Harlem Man William James “Count” Basie 1904 – 1984 (video)

Count_Basie_in_Rhythm_and_Blues_RevueWilliam James “Count” Basie August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984, was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing in his teens. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Lorenz Milton “Rodgers And” Hart 1895 – 1943

Lorenz Hart from harlemLorenz Milton Hart (May 2, 1895 – November 22, 1943) was the lyricist half of the Broadway songwriting team Rodgers and Hart. Continue Reading →

Jimmy Cobb Birthday Celebration At Smoke

jimmycobb1Jimmy Cobb is playing with more vitality and purpose in his 80’s than drummers a fraction of his age. The New York Times called his most recent recording on Smoke Sessions Records, The Original Mob, his best album in recent memory” and “a cogent argument against obsolescence.” Continue Reading →

‘Lady Day,’ Billie Holiday Signed By Al Hirschfield, 1930’s

billie holdiay print by hershfieldA wonderful Billie Holiday ink drawing, titled “Lady Day,” (she also use the nickname the “Prez”), it is hand signed by illustrator extraordinaire Al Hirschfeld.  Continue Reading →

Billie Holiday’s Upper West Side Home For $12.95M

200381497NY Curbed reports that you don’t have to be able to sing your heart out to own the former Upper West Side home of jazz great Harlem fave Billie Holiday, but you will need more than twice as much as you would have six years ago. Continue Reading →

Souleo: Meet the Unforgetable Personalities Of Harlem’s Iconic, Paris Blues Bar

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While the jazz-fueled heyday of the Harlem Renaissance era has long since played its last note, there are a few places in the historic ‘Black Mecca’ that continue to honor its legacy amid rapid gentrification.

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Apollo Theater Announces New Hologram Initiative

apollo theater signThe Apollo Theater announced today that it will expand its daytime programming that celebrates the iconic Theater’s legacy and enduring impact. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: Diana Ross’s New Love Tour At NJPAC

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First it was Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil, now its Diva Diana Ross, can the fall get any better? by The legendary Diana Ross returns to New Jersey on Wednesday, September 16 as a part of her In The Name of Love Tour. Tickets are on sale now.
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Watch Four Live Performances By Harlem’s Billie Holiday

Billie_HolidayBillie Holiday’s name has been in the news lately for some reasons that remind us of the tragedies she sang about and those she endured. First, there was the story of the rather appallingly tone-deaf PR firm who thought one of Holiday’s most well-known recordings, “Strange Fruit”—a song about lynching—would make a great name for their brand. Continue Reading →

Apollo Theater Partners with Jazz Musician Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

apollo partner with louisanaThe Apollo Theater announced today its new artistic partnership with renowned jazz musician Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, which will include a range of major contemporary annual themed events and programs that will celebrate the origins of jazz, the continued innovations within the genre and build a younger audience for the art form. Continue Reading →