk of The New York Times. Comments (1)

Whitestone guitarist rocks out with his bandmates

Michael Rubin, the Whitestone native who is the lead guitarist and vocalist for rock band The Inoculated Canaries, talks about his band’s music with the knowledge and passion of someone who’s been playing for years. It’s easy to forget he’s just 14 years old. Comment

Second half of Simon and Garfunkel hails from boro

Legendary singing duo Simon and Garfunkel helped define the singer-songwriter generation of the 1960s with their blend of folk and pop music, charming melodies and catchy lyrics. Half of that storied partnership is Forest Hills native Art Garfunkel, born Nov. 5, 1941. Comment

October, 2013

Long Island City

Iraqi vet uses music ten years after tour

A one-time U.S. Marine scout sniper will celebrate the 10th anniversary of his return from the Iraq War with a special concert at Long Island City’s Secret Theatre Sunday evening. Comment

Sir Paul McCartney makes Astoria stop

A buzz swept through Astoria’s cultural campus last week when international pop star Paul McCartney played a surprise concert for 400 students at the Frank Sinatra High School of the Performing Arts. Comment

September, 2013


Quality of music has decreased

Music reflects our values, uplifts, inspires and reveals our dreams and aspirations. Some composers and artists, however, no longer idolize the beautiful and elegant but glorify the coarse and vulgar. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Neighbors complain after Forest Hills concert

The Forest Hills Tennis Stadium came back to life last month when it hosted English folk rock band Mumford & Sons. Comment

Cyndi Lauper comes home with an ‘Unusual’ concert

Thirty years after she bopped onto the music scene, Cyndi Lauper comes home for a special performance at Queens College’s Colden Auditorium Oct. 20. Comments (1)

August, 2013

College Point

Queens violinist makes the journey from subway platforms to Lincoln Center

When Frank Sinatra sang that iconic song, “New York, New York,” making it in this city was just as tough as it is today, especially for musicians and artists. Comment
Forest Hills Gardens

FH Tennis Stadium makes rock ‘n’ roll comeback

After years of quiet, the West Side Tennis Club will rock once more. Based in Forest Hills, the stadium has not hosted a concert since the 1990s. Comment

The Dirty Gems shine with latest EP release

Earlier this spring a new band became part of New York’s emerging music scene as semi-finalists representing Queens at the 2013 Battle of the Boroughs talent quest held this March at The Greene Space in Manhattan. The Dirty Gems beat the competition and won first place and grand prize. Then they went on to compete in the Ultimate Battle in June. Comment

Social media frenzy helps Jamaica street festival thrive

Organizers of the 17th annual Jamaica Arts and Music Summer Festival spread the word through Facebook, Twitter and Yelp this year, which helped make the event bigger and better than ever. Comment

Dragon Boat Festival: Racing is just the beginning

A profusion of color and entertainment will take over Flushing Meadows Corona Park for the 23rd annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival Aug. 10-11. Comment

July, 2013


JAMS is sweet on southeast Queens

Nearly two decades ago, a group of Jamaica residents decided it was time for somebody to highlight the diverse talents of southeast Queens. Comments (1)

S. Jamaica’s 50 Cent made his name as rapper, actor

During an almost 20-year career as a recording artist in rap music, Curtis Jackson III, a native of South Jamaica, has been better known by his stage name: 50 Cent. Comments (1)
St. Albans

Sweet sounds of jazz in St. Albans

Music lovers flocked to St. Albans last weekend for the 11th annual St. Albans Jazz Festival. Comments (1)
St. Albans

St. Albans celebrates its musical history at 11th jazz festival

St. Albans, the southeast Queens mecca for jazz musicians, pays tribute to its musical heritage with the 11th annual St. Albans Jazz Festival this weekend at St. Albans Memorial Park. Comment

June, 2013


Forest Park’s concert cranks it all the way up

Nearly 2 1/2 decades after Greg Cerar first imagined himself headlining his neighborhood park’s bandshell, he’ll finally get his chance with the debut of the Forest Park Rock Fest this Saturday. Comment

Listen to the sounds of sawing

Recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest musical saw ensemble ever assembled, the NYC Musical Saw Festival returned to Astoria for its 10th-year milestone celebration, filling Trinity Lutheran Church, at 31-18 37th St., last weekend with 300-plus concertgoers, including many diehard fans and curious folks looking for a new musical experience. Comments (1)

