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Second Thursday Night Jazz Series Relaunched in Queens

Curated by the Jazz Gallery, the now-online concert series will feature Melissa Aldana, Nir Felder, Immanuel Wilkins, and more

Melissa Aldana
Melissa Aldana (photo: Anna Yatskevich)

Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL), a multidisciplinary arts center located in southeast Queens, New York, virtually relaunched its Second Thursday Night Jazz Series on October 8. The concert series—a tradition at the Queens-based community arts center, which has offered performance, exhibition, and education programs since 1972—will continue through April 8, 2021, to be followed in May by the multi-day JCAL Jazz Festival.

The series livestreams for free through JCAL’s YouTube channel.

Second Thursday Night Jazz’s new all-digital season began with a performance by vocalist/composer Vanisha Gould and her trio. Like Gould, future artists will broadcast their performances from JCAL’s black-box theater in Jamaica, Queens. Performances take place at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. The series is curated by the Jazz Gallery and its noted artistic director Rio Sakairi.

Remaining performances of the 2020-21 season are as follows:


November 12, 2020 – Melissa Aldana Trio
December 10, 2020 – Ritual Space: Jen Shyu, Immanuel Wilkins, Cory Smythe 
January 14, 2021 – Nir Felder Trio 
February 11, 2021 – Samora Pinderhughes
March 11, 2021 – Amirtha Kidambi 
April 8, 2021 – Immanuel Wilkins Trio
May 2021 – JCAL Jazz Festival (details TBD)

To view Gould’s and other past performances, visit JCAL on YouTube. To RSVP for future events, visit JCAL’s website.