Posted on 29 March 2019
by MMNY Staff
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The Queens Second Line Swing returns for its second season, featuring rambunctious, soulful songs from Roz Nixon’s musical “Dedication to Louis Armstrong.” Singers, jazz musicians and dancers of all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to join this participatory New Orleans-style second line parade as it marches through the heart of Corona, Queens right up to the home of the greatest trumpeter of all time–Louis Armstrong.
International jazz vocalist Antoinette Montague, known as “Jazz Woman to the Rescue” and as a stylist who can shout out the Blues like no one else, will strut her stuff at the lead of a Dixieland-swing-band that features masters Patience Higgins on tenor sax, Frank Lacy on trombone, Kenny Bentley on tuba, Michael C. Lewis on trumpet, Dr. John Mannan on soprano sax, Kevin Raczka on snare and Chauncey Yearwood on bass drum. The afternoon will be made complete with Mardi Gras beads and lyric sheets available for all participants as the second line performs Armstrong call-and-response classics such as “Saints Go Marching In” Basin Street Blues” and “You Rascal You”– all tunes from the critically acclaimed “Dedicated to Louis Armstrong,” the first theatrical production ever to be performed in a major Jazz Festival!
WHEN & WHERE:
Queens Second Line Swing will depart from Corona Plaza at 12:00 noon and wend its way through the heart of Corona up to the Louis Armstrong House Museum by 1:00pm for the finale. Take the 7 train to 103 Street-Corona Plaza.
HOW TO JOIN:
Singers, dancers and musicians are welcome to simply show up ready to join the second line, but if you know you will be coming ahead of time please send a courtesy email with the subject line “Second Line Swing” to email@example.com so that we know how many paraders to expect. Lyric sheets will be provided for all singers and jazz instrumentalists should bring their instrument with them to the parade.
ABOUT THE MUSIC PERFORMANCE TRUST FUND (MPTF):
The MPTF enriches lives through music. Our mission is to provide admission-free, live, quality music, performed by professional musicians to the public of all backgrounds throughout the United States and Canada. We seek to enrich the lives of the general public, young and old, through music and to contribute to the public’s knowledge and appreciation of music and to make music and music education an exciting experience and to expand it to every child’s life experience
ABOUT THE LOUIS ARMSTRONG HOUSE MUSEUM:
The Louis Armstrong House Museum sustains and promotes the cultural, historical, and humanitarian legacy of Louis Armstrong by preserving and interpreting Armstrong’s house and grounds, collecting and sharing archival materials that document Armstrong’s life and legacy, and presenting public programs such as exhibits, concerts, lectures, and film screenings. The Museum seeks to educate and inspire people of all ages, origins, and locations.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM PRODUCER AND PERFORMERS:
Roz Nixon produces festivals, concerts and promotional events. As an executive producer, Ms. Nixon has presented performances in New York, Philadelphia, Miami, Las Vegas and Istanbul. Over the years, she has envisioned and produced music events for and in-conjunction with Make Music New York and a long list of established cultural and corporate partners.
Antoinette Montague is an internationally renowned Jazz, Blues and “Beyond Category” singer, entertainer and MC. Raised in Newark, NJ, she is also an activist for human rights and arts education causes and has taught in schools, adult homes, and community centers. She is founder of the not-for-profit organizations Jazz Woman to the Rescue Foundation, which advocates for public jazz programs and donates used instruments to underserved children, as well as the Jazz, Film, Art and Media Consortium, which encourages collaborative thinking and partnerships between leaders of other powerful 501(c)3 organizations to help lift jazz and the arts.
She recently returned from a U.S. State Department tour across the Ural Mountains of Russia and has as performed in South Korea, Israel and Paris. Here in NYC, she has performed for Jazz Mobile, Kitano, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, the 2016 Charlie Parker Jazz Festival and many of the top jazz clubs, including Blue Note, Dizzy’s and the Jazz Standard. She is the recipient of the Cedar Grove “Jazz and Blues Entertainer of the Year Award 2017.” Her most recent CD, World Peace in the Key of Jazz, is dear to her heart for its homage to the Civil Rights Movement. Please visit AntoinetteMontague.com for more information.
Illustration by Kyle Lambert of Callout Creative