I try to promote what little positive Jamaica has to offer, but I am sorry, a majority of the people living here do not appreciate this like those in Brooklyn do. They prefer third world & ghetto CRAP.
Here is what the executive director of JCAL had to say:
This series is designed in response to the demand for a nightlife to return to downtown Jamaica,” says Cathy Hung, Executive Director of JCAL. “We want to bring the vibrant Queens Jazz scene to downtown Jamaica and build an audience for the culture that lives right here.”
Well, I have to question that statement BIG TIME. The series was designed in response to the demands for a nightlife to return to downtown Jamaica. I really want to know what demand. I mean we had a great hangout with decent food, good drinks and live jazz in a great sitting, does City Rib ring a bell or it’s replacement Moda Grill. Two years for City Rib, maybe three before it closed due to a lack of support and maybe a year for Moda Grill. JCAL also used to have First Fridays, a monthly Friday event at the center with local food, music, art, etc, I don’t think that lasted a year. So exactly where is the demand. I mean it is pretty sad that a place like City Rib right in downtown could not even make it to 5 years.
Well, at least I give some cred for trying in this wasteland known as Jamaica. But even I will not longer go to any of these things in Jamaica because I have to walk past garbage & filth, homeless shelters, homeless people, bad acting ghetto people plus that shit hole called Jamaica Avenue with all the crap retail, food places and other junk makes me want to throw up. Until the place is clean up and civilized, this whole wrapping shit up in a pretty wrapping paper and pretty bow does not cut it for us civilized folks. No thanks, we are happy to spend our hard earned money in more civilized cleaner areas. In the meantime…………………………
But put in another 99 cent store, some shitty electronic stores with junk, a crappy fried chicken shack or another beauty and supply store and SWEET JESUS.
It’s the people!!!!
Thursday Night Jazz:
Nat Adderley Jr. Trio
January 12, 2017
Every 2nd Thursday
Suggested Donation $10
JCAL proudly announces its 2016-2017 Thursday Night Jazz series featuring young, emerging, and established artists in all jazz genres.
Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) will be hosting live jazz performances on every 2nd Thursday featuring emerging and established jazz musicians and their friends. “This series is designed in response to the demand for a nightlife to return to downtown Jamaica,” says Cathy Hung, Executive Director of JCAL. “We want to bring the vibrant Queens Jazz scene to downtown Jamaica and build an audience for the culture that lives right here.”
JCAL invites renowned New York Jazz drummer Pheeroan akLaff to curate this series. Known as a versatile drummer who has mostly been associated with the avant-garde, Pheeroan akLaff has appeared with some of the more adventurous jazz musicians of the past 20 years. He said, “Musicians build bridges with creative improvisation, in this series, I want to plant a seed for community dialogue – style and trend are insignificant, stage and audience are not divided. There is nothing like being in the jazz mix at JCAL.”
Nat Adderley Jr., the scion of a famed
jazz family, grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey. He earned a degree in African American studies from Yale University, and spent much of his musical career as a music arranger for the late Luther Vandross, continuing to work with Vandross until the end of Vandross’ career in 2003. Since then, Adderley has returned to his jazzroots, performing his own works as well as tributes to his father, uncle, and selected jazz masters.
Upcoming: February 9, 2017
Jun Miyak and Delehei- Jazz and World Music of Mongolia