GREENBURGH’S DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY RESOURCES AT THE
THEODORE D. YOUNG COMMUNITY CENTER HOSTS ANNUAL WILLIAM L. CARTER SUMMER JAZZ SERIES
SUMMER JAZZ SERIES THURSDAY NIGHTS AT 7PM IN YOSEMITE PARK
The Theodore D. Young Community Center (TDYCC) is proud to announce the lineup for the "2016 WILLIAM L. CARTER SUMMER JAZZ SERIES," beginning July 7th at Yosemite Park, located directly behind the TDYCC facility at 32 Manhattan Avenue, White Plains, NY. The FREE series fuses contemporary jazz with urban accents and features a variety of incredibly talented Jazz and R&B artists. Complete with great food, dance space, specialty vendors and a children’s playground along with a sprinkler pad, the Thursday evening series offers FREE summer fun for the entire family.
A chair and musical spirit is all you will need for an enjoyable evening featuring:
On July 7th, ASC All Stars with Special Guest, Lalah Hathaway, a 3 time Grammy Award Winner with a voice that possesses both power and vulnerability with a quiet resonance that fills spaces of grandeur and the hearts of many;
On July 14th, The Bronx Conexión Latin Jazz Big Band run the scope – from straight-ahead New York Mambo to danceable Latin-Jazz and Brazilian and Afro-Peruvian rhythms;
On July 21st, The Kenny Lee ‘All Stars’ bring a blend of jazz and blues to the venue for an explosive emotional summer experience;
On July 28th, tribute band, Forever Ray, honors the music of Ray Charles with their jazzy blend of his greatest hits;
On August 4th, Marcus Machado ft. Bilal & Friends (EWF Tribute), "the most notable guitarists from the next generation," and Rolling Stone Magazine’s "Next Young Gun", Machado blends jazz, funk, and rock along with Grammy Award Winner, Bilal, and will prove to be an unforgettable tribute to the "Elements";
On August 11th, The Angela Johnson Band with a Special Guest, will perform to close out the series.
I invited Lavette Carter, widow of Commissioner William L. Carter to share her thoughts about the jazz series named in honor of Bill. The William L. Carter Foundation is providing student musicians who were selected after an audition with a free summer jazz clinic to help them excel. The names of the students are below.
As we embark on the 1st annual William L. Carter Jazz Series, Bill was able to smell some of his flowers last October 2015 when The Greenburgh jazz concert series was renamed The William L Carter Jazz Series.
He was overwhelmed with joy, gratitude and happiness as he stated during his heart felt speech. Bill proclaimed he would be there at the 1st annual
William L Carter Jazz Series and he will be with us in Spirit.
If Bill were alive today, he would say, "Celebrate my Life!''. As I continue to reminisce on past conversations, Bill talked on how he would like to be remembered, A celebration of life.
This is what the William L Carter Jazz Series mean to me" A celebration of life and love of a legend and community activist, Commissioner William L Carter."
We will all cherish and share the many memories of Bill at the past Greenburgh jazz series and now we will all remember a legend, a giant "Bill" at the William L Carter Jazz Series for years to come.
Bill was the example of how we should all love and support one another and our community. You can live your life the William L Carter way by supporting our youth, respecting our seniors, supporting our community and sharing in love and fellowship with each other through music.
Bill and I fell in love through God first, love of family and friends, love and service to our youth and, the love of music. Please come out with love to fellowship with friends, family and each other at The William L Carter Jazz Series.
Thank you to all of the members of the TDYCC family, TDYCC Advisory Board, Greenburgh Town Council, and the Town Of Greenburgh for making The William L Carter Jazz Series a reality.
The William L Carter Jazz students will perform at The William L Carter Jazz Series on August 11,2016
Mr. Daniel Mack- Baritone/Woodlands Middle School
Mr. Adam Pascual- Trumpet/Woodlands Middle School
Ms. Miranda Luiz- Trumpet/Masters School
Mr. Desmond Washington- Pianist/Woodlands Middle School
Ms. Taylor Harris- Vocal/College of Saint Rose
Mr. Samuel Washington III-Saxophonist/ Morehouse College
Ms. Iryna Bobovyk-Pianist/Music Conservatory of Westchester
Ms. Ekaterina Trofimova- Pianist/Music Conservatory of Westchester
Ms. Susanna Stepanyan,- Vocal /Music Conservatory of Westchester
Mr. Wesley Nyambi -Trumpet/ Woodlands High School
Ms. Olivia Marie Cook- Saxophonist/ Valhalla Middle School
With Love and Appreciation,