The Harlem jazz landmark Uptown Lounge at Minton’s Playhouse, in support of its education-focused Minton’s Mentors Foundation, hosts a world record-breaking jazz event by programming 48 consecutive hours of jazz performances from Friday, July 4 at 12 noon until Sunday, July 6 at 12 midnight. Featured artists who have pledged support include Grady Tate,, , ,
Melba Moore, , Mala Waldron, Cal Payne Project, George Gray, Barbara Sfraga and The Timelessness Project, Patience Higgins, Kiane Zawadi, Eli Fountain, Jack Jeffers, Marvel Allen, and more. As artist lists are finalized, updates and a final schedule will be posted to http://www.mintonsmentors.org/mmf/special_events.php. The Guinness Book of World Records will be on-hand to monitor the event.
Minton’s Mentors is also accepting applications from artists who wish to participate in the event.
During the daytime hours between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Minton’s will host Community Picnics outside of Minton’s Playhouse on West 118 Street. Additionally, a complimentary continental breakfast will be served from 5:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. during the marathon.
Proceeds from the event benefit Minton’s Mentors Foundation’s educational activities, which include jazz camps, master classes, family concerts, podcasts, artistic residencies, and a partnership with South Africa’s Fort Hare University.
For more information, to sign up to perform, or to inquire about donating to Minton’s Mentors Foundation, please email email@example.com. Minton’s Playhouse is located in Harlem at .
Minton’s Mentors Foundation is dedicated to educating and supporting our youth and the Harlem community by building awareness of the history and significance of jazz. Minton’s Mentors’ outreach initiatives include jazz camps, family-oriented jazz programming, lectures by jazz educators and journalists, an international partnership with pianist Hotep Idris Galeta at South Africa’s Fort Hare University, and Artistic Residency posts held by Onaje Allan Gumbs and by Buster Williams. For more information, visit www.mintonsmentors.org, Cedric Rose, 347-291-4328
Photo of the Minton’s Playhouse mural circa., 1929.