“Hot Summer Nights!” will feature a wide range of outstanding jazz and swing musicians with unforgettable al fresco concerts under the stars. From New Orleans blues to French Gypsy Jazz, each concert will offer something different while guaranteeing a swingin’ good time.
The audience can dance, sit in furnished chairs or picnic on the lawn, all while enjoying the fresh sea breeze, a stunning sunset and the lighthouse in the background.
“On Stage At Kingsborough is pleased to present world-class musicians on the southernmost tip of Brooklyn,” said Anna Becker, Executive Director of On Stage At Kingsborough. “We are a destination for all swingin’ New Yorkers, while providing local residents with access to great music right in their backyard. This summer’s ‘Hot Summer Nights!’ lineup features everything from French Gypsy jazz to French Quarter blues and tunes from 2019 Grammy nominees!”
On July 6, the first scheduled concert, continue your Independence Day celebration with The George Gee Swing Orchestra featuring special guest vocalist John Dokes and a Lindy-Hopping dance duo.
The group is helmed by George Gee, who has been playing in and leading big bands since 1979-- before the genre became a cultural phenomenon. Vocalist John Dokes uses his wryly smooth baritone to delight audiences at Jazz Clubs throughout New York City. Singing a mixture of blues, ballads and jazz standards his unmistakable swinging delivery is entirely his own while harkening back to greats like Nat King Cole and Joe Williams.
Fantine and The French Horn Collective heat up the summer concert series on July 13 with an eclectic mix of French Gypsy Jazz, Hot Swing and tunes from around the globe.
Fantine is a multilingual artist with a powerful yet sultry voice who has toured the world and recorded with such music stars as Emilio and Gloria Estefan, Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Erykah Badu, Igor Butman, and Wyclef Jean. The French Horn Collective, will bring their signature fusion of Gypsy Jazz, Jazz, French Eclectic Original Music and Hot Swing to numerous festivals, including the Art Deco South Miami Beach Festival, The Moca Jazz Series and The Miami Nice Jazz Festival.
On July 20, Davina and The Vagabonds will highlight their New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments and tender gospel passages.
To close out the series on July 27, The Dan Pugach Nonet will perform. The nine-piece ensemble is led by Grammy nominated drummer, Dan Pugach, featuring Grammy nominated vocalist Nicole Zuraitis. This joyful mini big band comprised of six horns and a driving rhythm-section features gorgeous jazz arrangements, as well as inventive original compositions by both Pugach and Zuraitis. The ensemble has already won two ASCAP Jazz Composer Awards, a prestigious residency at the Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington D.C., and was nominated, alongside Zuraitis, for a 2019 Grammy for Best Arrangement, Instruments with Vocals for their song, “Jolene.”
Each concert will take place at Kingsborough’s Lighthouse Bandshell, on the campus of Kingsborough Community College. Admission and parking are free and open to the public. Kingsborough’s gates open at 7 p.m. and the concerts begin at 8 p.m. Reservations are not necessary. A limited number of seats are available, but all are welcome to bring blankets and folding chairs for the lawn.
In the event of inclement weather, the concerts will be relocated to the air-conditioned Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center.
“We invite you to dance under the stars and sway in the ocean breeze,” Becker said. “It’s a perfect summer evening activity for young and old, and it’s completely free!”
For tickets, call (718) 368-5596 or visit www.OnStageAtKingsborough.org. The Kingsborough Lighthouse Bandshell is located on the campus of Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard.