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Free Concerts to 'Jazz Up' Forest Hills Streets

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | August 11, 2015 6:36pm
 The Jazz Thursdays concerts have become a summertime institution in Forest Hills.
The Jazz Thursdays concerts have become a summertime institution in Forest Hills.
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Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce

QUEENS — The streets of Forest Hills will soon be filled with the sound of jazz, thanks to a popular outdoor concert series returning to the neighborhood this Thursday.

The annual shows, organized by the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce, will come back for their eleventh season on Aug. 13 and 20.

“The Jazz Thursdays Concerts bring a great energy and excitement to the area,” said the Chamber in a statement, calling the series "a summertime institution that the audiences look forward to all year long.”

Leslie Brown, president of the Forest Hills Chamber, said that the series "is extremely popular" among residents and local restaurant owners alike and that each concert attracts more than 500 listeners.

“What makes Jazz Thursdays unique is that the concerts are not held in a park,” the Chamber noted. “They are held right in the heart of the business district on Forest Hills’ restaurant row.”

The stage will be set on 70th Road, between Austin Street and Queens Boulevard, the stretch known as "restaurant row," because it boasts numerous eateries, including Mediterranean restaurant The Grill and Japanese diner Narita.

The show on Aug. 13 will feature Bruce “Big Daddy” Wayne and the Soul Messengers, whose performance will include a tribute to B.B. King. 

Richard Boulger, who has played with numerous jazz stars, including Randy Brecker, will perform on Aug. 20 with his After Hours Band.

The Jazz Thursdays are free and open to all ages. The concerts run from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Seating will be provided.