Black Spectrum Theater’s 20th Annual St. Albans Jazz & R&B Festival – Harlem World Magazine

Saturday July 16, 2022 grab a chair or bring a blanket as the Black Spectrum Theater presents the 20th Annual St. Albans Jazz & R&B Festival hosted by the “Queen of Conscious Comedy”, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney.

Mrs. Stickney (New Jack City, The Inkwell, Die Hard with a Vengeance). Performances include; The St. Albans Jazz Festival All-Star Band and musical guests Leon & The Peoples, New York’s hottest new Reggae Soul Band led by actor/singer/songwriter Leon, jazz guitarist Norman Brown and Grammy-winning Regina Belle!

Iconic legend, singer, songwriter and musician Roberta Flack will be presented with the “Key to the City of New York” by Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams.

Roberta Flack has made outstanding contributions to the music world with hits like “Killing Me Softly”, “Feel Like Makin’ Love” and “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, and as a humanitarian.

She founded the Roberta Flack School of Music at Hyde Leadership Charter School in the Bronx, providing an innovative music education program free of charge to underprivileged students, and during the height of the Covid pandemic and organized a virtual listening party to profit from Feed the children.

The 20th Annual St. Albans Jazz & R&B Festival will also include special community award presentations and excerpts from the Black Spectrum production,”black lovewritten by Carl Clay, founder and executive producer of the Black Spectrum Theatre.

The Festival is free to the public and takes place at St. Albans Park, located at Merrick Blvd. & Sayres Ave. 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. EST.

The rainy date is Sunday, July 17, 2022.

For the past 20 years, this outdoor event has been a staple in Southeast Queens, providing the community with a day of empowerment and fun that strengthens bonds between neighbors and friends.

For more information: www.blackspectrum.net or call (718) 723-1800.

The Black Spectrum Theater Company is located at 177th Street and Baisley Blvd. in Jamaica, Queens.

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Carl Clay, Founder and Executive Producer of the Black Spectrum Theatre, has dedicated himself body and soul to the arts and culture of Southeast Queens for over 50 years.

Recognized for its commitment to presenting and producing, the Black Spectrum Theater Company is home to black artistic expression showcasing the African-American experience.

Since its inception in 1970, the historic theater continues to be a cultural anchor and educational resource for its surrounding community.

The Black Spectrum Theater Company is the recipient of ten AUDELCO Awards and three National Black Festival Awards for Excellence in African American.

Additional programs for children include Youth Theater Company, Children’s Theater Company and Summer Theater Camp.

The 325-seat theater is located in a recreation complex within Roy Wilkins Park, Queens, and doubles as a film/video studio.

The complex also contains rehearsal rooms as well as a small cabaret theatre.

The Black Spectrum Theater Company is funded in part by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust; National Endowment for the Arts; NYC Parks and Recreation; NYC Black, Hispanic & Asian Caucus; New York City Councilwoman Nantasha Williams; New York City Councilwoman Selvena Brooks-Powers; Queens Borough President Donovan Richards; NYC Council President Adrienne Adams; Assemblyman Khaleel Anderson; MP Alicia Hyndman; New York State Senator James Sanders Jr.; New York State Senator Leroy Comrie; NYC Department of Youth and Community Development; NYC Transit Authority Donations Committee; Carver Bank; Local 1199; and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Coalitions of Color, NYC Cultural Immigrant and Anti-Gun Violence Initiatives.

Photo credit: Phyllis Yvonne Stickney Wikipedia.

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