DATE: WED, JULY 5, 7-10 PM


Tickets: $10/FREE for Members, Students & Jamming Musicians


About Carol Sudhalter:


Carol Sudhalter [Wikipedia]  plays flute, baritone and tenor sax. She placed 9th for Best International Jazz Flutist in Down Beat Magazine’s 77th Annual  Jazz Readers’ Poll 2012.


Carol was the first graduate of Smith College to become a jazz musician. She played with the first all-female Latin band, Latin Fever, at the Salsa Festival at Madison Square Garden alongside Tito Puente. She founded, and plays bari in, the Astoria Big Band, which received 20+ Development and Performance Grants, played at Mary Lou Williams Festival, Kennedy Center, and presents many concerts of works by women composers.


Ms. Sudhalter is written up in several books: 1) Leslie Gourse’s “Madame Jazz” (Oxford, 1995), (‘Carol Sudhalter: A Role Model’). 2) W. Royal Stokes’ “Growing Up With Jazz: Twenty-four Musicians Talk About Their Lives and Careers”, (Oxford).  3) Stefano Benini’s ‘Il Flauto Jazz‘ (‘The Jazz Flute’) (Curci 2011). 4) John Watson‘s outstanding book of jazz photographs, ‘The Power of Jazz” (Blurb, 2008).


For 15 years Carol played the Cajun Restaurant Sunday Brunch, with Jimmy The Face Butts; and Al ‘Doc’ Pittman. She has performed in New York at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola (Lincoln Center), Trumpet’s, Birdland, Danny’s Skylite Room, Iridium, Flushing Town Hall, JVC Jazz Festival. She regularly tours Italy, UK and Switzerland.  Jazz festivals include: Mary Lou Williams Festival; The Many Colors Festival; “Pine Grill Reunion” with legendary organist Sarah McLawler; Bethlehem, PA Musikfest. In Europe: Umbria Jazz, Perugia; Villa Celimontana (Rome);  JazzAscona, Locarno, Donne in Musica, Frascati; and Swanage and Birmingham Festivals in UK. Notable artists with whom she has played include Sarah Mclawler, Etta Jones, Jimmy Mcgriff, Chico Freeman, Tony Scott, Alan Barnes, Craig Milverton, Greg Abate, Duffy Jackson, Danny Ilett, Rhoda Scott, Henry Butler, Jimmy Cobb  and Jason Marsalis.


In spring 2016 she was featured jazz artist with the Jackson Heights Chamber Orchestra, and at the prestigious Flatted Fifth Series, Newark, NJ.


She pioneered several jazz series in her home borough of Queens: “Athens Square Park Jazz Mondays” (1998-2001); Astoria/Lic Waterfront Jazz Festival; Sunset Jazz Concerts at Ralph DeMarco Park. Special honors include a citation by La Guardia College Performing Arts Center for outstanding contributions to the Queens Jazz Community (2002); and the Reverend John Garcia Gensel Award in 2003, from Manhattan Country School, for distinguished service to jazz.


She has spent 40+ years teaching masterclasses and lessons in jazz improvisation, flute, sax and piano, and English Diction for Singers, throughout the U.S. and in Italy. Sudhalter is a recording artist of Alfa Music record label, Rome.



Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts dba Flushing Town Hall is a not for profit organization which receives major support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Mayor Bill de Blasio; Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; New York State Assembly Members Ron Kim, Ed Braunstein and Nily Rozic; New York City Council, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, the Queens Delegation, and Council Members Costa Constantinides, Daniel Dromm, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Peter Koo, Karen Koslowitz, and Paul A. Vallone; Howard Gilman Foundation, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and Lily Auchincloss Foundation.


Support is also provided by Astoria Bank, Cathay Bank, Celestial Love Foundation, Michael Cheng, FTH’s Chinese Cultural Committee, Chinese Radio Network, Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou / New York Institute of Culture and the Arts, Con Edison, Crossings TV, Epos Development, Farrell Fritz, Flushing Bank, Barbara Garii, Gerson Properties, Simon Gerson, the Glow Foundation, Howard Graf & Kathy Donovan, Graf & Lewent Architects, Heather & Scott Harrison, Raymond D. Jasen, Nelson Lee, James S. Liao, the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Materials for the Arts, William McClure, Metro Plus Health Plan, New York Community Bank, New York Shandong Association, the NYC & Company Foundation, Queens College, Georgiana Reese-Benatti, Mike Sperendi & Jan Schneider, St. Joseph’s College, Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York, Veronica Tsang, and Tony & Tai Wang/WAC Lighting.


The July 28th benefit concert is made possible in part by generous support from WAC Lighting, the Glow Foundation, and Global Federation of Chinese Business Women of New York. The August 4th film event is supported by New York Hakka Conference and Hakka Association of New York. Funding for the August 26 RDRC Summertime concert is provided by NYCDOT’s OneNYC Plaza Equity Program.