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November Jazz Heats up at JCAL

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November Jazz Concerts Heat Up at the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning

Summer has turned into fall, but the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning turns up the heat in November with jazz concerts featuring two exciting and unique women.

On November 4, spend an evening with Grammy-nominated Carla Cook, a daring jazz singer/songwriter. Cook sings standards beautifully, but she doesn’t stop there. Cook reinterprets songs from the rock and R & B world - giving jazz flavor to such pop classics as Simon & Garfunkel's Scarborough Fair, Marvin Gaye's Inner City Blues and Neil Young's Heart of Gold.

On November 18, join Carol Sudhalter as she presents "Women Composers of Queens." Sudhalter culminates her extensive research of legendary and newly discovered female composers from Queens, NY, such as Emme Kemp, Julie Mandel and Jutta Hipp. Honorary invited guests will include several composers. The concerts are part of JCAL’s Liner Notes Jazz Series.

"These two women have been chosen as part of our line-up because of their willingness to uncover a new realm in old music," said JCAL Project Manager April Peters, producer of Liner Notes. "Carol will uniquely present the brilliant works of women composers of Queens from the past and present. Carla will use her awe-inspiring voice to reinterpret familiar standards."

The Liner Notes Jazz Series, a spontaneous, adventurous and joyful mini-jazz series, runs October - December and highlights some of the area’s most innovative and talented jazz musicians in an intimate and soulful setting. Performances are from 7 9 pm at JCAL, 161-04 Jamaica Avenue. Tickets are $10 ($5 with student ID). For more information, visit or call 718-658-7400 ext. 152.

The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning is housed in a landmark building owned by the City of New York and funded with public

funds provided through the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

with support from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg; Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin; the New York City Council; Council

Speaker Gifford Miller; the Queens Delegation of the Council; Majority Whip, Councilman Leroy Comrie; and Queens Borough

President Helen M. Marshall.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Carla Cook
  • Press Release Date: 11/4/2005
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