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Celebrating Juneteenth

Charles Turner & Uptown Swing


Sunday June 16, 2024 at 4:00pm

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Sunday June 16, 2024 at 4:00pm

Join Caramoor as we celebrate African American freedom and achievement! Known as our country’s second Independence Day, Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans and honors their families, heritage, and resilience. Millions celebrate this nationally and globally significant American holiday. Channeling the spirit of Harlem with vibrant swing and vital blues, Charles Turner & Uptown Swing perform music from the 1920s to the present day. Family-friendly activities complete this annual June jubilee steeped in tradition and joy. All are welcome! This event is FREE.

The Venue: Friends Field
A large open lawn adjacent to Concessions and restrooms, Friends Field is used for many programs throughout the summer. Food and drinks are allowed (and encouraged!) – just remember to throw out or recycle before you leave. Note that there is no built-in seating on Friends Field, so please bring your own chairs and/or blankets.

Summer Season Shuttle / Take the FREE shuttle from Metro North’s Katonah train station to and from Caramoor! The shuttle runs before and after every summer afternoon and evening concert. There is no RSVP to get on the shuttle, it will be there when you arrive (in the parking lot side of the station). If it’s not there, it’s just making the loop and should be back within 5–10 minutes. The shuttle will start running 1.5 hours before the concert, and 1 hour after the concert ends.

Rain or Shine / All events at Caramoor take place rain or shine. In the event of bad weather, this Friends Field concert will move under the fully covered Venetian Theater tent. This is a large tent with open sides and seating already provided. You will no longer need to bring your own seating to this concert in this scenario.

Explore the Rosen House from 3:00pm–6:30pm / Select rooms of the Rosen House are free to explore during our Open House hours. No RSVP is required; feel free to attend and discover more about Caramoor’s history and founders.

Learn More About Charles Turner

CHARLES TURNER, Brooklyn-based jazz vocalist and songwriter has taken the New York City scene by storm. Turner has held residencies, hosted, and performed at venues such as Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center,   Birdland, Smoke Jazz Club, and the historic Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem. International performances include Pizza Express, in London, Sunside Sunset in Paris, Sala Claomores in Madrid, and more venues abroad from Seoul, South Korea to Wellington New Zealand.

Berklee College of Music Graduate, Turner has extended his educational value by teaching at The American School of Modern Music in Paris, France in 2017 & 18. Then participated in “ Jazz for Young People” at JALC and conducted Masterclasses in various high schools and Universities such as N.Y.U. Vocalist, Composer, & Educator, moving forward to bring this incredible music to the people and currently a teaching artist at JAZZ HOUSE @ TRINITY.

Charles’ passion for bringing swing and jazz to listeners of all generations and backgrounds proceeds through his new band and project Charles Turner & Uptown Swing. Bringing the Swing and Spirit of Harlem to music lovers and dancers around the world. Vibrant Swing, Virtuosic Bebop & Vital Blues, The band extends music from the swing era to the present under the umbrella of swing. Turner’s Sophomore Album “ Single & In Love”, produced by Grammy award-winning drummer Ulysses Owens Jr. has received critical acclaim and continues to play all across the world.

Caramoor is proud to be a grantee of ArtsWestchester with funding made possible by Westchester County government with the support of County Executive George Latimer.
All concerts made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.