Friday, December 16, 2022
7:30pm (Doors open 6:30pm)
Tickets: $35 General Admission

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Universal Temple of the Arts Staten Island JAZZ Festival 34

Experience the most wonderful time of the year at the 34th Staten Island Jazz Festival!

Featuring performances by:

Winard Harper & Jeli Posse 

Andy McKee Quintet 

Nat Adderley, Jr. Quartet 

The festival commemorates the legacy of its founder, Sajda Musawwir Ladner, Artistic and Executive Director of Universal Temple of the Arts — Her vision to bring quality, live performances to Staten Island stages brought critical acclaim to the event, making it the longest-running community festival in New York City.  Tickets to the VIP Reception (limited seating) and the holiday festival concert can be purchased at the St. George Box Office or Ticketmaster.

Because Sajda‘s passion was to ensure that Universal Temple of the Arts (UTA) will always remain a resource for the West Brighton neighborhood, she championed the purchase of the building that housed its programs since 1990. Up to the moment of her untimely death in 2021, she worked to ensure the future of UTA at 425 Jersey Street, in developing a plan to secure ownership of the building and renovate it to continue the organization’s mission to “quicken the creative spirit in the individual and community and foster brotherly love.”

For the first time, UTA is going beyond local funding sources for support of its mission as it envisions a new future while honoring its past. UTA will announce the kick-off of the 425 Jersey Street Campaign at the festival this year. The campaign will help UTA raise funds to restore its building to remain a steadfast beacon of hope and a cultural refuge in the New Brighton community. Important to note, as always, all proceeds from the festival support UTA’s FREE year-round programming.

UTA’s Staten Island JAZZ Festival 34 is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and in partnership with the City Council. Additional corporate support has been provided by Con Edison and

A special thank you to Council Member Kamillah M. Hanks.