Encore for Jamaica’s AirTrain Jazz Festival

Lineup of performers for 2019-20

The sixth season of the AirTrain Jazz Festival, presented by the Supthin Boulevard Business Improvement District and A Better Jamaica, is underway, and will be bringing 34 live evening shows to the AirTrain concourse at the Long Island Rail Road’s Jamaica Station every Thursday through May 28. The festival was begun as a tribute to the Jamaica region’s historic ties to the singers, musicians and band leaders from jazz’s golden era.

The performances, offered during evening rush hours, also entertain both travelers going to and from their destinations and those who find the time to stop and take in the music.

Greg Mays, founder of A Better Jamaica, pointed to the tributes to the jazz greats in the building in a press release sent out with the Sutphin Boulevard BID.

“Everyone who passes through the AirTrain Jamaica station should know about the rich history of jazz in the area,” said Glenn Greenidge, executive director of the BID.

This year’s artists who are scheduled to include Thomas Morimoto, Anthony Wonsey, Craig Haynes, Chuk Fowler, Ron Jackson, Yoichi Uzeki, Kells Nollenberger, Tony Lewis, Steve Palmore, James Rohlehr, Amanda Monaco, Alon Nechushtan, Ed Jackson, John Gray, Agustin Grasso, Corey Garcia, Bobby Sexton, Kevin McNeal, Reggie Woods, Bruce Edwards, Camille Jones, Takeshi Ogura, Eric Divito, Willie Martinez, Libby Richman, Sharp Radway, Mark Wade, Freddy Dugard, Keith Jordan, Michelle Nestor, George Gray, Dale Toliver, Tyr Morris and Gil Chimes.

Additional sponsors include The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, the Department of Cultural Affairs, the Queens Council on the Arts, City Councilmen Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) and Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) and the Jamaica Arts Council.

Further information is available online at theairtrainjazzfestival.com.