York College Performing Arts Center
94-45 Guy R Brewer Blvd
New York, NY 11451
ph. (718) 262-2412
In the heart of south Queens, the York College campus sits on a 50-acre configuration of six super blocks divided by public streets. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), the College's central campus includes the academic core which houses classrooms, lecture halls, laboratories, a television studio, art studios, library, computer facilities, academic and administrative offices, as well as dining facilities and a bookstore. On adjacent super blocks the 1,437-seat Performing Arts Center/180-seat Theater Building can be found. The larger main stage space is a proscenium style theater and the smaller is a more intimate arena thrust space. It is here that jazz has found a home.
Venue of the Week
315 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
Ever since most of Chicago’s top musicians moved to New York in the mid-to-late 1920s, New York City has been the Jazz Mecca. Nearly every major jazz style of the past seventy years has been initiated in the Big Apple.
It was Charlie Parker, familiarly known to his fans and fellow musicians as “Bird,” a contraction of Yardbird, his formal nickname, who was the dynamic creative personality and genius of the alto saxophone who served as the inspiration for Birdland.
When the original Birdland opened sixty years ago in December, 1949, Charlie Parker was the headliner and the club was located on Broadway, a block west of the 52nd Street scene, which was a hotbed of jazz in the 1930s and 40s.
Miraculously, just as the scene on 52nd Street caved in, Birdland was born and quickly came to prominence
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