Queens Family Day: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Rashida Bumbray, Michael Mossman & Copland Jazz in association with Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College

SummerStage Kids presented by Disney presents Queens Family Day, a day dedicated to engaging young audiences and their families through thrilling performances! Families will also have the opportunity to participate in interactive music & dance workshops + face painting and more!

Led by Music Director Wynton Marsalis, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO), comprising 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today, has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra since 1988. Featured in all aspects of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s programming, this remarkably versatile orchestra performs and leads educational events in New York, across the U.S. and around the globe; in concert halls; dance venues; jazz clubs; public parks; and with symphony orchestras; ballet troupes; local students; and an ever-expanding roster of guest artists. Education is a major part of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s mission; its educational activities are coordinated with concert and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra tour programming. Jazz at Lincoln Center educational programs reaches over 110,000 students, teachers and general audience members. http://www.jalc.org/
Rashida Bumbray is a choreographer and curator. Her choreographic practice combines a nuanced relationship with dance, visual art and music in the interest of creating and presenting work that interrogates society and instigates healing. While Bumbray’s primary dance forms are tap dance and ring shout, she has studied with international dance masters of various forms in Brazil, The Gambia, and London. Bumbray collaborates often with Dance Diaspora Collective—a group of artists and cultural workers—who bring their individual politics and histories to the dance. She earned a BA in African American Studies and Theater & Dance from Oberlin College where she studied Jazz, Blues and Afro dance forms with Professor Adenike Sharpley and collaborated with Oberlin Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Wendell Logan. Bumbray also received an MA in Africana Studies at New York University. Bumbray is a 2014 recipient of the Harlem Stage Fund for New Work. Her performance Run Mary Run during Jason & Alicia Moran’s BLEED at the Whitney Museum of American Art was listed in Best Concerts of 2012 by Ben Ratliff, New York Times. She is the guest curator at Creative Time for the project Funk, God, Jazz & Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn—a series of community based artist commissions—to be presented in collaboration with Weeksville Heritage Center (Fall 2014).

Michael Philip Mossman has been active on the international scene since the age of 17, and has recorded with his own groups and with a virtual “who’s who” of the music industry. Michael was nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award for “Best Instrumental Arrangement” for his “Afro-Latin Ellington Suite.” Michael has composed and arranged music for the films “Bossa Nova” and “Chico and Rita,” which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012. His ballet “Beneath the Mask” was performed by Jon Faddis and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra with the Deeply Rooted Dance Company (choreographed by Mayte Vicens.) His ballet, La Cova do Rey Cintolo was premiered in 2010 in Mondoñedo, Spain. Mr.
Mossman has composed and arranged scores for the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Tri-Cities Symphony, Joe Henderson’s Grammy winning Big Band album, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, The Charles Mingus Orchestra, Tito Puente, Mario Bauza, Slide Hampton and the Jazz Masters Orchestra, Paquito D’Rivera and Ray Barretto’s New World Spirit. Michael, a Yamaha Artist, is currently Professor and Director of Jazz Studies at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in New York City.