Vincent Herring Quartet At Smoke Jazz In Harlem

Vincent Herring, an exhilarating alto saxophonist who personifies the spirit of musical giants like Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt, and Cannonball Adderley, leads a powerful quartet in a new and exciting regular Monday night residency. Continue Reading →

Paris: Harlem’s Alfie Wade Sings “On The Sunny Side Of The Street,” (Video)

In October, 2016, long time ex-Harlem resident Alfie Wade sang the classic Fats Waller tune, “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” backed on guitar by Bertrand Papy, part of the Soirée Jammin’ Jazz and Blues 2016, at the au Concept Café in Sète, France. Continue Reading →

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy Gillespie Festival 2017

Dizzy-Gillespie-006Jazz at Lincoln Center will proudly honor the centennial of the birth of jazz visionary and trumpet virtuoso of Harlem’s John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie with thirteen performances dedicated to his jazz legacy as part of the Dizzy Gillespie Festival, January 26-29, 2017. Continue Reading →

Ailey’s 5-Week NYC Holiday Season 2016 Continues

alvin-ailey-american-in-harlemAlvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s five-week engagement at New York City Center continues this week with the world premiere of MacArthur “Genius” Kyle Abraham’s Untitled America on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016. Continue Reading →

Hazel “The Darling Of Café Society” Scott, 1920 – 1981 (Video)

Hazel_Scott_19561Hazel Scott, June 11, 1920 – October 2, 1981. She was called the “Darling of Café Society” back in 1939 when Harlem New York was alive with the sounds of swing. Continue Reading →

Join The Best In Music At The Free SummerStage 2016 In Central Park

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City Parks Foundation is proud to announce the 2016 season of SummerStage, New York City’s largest free performing arts festival, bringing more than 115 free performances to Central Park and 15 neighborhood parks throughout the five boroughs.  Continue Reading →

Charlie Parker To Be Inducted Into Apollo Walk Of Fame

charlie parker miles davisIn anticipation of the New York premiere of Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD (April 1st and 3rd), a co-production between the Apollo Theater and Opera Philadelphia, the Theater will celebrate its jazz legacy by inducting the iconic and influential jaz saxophonist, Charlie “Ya rd b ird ” Pa rker, into the Apollo Walk of Fame. Continue Reading →

Nat’l Jazz Museum In Harlem Hosts Opening Celebration

national museum of jazz in harlemOn Tuesday, March 29, The National Jazz Museum in Harlem (NJMH) will host the opening celebration for its new home at 58 West 129th Street, in the heart of Harlem’s bustling cultural and entertainment scene.  Continue Reading →

Harlem Cultural Archives: Camille Billops And Jim Hatch Archivists (video)

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We love the recordings from the Harlem Cultural Archives, and here’s another one. Camille Billops and Jim Hatch were professors at the City College of New York in Manhattan Community District 9 in Harlem, Camille in Art and Jim in English – when they ramped up their “Artists and Influences” oral history project. 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 →