Universal Temple of the Arts will celebrate the life of Sajda Musawwir Ladner, Executive and Artistic Director and Founder of the Staten Island JAZZ Festival on Saturday, March 12, 2021, from 5-9 p.m. at the historic St. George Theater in her beloved Staten Island community. Scheduled during Women’s History Month, the festival, hosted by Sheila E. Anderson, author and on-air personality, WBGO, 88.3 FM, is an auspicious opportunity to feature live jazz tribute performances by returning favorites Winard Harper & Jeli Posse; the Leopoldo F. Fleming Afro-Caribbean set; Danny Mixon Quartet with singer Antoinette Montague; the UTA Jazz Ensemble and exciting performances by newcomers to the festival scene – Bria SkonbergNikara Warren Presents…Black Wall Street, and the Dal Segno Trio with Michael Morreale and Nobody from Houston.
For more than three decades, under Ms. Ladner’s direction, the Staten Island JAZZ Festival has featured treasured performances by NEA Jazz Masters, such as the late great Barry Harris, pioneering Afrofuturism band Sun Ra Arkestra, talented traditional, contemporary, emerging venues, and the young lions of the jazz pantheon. Not only did Ms. Ladner provide jazz lovers with the opportunity to experience quality live performances on the stages of Staten Island, but she also strongly believed that audiences of all ages should experience anything and everything jazz-related by presenting educational workshops. and taught forums. by eminent scholars, visual artists, dancers, poets, etc. His wisdom and love of the art form received critical acclaim at the event, making it New York’s longest-running community festival.
It should be noted that for many years Universal Temple of the Arts has promoted the Staten Island JAZZ Festival with images by Romare Bearden, America’s prominent African-American visual artist, signifying the special relationship between Universal Temple of the Arts and iconic cultural creators and innovators since its inception. established in 1967 as a non-profit arts, cultural and educational organization.
Sajda Musawwir Ladner is revered within the artistic community; his spirit lives on forever through the annual Staten Island JAZZ Festival and the organization’s mission to “accelerate individual and community creative spirit and foster brotherly love”. To honor his legacy, we’re asking for your support for the JAZZ Festival – buy a ticket and share the event on social media. All festival proceeds support Universal Arts Temple’s FREE arts and education programs throughout the year.
“As we enter our third decade as Staten Island’s oldest jazz festival, we remain committed to showcasing iconic and popular jazz artists as well as showcasing Staten Island artists who stand tall to deliver their understanding of this globally cherished music called jazz.Like New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz and gumbo, the Staten Island JAZZ Festival cooks up with jazz music, dance, song, and spoken word.Universal Temple of the Arts thinks of JAZZ in all capitals, we explore all aspects of this art form.