City Life Org – Flushing Town Hall presents “The Swinging Sounds of Coleman Hawkins” featuring Lew Tabackin and his ensemble

Lew Tabackin

Tabackin displays “great harmonic and rhythmic assurance” and “exceptional talent”The Washington Post

On Friday, October 14, Flushing Town Hall will present “The Swinging Sounds of Coleman Hawkins” with Lew Tabackin and its whole.

Saxophonist Lew Tabackin is one of New York’s most notable jazz musicians, whose significance was recognized this summer when he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jazz Foundation of America.

On October 14, Tabackin will pay homage to the great Coleman Hawkins (1904 – 1969) live at the historic Flushing City Hall Theatre, with an array of music Hawkins himself performed during his tenure with the Fletcher Orchestra Henderson, recordings with Benny Goodman, Django Reinhardt and many more.

Tabackin will be backed by pianist Jeb Patton, Gerald Cammon on bass and Jason Tiemann on drums. Additionally, a special guest trumpeter will perform some of the groundbreaking music that Coleman Hawkins made popular in the international jazz world.

Tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins was the first great saxophonist in jazz history. His inventive improvisational style influenced many jazz personalities such as Ben Webster, Chu Berry, Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane. Hawkins was also one of the first saxophonists to draw attention to the saxophone as a solo instrument in 1939 when he played it on the song “Body and Soul”.

Tabackin’s interest in music began in his hometown of Philadelphia, where he first studied flute and then tenor saxophone in high school. He majored in flute at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music (BM 1962) and studied privately with composer Vincent Persichetti.

Tabackin then moved to New York, where he shared the stage with many other jazz luminaries such as Cab Calloway, Maynard Ferguson, Joe Henderson, Chuck Israels, Clark Terry and Duke Pearson. He has also spent time in Europe as a soloist with various ensembles including the Danish Radio Orchestra and the Hamburg Jazz Workshop.

In 1968, he met NEA Jazz Master (2007) Toshiko Akiyoshi, who performed at Flushing City Hall, when the two were playing together in a quartet. They eventually married and moved to Los Angeles, where they formed the award-winning big band known as Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra. While in Los Angeles, Tabackin also performed with Shelly Manne and various trios, including Billy Higgins, John Heard and Charlie Haden. He also toured Japan frequently with Ms. Akiyoshi and her orchestra as well as his own trio, which included drummer Joey Baron and bassist Michael Moore.

In 1982, Tabackin and his wife returned to New York, which brought him back to the Manhattan jazz scene. He cemented his position as a major tenor saxophone and flute artist, both in live concerts and on recordings, and began to achieve long-awaited recognition as a flautist, winning numerous awards. DownBeat Critics and Readers polls. In 1992, Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra with Lew Tabackin won a GRAMMY Award for “Best Performance by a Major Jazz Ensemble”.

The concert on October 14 begins at 8:00 p.m. For those unable to attend in person, the performance will also be streamed live online on YouTube for $10. Tickets are $40 / $32 members / $20 students with ID. Table packages for 2, with refreshments are available for $130/$110 members. For more information or to purchase tickets visit: https://www.flushingtownhall.org/the-swinging-sounds-of-coleman-hawkins

For the Calendars: Fall Jazz Lineup at Flushing City Hall

Friday, October 14, 2022, at 8:00 p.m.

“The Swinging Sounds of Coleman Hawkins” with Lew Tabackin and his ensemble

In-person tickets: $40 / $32 members / $20 students with ID

Table Packages: $130 / $110 Members (Table for 2 with refreshments/drinks)

Join us on October 14 as Flushing City Hall presents “The Swinging Sounds of Coleman Hawkins” with Lew Tabackin and his ensemble. Saxophonist Lew Tabackin, one of New York’s most notable jazz musicians, received a lifetime achievement award July 16 at Birdland Restaurant and Concert Hall by the Jazz Foundation of America.

https://www.flushingtownhall.org/the-swinging-sounds-of-coleman-hawkins

Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at 7:00 p.m.

