Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artist: Carol Sudhalter



Jazz musician, teacher and producer, Carol Sudhalter, 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. In 1986, she founded the 16-piece Astoria Big Band where she plays baritone saxophone. The band has received many performance grants, has played at Mary Lou Williams Festival, Kennedy Center, and features a concert on women composers.  Carol regularly tours Europe and has played with such notables as Duffy Jackson, Vito Di Modugno, Rhoda Scott and Jason Marsalis.  She has performed in New York at Birdland, Iridium, JVC Jazz Festival, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola (Lincoln Center) and Flushing Town Hall, where she leads our monthly Jazz Jam.


As a music producer, she pioneered several jazz series in her home borough of Queens; and has received special honors including 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 taught flute, saxophone and piano lessons for over 30 years, including ten years in the New York Pops “Salute to Music” Program. A fluent speaker of Italian, Carol tours Italy annually as both teacher and performer of jazz.  She can be heard with her Quartet, Sextet and the Astoria Jazz Band on several Carolina Records releases, including the band's most recent CD, Last Train to Astoria.


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Queens’ Jazz History

Queens has a rich history of jazz; and many jazz legends lived the better part of their lives here and were buried here.  We will celebrate this richness in a concert featuring the works of several great Queens-based artists of the past or present including Leonard Gaskin, Louis Armstrong, The Heath Brothers (Tootie, Percy and Jimmy Heath), Clark Terry, Count Basie, Jutta Hipp, and many more.  For Grades K- 12. 


Swinging Women of Jazz

An all-women jazz quartet will play a concert that focuses on the works of women composers. We will hear from each member of the group as to what her experience as a woman in the jazz world has been. The band will comprise several generations of women, so we may find that their experiences differ greatly from one generation to the next. We will also touch briefly on the lives of the women composers whose works we have chosen.  Composers include Bernice Petkere, Kay Swift, Peggy Lee, Carly Simon, and even Adele.  For Grades K- 12. 




We write a blues together

Students will listen to blues recordings with special attention to the lyrics which demonstrate the blues' expressive nature. The class will talk about their own emotions and select one emotion to focus on for the song’s theme.  Students will write a sentence or two at a time, ending up with a blues that expresses the described experience in a whole new way.  Through the process of turning the emotion into a lyric and a melody, which is then sung with class support, the students experience the process of metamorphosis, and catharsis, through art.  For Grades K- 12. 


Additional assemblies available: Music of the Americas, All Ellington Program, and Carol Sudhalter’s Little Big Band.  Residency: Introduction to Musical Intervals & basic Jazz tunes.  Please call for more information.