For over 25 years, UTA has presented Staten Island JAZZ to critical acclaim and loyal audiences. UTA has long embraced Jazz – an American-born music genre – and founded Staten Island JAZZ in 1988 with the intent of both preserving and promoting Jazz arts. UTA  has consistently delivered an extraordinary show with legendary artists.  Past performers have included The Sun Ra Intergalactic Arkestra, Kenny Barron, Reggie Workman, Barry Harris, Bluiett and more!

UTA’s  Staten Island JAZZ  began as a series of community jazz workshops under the direction of internationally known jazz artist and educator, Dr. Makanda Ken McIntyre, which culminated in performance. The public performances held as an evening concert every October enabled audiences to learn more about jazz music, which at the time, was seldom showcased on Staten Island. In 2007, UTA’s  Staten Island JAZZ concert graduated from an evening event to an all day festival with jazz–themed workshops designed for the entire family’s enjoyment.




Hamiet Bluiett • Kiane Zawadi
Winard Harper Ensemble
Leopoldo Fleming Afro-Caribbean
Jazz Ensemble
Danny Mixon • Betty Shirley
Karlus Trapp • Vinnie Ruggieri
Darrell Smith • WaFoo
Earl Saul • Bob Kaiser
Jeannine Otis • Rudi Mwongozi
Sajda Musawwir Ladner

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UTA offers FREE family–friendly jazz–themed workshops in music, dance, vocal, and art (Romare Bearden collage) before the music performances.  Workshops culminate with a panel discussion.

For more information about the workshops, please call (718) 273-5610 or email

2 thoughts on “Experience the 27th STATEN ISLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL October 18th NYC”
  1. Greetings, I would ask if there are any video footage of the other acts other then Randy Weston and his group? It would be nice to see other artist footage available to be watch at your site or no Youtube. So what is possible? And can the performing acts or artist get copies of the footage which is taken of their performance? I don’t remember receiving an agreement indicating the extent of the useage of the video. But it would be nice if the artist is presented with a copy or at least the leader. Please get back and advise.
    Thank you

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