The City Artist Corps Showcase at Queens Theatre

The Influence of Musical Theatre on Jazz

October 16, 2:30 PM

Type of event: Music Performance

The performance will illustrate the various ways that Jazz, America's only indigenous art form, incorporated the greatest songs from Musical Theater of the 1920s through the 1970s into the Jazz repertoire. Songs by Broadway's greatest composers, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Frank Loesser, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein and others, will be performed by the Steve Cimino Quartet in creative jazz interpretations of these great works of art.

Photograph of Shulman Playhouse
Photo of Steve Cimino
Meet the artist


In his teens, Steve was a member of the Westbury Music Fair Orchestra, where he accompanied artists, such as Eddie Fisher, Mitzi Gaynor, Melba Moore, Sister Sledge, and many more. He has performed professionally with some of the world's greatest jazz musicians, Clark Terry, Jimmy Knepper, Don Friedman, Kenny Peplowski, John Riley, Keith Copeland, Jimmy Nottingham, and many others. He has studied music at SUNY at Stonybrook and Brooklyn College where he received his MA in Music. He has composed a String Quartet, a Symphony, and music for Jazz Ensembles and taught music in NYC Public Schools He has performed in the pit orchestra of the East Village Light Opera production of "Me and My Girl", and Westbury Music Fair production of "Hair" and 40 other musicals in the five Boroughs and LI.