BY JOE MARVILLI
The St. Patrick’s Day celebrations will continue this weekend with a jazz concert in Flushing.
On Sunday, March 23, composer/pianist Paul Joseph and his jazz quartet will perform renditions of classic Irish tunes at Mary’s Nativity Church in Flushing. Starting at 1 p.m., the show promises an evening of songs to sing along and stomp your feet to.
The group will perform tunes like “Danny Boy,” “When Irish Eyes are Smiling,” “Red Is the Rose,” “The Minstrel Boy” and more. The Paul Joseph Quartet is known for its jazz arrangements of classical music. While Joseph leads with his skills on the keys, violinist Susan Mitchell, drummer Mike Corn and bassist Edgar Mills round out the ensemble to a full-bodied sound.
“I wouldn’t have done it unless I was asked to. I was hesitant at first, because I didn’t see a way to fuse the two together effectively,” Joseph said. “But I realized it would be feasible when I started digging in and learning about the Irish musical culture. I found so many great traditional pieces that it even became hard to narrow down the song selections.”
This is the second year that the quartet will hold a St. Patrick’s Day performance.
“There’s always a market for music that touches the individual regardless of the genre,” Joseph said. “Music is food for the soul and there are more and more people who are looking for nutritious food.”
Mary’s Nativity Church is located at 46-02 Parsons Blvd., Flushing. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information, call (718) 359-5996 or visit www.pauljoseph.com.
Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Joey788.