presented by the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce!
For two Thursday nights in August we open up 70th Road between Queens Boulevard and Austin Street in Forest Hills to the people and host an outdoor live jazz concert and dance party for everyone in the community. With local cafes and restaurants lining the block, it is the perfect atmosphere for a nice night out to enjoy a meal, and dance the night away as the lively sounds of Jazz fill the air.
2019 CONCERT DATES
Thursday, August 15th
Richard Boulger's After Hours Band
Thursday, August 22nd
Carl Bartlett Jr. & The Bartlett Contemporaries
ABOUT JAZZ THURSDAYS
Did you know that jazz was born in the United States? Did you know that the drum set was invented by jazz musicians? Did you know that the word "cool" and "hip" were originally jazz terms? The answer is yes to all and I hope you say yes to attending Jazz Thursdays concerts!
I am Leslie Brown the founder and producer of Jazz Thursdays Free Outdoor Concerts and I hope you will join me this August for the 12th season of free world class jazz concerts in Forest Hills.
How did Jazz Thursdays come about? Both my parents were successful classical musicians and all types of music have always been a big part of my life. I was inspired especially by my Dad who is a former principle French horn player for the NYC Ballet and the NYC Opera. He produced and performed in many outstanding free recitals and concerts when I was growing up. This motivated me continue the family tradition by bringing free concerts to Forest Hills.
I am also the president of the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce with a mission of Commerce, Culture and Community. Culture makes Community thrive and Commerce gets a big boost as a result. Viola! The Forest Hills Jazz Thursdays concerts were born, bringing together local residents and folks from all over NYC along with the Forest Hills business community for two summer evenings filled with great music and wonderful community spirit.
As Wynton Marsalis said "New Orleans had a great tradition of celebration. Opera, military marching bands, folk music, the blues, different types of church music, ragtime, echoes of traditional African drumming, and all of the dance styles that went with this music could be heard and seen throughout the city. When all of these kinds of music blended into one, jazz was born."
What better way is there than to showcase and promote the Forest Hills community with America’s own music: jazz!