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.

Empower Your Business with Bespoke Strategies: New Course Equips Professionals with Expertise


Hamiet Bluiett
Kiane Zawadi
Winard Harper Ensemble
Danny Mixon Quartet
Leopoldo Fleming Afro-Caribbean
Jazz Ensemble
Betty Shirley
The Makanda Project
Emme Kemp
Jaron Eames
David Jones
Karlus Trapp
Vinnie Ruggieri
Jeannine Otis
Rudi Mwongozi
Sajda Musawwir Ladner


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

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .