Saxophonist Carol Sudhalter in Second Major Event, November 16th 7PM at Laguardia Performing Arts Center


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This event, “Women Composers of Queens", Nov. 16 at 7 PM at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, is a concert of Sudhalter's own 11-piece Astoria Jazz Band, co-produced by LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Sudhalter, and by 'Circuit Productions' as part of their community outreach series, Rhythm Journeys: Masters of Jazz and World Music . Tickets are $13 or $10 for students, seniors and musicians: 718.482.5151.

Featured composers include Sarah McLawler, Emme Kemp, Julie Mandel, Jutta Hipp, Billie Holiday and other great women of the classical, jazz and pop worlds. Kemp's stunning jazz ballet “First Awakening" features interpretive dancer Yvonne Curry. This expressive, exciting, chilling ballet was arranged for the band by trombonist Chris Rinaman and debuted by the band at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning in 2004.

Vocalist/organist Sarah McLawler, an incredible musical talent, has written and performed for over 50 years, and her stunning ballad, “Go Love", a hit in the 1950s, will be sung in a special first-ever duo by both McLawler herself together with band vocalist Myrna Lake.

A panel discussion by several of the senior women composers including McLawler will precede the concert at 7 pm, and an open jam session will follow the concert at 9:30 P.M. until 11 (all musicians welcome).

Sudhalter founded and has led her Astoria Jazz Band since 1986. She independently tours Europe three months a year, and her most recent CD, “Shades of Carol", was released in Rome on Alfa Records and RAI Trade. Her seven-week summer 2007 tour included appearances with saxophonists Alan Barnes and Greg Abate in England's Swanage Festival, organist Vito di Modugno in Bari, Italy; pianist Craig Milverton in Birmingham, England, and much more. Her band has received over twenty-five grants from the city and local arts councils, and has a full concert schedule planned for 2008.

Sudhalter is profiled extensively in W. Royal Stokes' latest book, “Growing Up With Jazz: Twenty-Four Musicians Talk about Their Lives and Careers" (Oxford, 2005). *The performance, Women Composers of Queens is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; and in part, with funding to Circuit Productions, Inc. from the New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy.

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