Events at KCC
Korean Culture Center Jazz Night
2015 - Present
The Korean Culture Center hosts its Jazz and Art Nights as a monthly event.
Hosting renowned Jazz musicians such as Ron Block, Ron McClure, and Thomas Goodman, Jazz Night is a place of gathering for our students and the community around us. Jazz Night is filled with Korean food, music, art, and culture.
Thomas J. Goodman
Acoustic and Electric bass player with over 10 years experience in Rock, Pop, and Jazz. Currently leading Thomas Goodman Orchestra since 2002. Played Bass as a member of Sleepwalkers and Obscure Blues Band. Freelance Jazz Bassist – performed weekly at Kum Gang San. Performed with Ken Simon and performed with Ron McClure. Performed at Carnegie Hall twice, played in a big band and assisted in improvisation classes at New York Jazz Academy.
Pete Zimmer released five (5) critically acclaimed albums as a leader on his own record label, Tippin’ Records. The albums showcase both his constant swing on the drums and his skilful and melodic compositions. His composition, “Time That Once Was,” a moving ballad recorded on his first album Common Man, was recently licensed to Sony Pictures Television where it was featured in the opening scene of the series they produce “Masters of Sex” (Episode 307, Monkey Business), aired on Showtime. Zimmer’s band has performed at many of the prominent jazz venues in New York City including The Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Smoke Jazz Club, Smalls Jazz Club, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Birdland Jazz Club, The Kitano, Fat Cat, and Cornelia Street Café.
Ron graduated from Hartt College of Music in 1963 with a bachelors in music. He went on to play with Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, Charles Llyod Quartet, Wynton Kelly's Trio, Miles Davis Quintet, and the 4th Way. He was among one of the first jazz musicians to be allowed to play in Bill Grahm's Fillmore auditoriums. He now teaches at New York University in the Jazz Studies Department. He continues to play jazz as a free-lance bassist and with his own quartet.
Rob Block is an extraordinary jazz guitarist, piano player, composer/ arranger, and educator. Rob has written, arranged, and performed extensively with Bassist Steve Kirby (Cyrus Chestnut), Two Time Grammy Nominee, Trumpeter, Flugelhorn, Composer Russell Gunn (Bradford and Wynton Marsalis,), Tenor Saxophonist Gregory Tardy(Palmetto Records, Nicholas Payton, Mulgrew Miller, Elvin Jones), and was an adjunct Professor teaching jazz composition for 10 years at the nationally recognized jazz music department of Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri alongside music professors and teachers Paul DeMarinis, Kim Portnoy, Dan Eubanks, and Dave Venn.
North Korea Now & Then
March 9, 2019
North Korea-born filmmaker, Dai Sil Kim-Gibson, will come to KCC to discuss relevant issues currently impacting North Korea, including, but not limited to the country's socio-economic transformation over the last half-century and what defining moments will shape its future
The White Room - Halloween Party
October 27, 2018
Family Motto Writing
October 22, 2018
A famous Korean calligraphy artist Baek Sang Yeol came to KCC to host a calligraphy event. He presented a beautifully written family motto to the attendees at the event. Designating a family motto is a tradition of Korea. Family Motto wishes for blessings and prosperities upon the family.
K - Movie Night & Draw Your Tote
August 17, 2018
Draw your own tote bag! Korean Culture Center had an artsy event night. Korean movie was also playing on the side of the venue. The movie was especially dedicated to Comfort Women, who are victims of forced sex-slavery during WWII. This event was a great opportunity to show off people's artistic talent, and at the same time, learn more about Korean Culture.
Korean Movie Night
August 17, 2018 - Present
Korean Culture Center had its second Movie Night.
For this movie night, We are playing a very special movie, Snowy Road, in advocacy for Comfort Women. Comfort Women are victims of sex-slavery during WWII. Please read the following article.