HW Pick: Midsummer Night Swing Week One

nyc_midsummer_2Midsummer Night Swing celebrates the dance bands and soloists who fill the dance floor.Happening in a specially designed, open-air ballroom in Damrosch Park (West 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues) Tuesdays through Saturdays, June 21–July 9, 2016 Midsummer Night Swing kicks off with the Catherine Russell Septet. Continue Reading →

Coleman Hawkins, One Of The First Prominent Jazz Musicians In Harlem 1920’s

Coleman_HawkinsColeman Randolph Hawkins November 21, 1904 – May 19, 1969, nicknamed Hawk and sometimes “Bean”, was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. One of the first prominent jazz musicians on his instrument, as Joachim E. Berendt explained: “there were some tenor players before him, but the instrument was not an acknowledged jazz horn”.  Continue Reading →

Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band At Harlem Stage

maryl lou williamsMary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band is a documentary about the life and music of one of the greatest jazz pianists, composers and arrangers who has remained largely unknown…until now. Continue Reading →

Jodie Watley, Harlem Renaissance Orchestra Come to Lincoln Center

JodyWatley (2)The 27th season of New York’s greatest outdoor dance party – Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing – takes over the open-air ballroom in Damrosch Park (West 62nd Street between Columbus &; Amsterdam) from Tuesday, June 23 through Saturday, July 11.   Continue Reading →