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Quintet of the Americas Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Ella Fitzgerald’s Birth on March 18 with Concerts in Queens and Brooklyn

March 17, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
516-586-3433 or

New York, NY – Quintet of the Americas woodwind ensemble will present concerts Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Ella Fitzgerald’s Birth and Women’s History Month on Saturday, March 18 at 3PM at Langston Hughes Library and Cultural Center, 100-01 Northern Blvd. in Corona, Queens, and the same day at 8 PM at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, 58 7th Ave. in Park Slope.

The Quintet will be in concert with Renée Manning, vocals, Earl McIntyre, trombone and tuba and Carlos Maldonato, percussion, performing music by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Earl McIntyre, Renee Manning, George Gershwin, Ella Fitzgerald, Paquito D'Rivera, Charlie Parker, and others.

Both March 18 performances are free and open to the public. For more event information, call the Quintet at 718-230-5189 or visit them at These concerts are ADA accessible. For MTA transportation information, visit

Renée Manning has sung with the Mel Lewis Orchestra, Mingus Big Band, Chico O'Farrill Afro Cuban Orchestra, George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, and Dukes' Men. She has worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Sir Roland Hanna, Mark Murphy, Howard Johnson, Joe Williams and sung at Village Vanguard Birdland, Red Rooster, BB King Blues Club, The Iridium, BAM Cafe, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Ritz, Blue Note Japan, Milk River, Ronnie Scott's in London, Monmartre Club in Copenhagen, La Villa in Paris and others.

Earl McIntyre's arranging credits include work with Roberta Flack, Luther Vandross, the Saturday Night Live band, Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy, Johnny Copeland, Cedar Walton, Renée Manning, the Mel Lewis Orchestra, the Mingus Big Band, Elvis Costello, Steve Turré, Bob Stewart, Jon Faddis, J.J. Johnson, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Cannonball and Nat Adderley.

Internationally known Quintet of the Americas is Queens’ own premiere woodwind quintet. Founded in Bogota, Colombia in 1976, the Quintet has specialized in bringing music from the Western hemisphere to audiences in the United States since its arrival in New York in 1979. The group has enjoyed an international career that has taken them to concert halls throughout the Americas and Eastern Europe, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, and the Library of Congress. Members of the Quintet are Karla Moe, flute, Matt Sullivan, oboe, Paul Won Jin Cho, clarinet, Barbara Oldham, horn, and Gina Cuffari, bassoon. They are currently in residence in The Department of Music and Performing Arts in The Steinhardt School at New York University. Visit their website at and become their friend at

These programs are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. These programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding comes from The Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation and from generous individuals. Special thanks to the Hon. Melinda Katz, Borough President of Queens, and the Queens Delegation to the New York City Council.

For Quintet of the Americas press inquiries, contact Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at 516-586-3433 or





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