May, 2013


Cutting-edge tunes at NYC’s musical saw fest

Those who think saws belong in tool sheds should stop by Astoria’s Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday to see how some people can make them sing. Comments (2)

York College adds Latin twist

The York College Foundation recently held its sixth annual scholarship benefit concert starring the Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra. The honoree for the evening was guest speaker Hank Sheinkopf, president of Sheinkopf Ltd. Comment

Douglaston concert to benefit historic church organ

After weeks of fine-tuning and planning, a group of Douglaston musicians announced a benefit concert for later this month to help restore a historic organ at the Community Church of Douglaston and fund a junior yacht club in the neighborhood. Comment

Queens symphony to perform free concerts

When the Queens Symphony Orchestra books a gig at Flushing Town Hall, it skips the stage and heads straight to the floor. Comment

April, 2013


Top Dogg

Hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg made a surprise visit to Jamaica. Comment

Jazz takes centerstage at Flushing Town Hall festival

Amanda Monaco wants to share her love of jazz with others while they have fun and learn more about the history of the music and its ties to Queens. Comment

America’s singing policeman, Daniel Rodriguez, to perform at Flushing Town Hall fund raiser

“America’s beloved tenor” Daniel Rodriguez will sing at a fund raising gala Thursday at Flushing Town Hall, at 137-35 Northern Blvd., to benefit the Flushing House retirement residence. Comment
South Jamaica

Kelly touts Rap project to join boro teens

Police officers will hold open forums with young people so the youths may ask candid questions about topics ranging from stop-and-frisk to police-involved shootings in order to build a better community relationship, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly announced at a news conference Wednesday. Comment

Jazz Experience comes to Jamaica Market

The Kunal Singh Jazz Experience Ensemble recently performed at the Jamaica Market. Comment
South Ozone Park

Resorts World Casino will host the “I Love the ’90s” dance concert

Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park is scheduled to host an “I Love the ’90s” dance concert. Comment

QC honors classical Santour musician Pouri Anavian

Come hear traditional Isafahan and Mahur live musical performances for $25. Comment

March, 2013


Five Alive with Music

Queens has long been known for both its richness of cultural diversity as well as music history from the likes of jazz great Louis Armstrong, punk rock pioneer Joey Ramone, rapper-turned-business tycoon 50 Cent and many others. Comment

Jazz trumpet legends return home to Queens

The homage to two jazz giants at Flushing Town Hall Saturday was named: “Bix Beiderbeck and Louis Armstrong back home again in Queens.” Comment
Forest Hills

Officials look to bring music back to Forest Hills stadium

Acoustics at an iconic tennis stadium in Forest Hills might carry sound once again. Comment
St. Albans

Jazz bass artists celebrate St. Albans legend’s legacy

The Jazz Committee/Midtown Arts Common in the Manhattan Saint Peter’s Church, “The Jazz Church,” continued its annual Prez Fest Celebration last week by honoring the historic contributions of the late and iconic former St. Albans, Addisleigh Park resident Milt “The Judge Hinton,” a jazz bassist, educator, jazz photographer and NEA jazz master. Comment

Astoria band brings the soul in Queens music match

The beat goes on. Comment

Argentine maestro brings jazz fusion to Flushing

Flushing Town Hall Jazz Fusion presented works by the Argentinian pianist, composer and band leader Emilio Solla and his ensemble earlier this month. Comment

February, 2013


Queens’ best music acts tune up for annual battle of the boros

Queens will look to regain its title in the annual Battle of the Boroughs this week when seven area bands compete for the chance to take home the crown. Comment

Astoria musician treats fans to new material at club gig

Hell Gate Social in Long Island City has an unassuming exterior: The metal front has no windows, and even event coordinator April Rose Lucas likens it to a “closed garage door.” A step inside, however, reveals a candlelit bar with surreal wall portraits and a front-room screen for films or music videos. The bar maintains this low-key image to make people seek them out. Comment

January, 2013

Rockaway Beach

Musicians set to rock out for storm benefit concert

Guitarist Ricky Byrd will collaborate with Rockers In Recovery, a Florida-based non-profit organization that gives support to musicians suffering from addiction this Friday at 8 p.m. They will be hosting a concert at The Cutting Room, a Manhattan nightclub, to raise money for those affected by Superstorm Sandy. Comment

Breaking Through

Queens has long been known as home to some of jazz music’s most accomplished players, including luminaries such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie. Comments (1)


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