Jack Kleinsinger Presents
4 GREAT JAZZ HAPPENINGS
In our great home
TRIBECA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Jack Kleinsinger is the producer/director of Highlights in Jazz, New York City’s longest-running jazz concert series. It was formerly performed at Theatre De LYS, Astor Place Theatre, Hunter College, NYU, Pace University, and is currently at Tribeca Performing Arts Center in Manhattan. Jack is also an attorney, teacher and lecturer, and a former candidate for public office; in August 1991, he retired as Assistant Attorney General of the State of New York.
Dave Brubeck, Christian McBride, Freddy Cole, Cyrus Chestnut, Jay Leonhart, Bucky Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Bobby Sanabria, Steve Turre, Sonny Fortune, David “Fathead” Newman, Ken Peplowski, Dave Valentin, Lewis Nash, and many others appeared this season in jack’s Highlights in Jazz concerts.
For more than 35 years, Jack has produced and hosted each year’s series of eight jazz programs–researching, selecting and contracting the 75 or more artists in each year’s concerts. In addition, he designs and structures each of the programs, coordinates publicity, public relations, technical assistance and fund-raising and is solely responsible for its smooth operation.
In addition to Highlights in Jazz, he has produced many concerts in New York City schools, colleges and prisons; co-produced programs for the Newport and the New York Jazz festivals in the 1980s-1990s; stage managed the Jazz Festival in Nice, France in 1976; and has taught jazz courses at New York University. He also volunteered his services as an instructor at the International Center in New York City.
Jack has served as a talent consultant and assistant for the Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland (1985-86)and produced children’s jazz programs for the Boston Globe Festival in Massachusetts and the Sarasota, FL Jazz Society in the 1980s.
For his work, Jack has been honored with several awards. On June 26, 1997, the JVC Jazz Festival presented a concert entitled “Thanks to Jack Kleinsinger for 25 years of Highlights in Jazz at the Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse in New York City; on Feb. 5, 1998, Manhattan Borough President C. Viginia Fields issued a proclamation designating that date Jack Kleinsinger Day in the borough in recognition of Jack’s contribution to the cultural life of New York City; on Sept.6, 1998, Jack received the Charlie Parker Memorial Award at the 52nd Street Americana Festival; and on June 18, the JVC Jazz Festival is presenting a concert entitled “A Celebration of 35 Years of Highlights in Jazz Honoring Jack Kleinsinger” at New York Society for Ethical Culture with Billy Taylor, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ken Peplowski, Byron Stripling, Ted Rosenthal, Wycliffe Gordon, Gene Pertoncini, Jay Leonhart and Lewis Nash.
by Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen