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Jimmy Owens Leads Tribute to Horace Silver and Thelonious Monk

The 15th NEA Jazz Masters Concert at Flushing Town Hall will also feature Sheila Jordan, Kenny Barron, Donald Harrison, and Billy Hart

Jimmy Owens
Trumpeter Jimmy Owens at the Jazz Connect Conference, Saint Peter’s Church, NYC, January 2016 (photo: Jeff Tamarkin)

Flushing Town Hall in Queens, New York, marks 15 years of an annual tradition with its November 12 concert “NEA Jazz Masters: The Music of Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver.” The performance will feature five NEA Jazz Masters: pianist Kenny Barron, vocalist Sheila Jordan, saxophonist Donald Harrison, drummer Billy Hart, and trumpeter Jimmy Owens (who is curating the concert). They will be joined by bassist Kenny Davis in a program that pays tribute to Monk and Silver, two of the music’s quintessential pianist/composers.

A surprise guest will also appear at the concert.

Beginning in November 2006, Flushing Town Hall has traditionally hosted annual performances featuring musicians that have been named NEA Jazz Masters—the highest honor bestowed on jazz musicians in the United States. No concert was held in 2020 thanks to the pandemic. The 2021 concert is therefore both the 15th  anniversary and the 15th concert.

In keeping with New York City and State COVID-19 policies, all attendees will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Masks will also be required at all times.


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Go here to learn more about the latest class of NEA Jazz Masters, which includes Hart, Harrison, Stanley Clarke, and Cassandra Wilson.

Jimmy Owens: The Monk Project