New York City’s Oldest Jazz Jazzmobiles The SUMMERFEST 2022 Series Wraps Up The Season

As part of its continuing SUMMERFEST 2022 series, Jazzmobile, New York City’s oldest jazz education/performance organization, in association with the City Parks Foundation.

Presents The Charlie Parker Festival, bringing the Dallas-born, Grammy-nominated singer Jazzmeia Horn and her Noble Force to Marcus Garvey Park on Friday, August 26, 2022, at 7 pm.

Opening for Ms. Horn will be Brooklyn tap dancer/DJ/educator Calvin Booker and Friends. 

A winner of both the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and the Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition in 2013 and 2015, Horn burst on the jazz scene combining Betty Carter’s bebop vocal fluency, and Sarah Vaughan’s elegant phrasing into her own distinct voice.

Horn has worked with an impressive array of jazz stars including Wynton Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, and James Morrison.

Her three recordings as a leader include A Social CallLove and Liberation, and Dear Love, which featured the debut of Noble Force, her 15-piece big band.

A recipient of an NAACP Image Award, Horn published her first book, Strive from Within: The Jazzmeia Horn Approach in 2020.

A professional tap dancer since the age of seven, Calvin Booker, is an alumnus of the famed Fiorello LaGuardia High School Music & Art and the Performing Arts.

He attended SUNY Purchase University and was an original member of Creative Outlet: Dance Theater of Brooklyn and The Young Hoofers tap dance group.

Booker has performed all over New York City, including The Apollo Theater, Lincoln Center and Symphony Space, and he has taught in Russia, Italy, London, and St. Maarten, W.I. A member of NYC’s Arts-in-Education and The Brooklyn Arts Council, Booker performed in the Broadway hit, “FELA,” and currently serves as an instructor at Global Dance NYC.

Other Jazzmobile SUMMERFEST 2022 concerts this week at Grant’s Tomb at Riverside Drive & West 122nd St. include Harlem vocalist, guitarist, and composer Allan Harris and his quartet on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at 7 pm, and multi-Grammy nominated, Latin jazz drummer/percussionist/bandleader/educator Bobby Sanabria and his Multiverse Big Band performing on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, also at 7:00 pm.

Jazzmobile’s 58th annual Summerfest 2022 series, NYC’s longest continuous jazz festival, presents free concerts throughout New York City’s five boroughs, with nearly thirty jazz stars and emerging talents from July 6 to August 31, 2022.

Founded in 1964 by National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, pianist, Dr. Billy Taylor and philanthropist and arts administrator, Ms. Daphne Arnstein, with NEA Jazz Master, Jimmy Heath, Jazzmobile is the first U.S. not-for-profit arts and cultural organization created just for Jazz through performances, workshops, master classes, lecture demonstrations, and arts enrichment programs.

For more information, please visit www.Jazzmobile.org.  

Photo credit: 1) Jazzmeia Horn. 2) Allan Harris. 3) Bobby Sanabria.

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