Details: Category: US News | Published: 01 November 2019
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Thank You...For F.U.M.L (Funking Up My Life) 1978, Collage 15 x 18 3/8 Inches. Copyright © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA at ARS, NYSTATEN ISLAND, NY - Jazz heavyweights filled the lineup October 19th for the 2019 Staten Island JAZZ Festival, the island's longest-running jazz festival, presented by Universal Temple of the Arts and hosted by author/WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM on-air personality Sheila Anderson.

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Over the last three decades, the Universal Temple of the Arts (UTA) has continued to celebrate both local and renowned artists while cultivating relationships with musicians, dancers, educators, public office-holders, community, and other organizations contributing to the multi-faceted and dynamic world of jazz through its annual event. Proceeds from the festival support free, year-round arts and education programs for youth and families on Staten Island. The 52-year old organization has continuously produced affordable entertainment and memorable experiences through the lens of promoting, preserving, and presenting jazz from a variety of different perspectives and mediums to loyal enthusiasts and lovers of jazz.

This year's lineup included:

Karlus Trapp & Nicole Wright
Leopoldo Fleming Afro-Caribbean Jazz Ensemble

Winard Harper & Jeli Posse
Danny Mixon Trio Featuring Antoinette Montague

Stretto (Wagner College Vocal Ensemble)
UTA Vocal Workshop Under the Direction of Jeannine Otis
UTA All-Star Jazz Ensemble (Rudi Mwongozi, Earl Sauls, Sylvester Scott, Ray Scro, Darrell Smith, Arturo Vera, Jeannine Otis & Karlus Trapp )

Ademola "Jaco" Oyefeso
Barry Harris

Reggie Workman Presents New Stars on This Horizon


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