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Jazz at Lincoln Center is taking over the LIU Post and Tilles Center campus for the first-ever Tilles Jazz Fest on July 20 from 1-10 p.m.  This daylong event features nine concerts, including headliner Branford Marsalis and his quartet.

Produced by Tilles Center for the Performing Arts with Jazz at Lincoln Center, this outdoor-indoor festival will feature both established and up-and-coming artists, and include a New Orleans style “second line” parade. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs and picnic, and food trucks will also be onsite.

Among the performers are Long Islander Matt Wilson and his Good Trouble project, Hempstead native Brandee Younger and others, including student ensembles from Long Island University, Sea Cliff and two nearby high schools.

“We’re thrilled to unveil this first-ever and first-annual landmark event,” Tilles Center’s Executive and Artistic Director Tom Dunn said in a news release about the festival.

“In collaboration with our friends at Jazz at Lincoln Center, we’re set to transform the beautiful LIU Post campus into a vibrant hub of music and fun on July 20,” Dunn added. “It promises to be an unforgettable day for our entire community to celebrate summer with the joy of live jazz.”

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Georgina Javor, vice president of concerts and touring, said in the news release that the Manhattan-based organization is “so pleased to extend our long-standing collaboration with Tilles Center to create this exciting new event, and the lineup of artists are a who’s who of established and upcoming talent.”

Through a partnerswhip with Nassau County Tourism, a limited number of ticket packages including a free express bus to and from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Columbus Circle in Manhattan will be made available. Departure times from Manhattan and Tilles Center will be timed for day pass and evening show attendance. Bus tickets must be made in advance by purchasing packages online or by calling or visiting the Tilles Center box office.

Food trucks include Green Street Eatery, and Demi’s Spot Food Truck. There will be local artisans and vendors, including Rosie’s Vintage selling vinyl albums and vintage goods. In addition there will be an “instrument petting zoo” perfect for kids.

Marsalis is an NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) Jazz Master, Grammy Award winner and Tony nominee. He and his quartet will take the stage at 7:30 pm in Tilles Center’s Krasnoff Theatre. Marsalis leads on tenor and soprano sax, with pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Justin Faulkner.

Tilles Jazz Fest is sponsored by Sandy and Eric Krasnsoff, Catholic Health and Dime Community Bank, with additional support from Lisa and Brian Land and Jessica Brassler and George Kakoulides. Media partnership is provided by WBGO.

Tilles Jazz Fest is sponsored by Sandy and Eric Krasnoff, Catholic Health and Dime Community Bank. With additional support provided by Lisa and Brian Land and Jessica Brassler and George Kakoulides. Media partnership is provided by WBGO.

Matt Wilson’s Good Trouble is a project featuring Tia Fuller, Dawn Clement, Mimi Jones and Jeff Lederer. Wilson formerly served as a faculty member at LIU and curated the “Jazz on Stage” series at Tilles Center. He is also the recipient of awards and accolades and has performed with a number of jazz greats. The groups performs on the Dime Mainstage at 3 p.m.

Harpist and Hempstead native Brandee Younger was named winner of DownBeat Critics Poll in the category of “Rising Star” harpist and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition, making history as the first black woman to be nominated in that category. Younger plays in the Rose Garden at 4 p.m.

Rising star pianist Sean Mason is a Juilliard graduate and recently released his debut album “The Southern Suite” in 2023. He performs on the Dime Mainstage at 5 p.m.

Lyrical and swinging trombonist Mariel Bildsten earned global distinction through her performances with classic and modern jazz greats. Her arrangements and originals celebrate the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and more. Bildsten appears in Winnick House at 4 p.m. and will also lead a jazz second line across the campus at 5:45 p.m.

Young jazz vibraphonist Jalen Baker received accolades including outstanding soloist at two festivals and was named as a member of the Chicago Next Gen Allstars by the Chicago Jazz Institute. His album “This is Me. This is Us.” was chosen as the #4 Best Jazz Debut in 2021. The Jalen Baker Duo plays at 2 p.m. in the Winnick House.

Georgia Heers is a vocalist and composer, and a graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory, and The Juilliard School. She has performed at Dizzy’s Minton’s Playhouse, Smalls and many others. Heers will perform at 1 p.m. on the Dime Mainstage.

Student ensembles including two LIU groups, the LIU Jazz Sharks and LIU Jazz Combo will greet guests from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at both Tilles Center entrances, Monter and Castagna Plazas. Two area schools, Harborfields High School Jazz Band, and The Elmont Global Jazz Orchestra, will perform in the Rose Garden at 2 p.m. Sea Cliff’s own North Shore Jazz Quartet, inclusive of current conservatory and high school students, will perform at 6:30 p.m. at Tilles Center’s outdoor Castagna plaza.

Tickets are on sale now. Day passes, all-event passes, and evening-only tickets are available with prices beginning at $20. Tilles Center members and subscribers save 10% off regular adult ticket prices.


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