Jack Kleinsinger’s Highlights In Jazz — New York’s Longest Running Jazz Concert Series

– concludes its 43rd Season with Jazz, Past & Present,

a historic double bill featuring NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston with Billy Harper

performing The Roots of the Blues and Highlights In Jazz New Stars

Benny Benack, Steven Frieder, Dylan Meek, Devin Starks & Kosta Galanopoulos plus a

very special surprise guest.

Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 8 pm at Tribeca Performing Arts Center of

Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street, N.Y., NY 10007


Jack Kleinsinger’s Highlights In Jazz, New York’s longest running jazz concert series,

concludes its 43rd season on Thursday June 11, 2015 at 8:00 PM in the Tribeca

Performing Arts Center at Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers

Street, NY, 10007 with Jazz Past & Present, a multigenerational double bill featuring the

incomparable duo of, pianist Randy Weston and tenor saxophonist Billy Harper,

performing a program including selections from their critically acclaimed album The

Roots of the Blues.  Sharing the bill with NEA Jazz Master Weston, who   celebrated his

89th birthday in April, will be the Highlights In Jazz New Stars, a youthful quintet of

twenty-somethings assembled by Kleinsinger himself to feature some of his favorite up

and coming young jazz players – saxophonist Steven Frieder, trumpeter/vocalist Benny

Benack, pianist Dylan Meek, bassist Devin Starks and drummer Kosta Galanopoulos.


Making his first Highlights In Jazz appearance, NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston

embodies the history of jazz past and present  in his uniquely original playing — from the

swing of Duke Ellington to the bop of Thelonious Monk and onward with his own

perennially modern music. A tireless proponent of the African roots of jazz, his sound is

steeped deep in the blues, as evident in his latest critically acclaimed Sunnyside

recording The Roots of the Blues, which features his partner on the program, veteran

tenor saxophonist Billy Harper. The album, which is comprised of a baker’s dozen of

piano/saxophones duets ranging from jazz classics like “Take The A Train,” “Body and

Soul” and “How High The Moon” to Weston’s own engaging originals such as “Blues To

Africa” and “Berkshire Blues” has been hailed by Downbeat for its “intimacy and

warmth.” Weston says of Harper, with whom he has played for more than 40 years, “Billy

is a great blues player. When he plays the tenor it’s like an orchestra.” Together the pair

will bring the history of jazz to life.


The program will also include the Highlights In Jazz New Stars, a youthful quintet

handpicked by Kleinsinger to participate in this program.  The veteran producer declares

“I’m very excited about the concert because I’m having some of my kids, people who

played with us when they were (just) students at the New School and the Manhattan

School of Music and Julliard. He beams, “The kids are great. Benny Benack — he’s a

trumpeter and a scat singer that’s extraordinary. Steven Frieder possesses a big warm

sound reminiscent of the legendary tenor sax giants of the past and Dylan Meek, already

an acclaimed recording artist and jazz club attraction on piano. Devin Starks is a bass

player who plays with Charles Tolliver.  He’s also a youngster. And so is drummer Kosta

Galanopoulos, who is still at the New School … You know it’s important to me because a

lot of younger musicians that are not so young any more, got their start with Highlights In

Jazz; Kenny Washington, Greg Hutchinson, Peter Bernstein and so many others.”  Bennie

Benack feels honored to be one of the musicians selected to join that lineage. He

proclaims, “Jack Kleinsinger has been highlighting the next generation with his support

for years, and it’s humbling to be included in one of his patented All-Star groups, this

time featuring some guys we’re all going to be hearing about for decades to come…”


And of course, as in all Highlights In Jazz concerts there will be a surprise special guest.

Kleinsinger notes with justified pride that past surprise appearances have included, Cab

Calloway, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan and Branford Marsalis and other jazz

greats. “You know,” he says, “it doesn’t get any better than that!”


All Shows At


BMCC TRIBECA Performing Arts Center

Borough of Manhattan Community College

199 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007



By car take FDR Drive south to end, through underpass onto West Street,

north to Chambers.

By Subway take 1, 2, 3, 9, A, C, E, J or M train to Chambers or N, R to City Hall stop.

Walk west on Chambers.


Box Office 212-220-1460



Ticket Prices


$40.00 (student rate with valid ID)


Tickets can be purchased in advance at the box office or by mail order.


Please send a check made payable to: Highlights In Jazz


Please mail orders to:

Highlights In Jazz

7 Peter Cooper Road, Apt. 11E 
New York NY 10010

(Please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope)





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