Carol Sudhalter Brings Live Jazz Back to Queens
September 27, 2021
Astoria-based bandleader/ flutist/ saxophonist Carol Sudhalter will bring two October concerts to Queens audiences. Sudhalter has received a grant from the New York City Artist Corps, under which she will present 2 concerts, on October 6 and October 23. Both concerts are free of charge.
On October 6 at 7 pm, audiences can enjoy Sudhalter’s 7-piece ensemble in the upstairs theater at Flushing Town Hall. The 7-piece band combines trombone, guitar, piano, bass, drums, vocalist and Sudhalter on sax and flute. A special feature will be an appearance by a brand new talent, 18-year-old violinist/vocalist/composer Mimi Block. Attendees can enjoy original compositions by band members and Queens jazz legends such as the great Jimmy Heath and jazz standards such as Beatrice or A Night in Tunisia.
The second concert, October 23 at 3 pm, will feature Sudhalter’s 13-piece Astoria Jazz Band, plus renowned vocalist Frank Senior and, once again, the astounding young Mimi Block.
Carol Sudhalter Group
Sudhalter placed 9th in a recent year of the Downbeat Readers’ Jazz Poll. She is profiled in 4 prominent books on jazz, and on Wikipedia. Perhaps best known in Queens as a baritone saxophonist, anchoring the saxophone section of the Astoria Big Band, Carol actually began as a flutist, and continues to feature that instrument extensively.
I wrote to her: “You will be playing the flute on that gig won’t you?”
“Yes of course!” She responded, “I am playing lots of tunes on flute:
1. A Night in Tunisia
2. Patrick Poladian (pianist)’s original, Fun in the Alley
3. My original Colin Blues
4. Repetition by Neil Hefti – melody played in duet with trombone
5. Original, Hedgehog, by the guitarist Amanda Monaco
6. Changes by Jimmy Heath”
New Yorkers interested in the Flute in Jazz will enjoy the Astoria Big Band.
For info contact Carol Sudhalter 917 667 5331
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