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During the jazz jam session, Powell will perform with the center’s house band.

The performance begins at 8 p.m. in the college’s Little Theatre at 47th Avenue at Van Dam Street, Long Island City.

General admission tickets are $7. Reservations are suggested. For tickets, call the box office at (718) 482-5151.

Born in New Orleans in 1930, Powell is best known for his long tenure, beginning in 1951, with the Count Basie Band, and for his eight-bar contribution to the band’s hit “April in Paris.” While with the band, he also was recognized for his solo playing.

Throughout his career, critics have praised him for displaying a story-telling approach to improvisation. Jazz critic Nat Hentoff has written, “Benny Powell’s playing has always had a flowing coherence. The stories he tells are not fragmentary; they’re complete.”

After leaving Basie, Powell went on to enjoy a diverse musical career that included Broadway, television, and recording.

During the 1960s and 1970s, the trombonist played in Duke Pearson’s New York big band and the renowned Thad Jones-Mel Jazz Orchestra. In the early 70s, he became a member of the Merv Griffin Show band.

After working in Hollywood for 10 years, he connected with two jazz greats — late clarinetist John Carter and pianist Randy Weston, with whom he still performs.

Posted 7:02 pm, October 10, 2011
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