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QC Annual MLK Day Celebration with Samara Joy

January 15, at 3:00 pm


(QC students get 50% discount. Check for more offers HERE)

Come share the dream at KCA’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration. Every January since 2017, KCA and Queens College have held a special event in honor and memory of Dr. King’s legacy and connection to Queens College, where he delivered a powerful speech in 1965. This year’s program will feature a special performance by Grammy-nominated jazz songstress Samara Joy, a keynote address by the event’s honoree, Dr. Jelani Cobb, a recognition ceremony, and a post-show reception.

Nominated for two Grammys 2023, including best new artist and best jazz vocal album, Samara Joy’s velvety, smooth voice puts her own enchanting interpretation on jazz standards from the Great American Songbook. After winning the 2019 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition at the age of 19, she released her debut album Samara Joy. One of the most promising young vocalists, she has already performed in many of the great jazz venues in New York City and beyond, including Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Blue Note, and the Apollo Theatre. On her most recent release, Linger Awhile (Verve Records), the 22-year-old makes her case to join the likes of Sarah, Ella, and Billie as the next jazz singing sensation.

Her rich and ageless voice has already earned her fans like Anita Baker and Regina King, appearances on the TODAY Show and millions of likes on TikTok — cementing her status as perhaps the first Gen Z jazz singing star.

“… a deeply emotive vocalist, with power that usually takes a lot of living to master.” – Downbeat

“The close precision and frothy power of her voice stand out immediately … so does the depth of her comfort within the jazz tradition.” – The New York Times

This event will run for 2 hours including a 10-minute intermission.

This engagement of Samara Joy is made possible through the Jazz Touring Network program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.


January 15
3:00 pm


LeFrak Concert Hall
153-49 Reeves Ave
Flushing, NY 11367 United States
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(718) 793-8080