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 →