Saturday, October 19, 2019
2:00 pm (Doors 1pm)
$40, $30, $25

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Universal Temple of the Arts’ Staten Island JAZZ Festival 32

Experience Staten Island’s longest-running jazz festival hosted by Sheila Anderson, author and on-air personality, WBGO, 88.3 FM on October, 19 2019. Universal Temple of the Arts (UTA) will celebrate its legacy of promoting, preserving and presenting jazz in a new location — the famed, historic St. George Theatre in the landmark neighborhood of St. George, 2 blocks from the Staten Island Ferry, with on-site parking.

For over three decades, UTA has presented the Staten Island JAZZ Festival to critical acclaim and loyal audiences. Regardless of the borough, city, state or country enthusiasts and lovers of jazz come from, a unique and memorable experience, which UTA consistently produces, awaits every ticket holder.  In fact, 90% of survey responses from attendees confirm that the festival offers affordable entertainment options, and they look forward to the event every October.

The festival has evolved into a repository of jazz history featuring award-winning artists every year.

This year’s lineup includes:

Reggie Workman presents New Stars on This Horizon

Winard Harper & Jeli Posse

Leopoldo Fleming Afro-Caribbean Jazz Ensemble

Danny Mixon Quartet with Antoinette Montague

Jeannine Otis, Karlus Trapp

Sylvester Scott

Ray Scro


 and more!

Now 52 years old, the organization has established relationships with musicians, dancers, educators, visual artists, elected officials, community and faith-based organizations, and tourism outlets contributing tothe extraordinary world of jazz with highly respected dynamic cultural arts and education programs that benefit youth and families in Staten Island.  Allproceeds from the Festival support FREE year-round arts and educational programs.

“As we enter into our third decade as Staten Island’s oldest continuously-run jazz festival, we remain committed to presenting iconic and popular jazz artists as well showcasing Staten Island performers who stand tall delivering their understanding of this world-wide, cherished music called jazz. Like New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz and gumbo, the Staten Island JAZZ Festival cooks with jazz music, dance, song and spoken word. Universal Temple of the Arts thinks of JAZZ in all capital letters. We explore every aspect of the art form.”  said, Sajda Musawwir Ladner, Artistic and Executive Director Universal Temple of the Arts.

Tickets may be Purchased at St. George Theatre Box Office up until the day of Festival

The Staten Island JAZZ Festival 32 is honored to receive support from in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council. Additional corporate and foundation support has been provided by Con Edison and



Founded in 1967, Universal Temple of the Arts (UTA)is an arts, cultural and educational nonprofit organization with a rich history of providing an array of life enrichment programs to Staten Island residents, has long embraced the American-born music genre of jazz with the intent of both preserving and promoting jazz arts. Since its inception in 1988, the Staten Island JAZZ Festival is a direct extension of UTA’s mission of “quickening the creative spirit in the individual and community and fostering brotherly love.”Partnering with local businesses and community groups to present jazz programming to new and broader audiences, including under-served children and families. UTA has presented the Staten Island JAZZ Festival to critical acclaim and loyal audiences for over three decades. The Staten Island JAZZ Festivalis also essential to economic growth and tourism in Staten Island.All proceeds from the Festival support FREE year-round arts and educational programs.