In the Fall of 2014, A Better Jamaica, Inc. joined forces with the Sutphin Boulevard Business Improvement District to launch a pilot of The AirTrain Jazz Festival at the AirTrain Jamaica Station.
The goal of the festival was to bring to life the keyboard and names of jazz greats emblazoned high on the walls of the building that houses the AirTrain Jamaica Station and, in doing so, provide a cultural greeting to travelers passing through the AirTrain Jamaica Station.
The inaugural festival presented eight consecutive Thursday evenings of live jazz from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the concourse level of Jamaica’s AirTrain Station – the transfer point between the JFK AirTrain and the Jamaica transportation hub that features the Long Island Railroad’s Jamaica station and the New York City subway system’s Sutphin Boulevard station.
The inaugural season was so successful that we were able to raise enough funds to expand the series considerably.
The 2015-2016 season of The AirTrain Jazz Festival will present thirty performances scheduled to take place on Thursday afternoons/evenings from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
The AirTrain Jazz Festival is presented with the generous support of New York City Council Member Rory Lancman, New York City Council Member I. Daneek Miller, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.