Louis Armstrong Legacy Monthly Jazz Jam (November 2022)

In-person tickets: $10/FREE for members, students and musicians

Open to jazz students, musicians and music teachers, monthly jazz jams are a fun way to hone your skills and perform with your peers. The house band led by saxophonist Carol Sudhalter opens each jam with the work of Louis Armstrong. You don’t play? Come listen!

https://flushingtownhall.org/jazz-jam-nov-2022

Saturday, November 12, 2022, at 8:00 p.m.

Flushing City Hall Presents NEA Jazz Masters: The Blues Feeling

In-person tickets: $40 / $32 members / $20 students with ID

Table Packages: $130 / $110 Members (Table for 2 with refreshments/drinks)

https://flushingtownhall.org/the-blues-feeling

Friday, December 2, 2022, at 8:00 p.m.

Songs for Barry Harris with NEA Jazz Masters Sheila Jordan, Harvie S and Roni Ben-Hur

In-person tickets: $40 / $32 members / $20 students with ID

Table Packages: $130 / $110 Members (Table for 2 with refreshments/drinks)

https://flushingtownhall.org/songs-for-barry-harris

Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at 7:00 p.m.

Louis Armstrong Legacy Monthly Jazz Jam (December 2022)

In-person tickets: $10/FREE for members, students and musicians

Open to jazz students, musicians and music teachers, monthly jazz jams are a fun way to hone your skills and perform with your peers. The house band led by saxophonist Carol Sudhalter opens each jam with the work of Louis Armstrong. You don’t play? Come listen!

https://flushingtownhall.org/jazz-jam-dec-2022

For the current schedule of all Fall 2022 events, visit: https://www.flushingtownhall.org/events

COVID Policy:

Although as of March 7, 2022, New York City has relaxed its COVID policies for indoor arts and entertainment events, Flushing City Hall will maintain its previous policy for the safety of its audiences, artists and its staff. This policy will remain in effect until further notice: Flushing City Hall requires all visitors, performers, and staff to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination with matching ID. In addition, masks will be mandatory at all times. For more details on Flushing Town Hall’s Covid safety measures and vaccine requirements, please visit: https://www.flushingtownhall.org/covid-safety.

Support Global Arts with a gift today!

All gifts of $50 or more get you benefits exclusive to members of the Flushing Town Hall Circle of Friends, including Smithsonian membership, ticket discounts and more! Donations of any amount are appreciated to support artists and the nonprofit cultural organization as they continue to provide programs and entertainment in New York City and around the world.

https://www.flushingtownhall.org/circle-of-friends

Flushing Town Hall is a non-profit organization and receives major support in 2022 from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council for the Arts with support from Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; New York State Assemblyman Ron Kim; New York City Mayor Eric Adams; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Commissioner Laurie Cumbo; Queens Borough President Donovan Richards; New York City Council, Speaker Adrienne E. Adams and New York City Council members Sandra Ung, Tiffany Caban, Shekar Krishnan, Linda Lee, Vickie Paladino, Lynn Schulman and Jessica Won; Howard Gilman Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, Guru Krupa Foundation, Fan Fox, and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation.

To view current donor lists, please visit www.flushingtownhall.org/donor-listings

About Flushing Town Hall

Flushing Town Hall (FTH), an affiliate of the Smithsonian, presents multidisciplinary global arts that engage and educate the global communities of Queens and New York to foster mutual appreciation. As advocates for equity in the arts since 1979, we support local, immigrant, national and international artists, developing partnerships and collaborations that strengthen our efforts. As a member of the New York City Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), we serve to restore, manage and program the 1862 Landmark on behalf of the City of New York. FTH celebrates Queens’ history as the home of jazz, presenting the finest jazz shows. We are committed to arts education and hands-on learning, for art lovers, art lovers, and professional artists. We serve one of the most diverse communities in the world and strive to uphold the legacy of inclusivity that has defined our community since the Flushing Admonition of 1657.

Flushing City Hall is a proud member of the Cultural Institutions Group (CIG)a collective of 34 nonprofit museums, performing arts centers, historical societies, zoos and botanical gardens in the five boroughs with a distinct private-public partnership with New York City and a commitment to serve all New- Yorkers.

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