HW Pick: Elio Villafranca’s Letters To Mother Africa (Video)

elio-artistWith “Letters to Mother Africa,” by the visionary Cuban pianist and composer Elio Villafranca who brings us an ambitious and culturally enlightening hot program! Continue Reading →

“Harlem,” By Duke “The Duke” Ellington, Harlem, NY 1950 (Video)

dukeSurfing on Youtube we found this great song about Harlem, composed by the legend Duke Ellington in the 1950’s. Here Duke and his orchestra play a fifteen minute tug of war of the highs and lows of Harlem. Continue Reading →

“Drop Me Off In Harlem,” By Louis Armstrong And Duke Ellington, 1933 ( Video)

Duke Ellington at the piano and Louis Armstrong on trumpet rehearse Leonard Feather's "Long, Long Journey" during a session at the RCA Victor recording studio in New York Jan. 12, 1946. (AP Photo)

“Drop Me Off in Harlem,” sang by Harlem legends Louis Armstrong And Duke Ellington, composed by Duke Ellington, with lyrics written by Broadway columnist Nick Kenny in 1933. Continue Reading →

John Mayer Trio, Bruce Willis And More At A Great Night In Harlem

-John Mayer Trio and Bruce Willis in Harlem1For 27 years, the Jazz Foundation of America has been keeping jazz & blues alive by helping the musicians who played with everyone from Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday to Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones. Continue Reading →

The Harlem “Genius” Charles Alston New York 1900’s

Charles_AlstonCharles Alston was a renowned African-American artist of the early 1900s. Not only was he a revolutionary painter, but he was a sculptor, a muralist and also a very influential teacher. Continue Reading →

Alvin Ailey’s “Revelations” Movie At Lincoln Center

alvin ailey gala1This is your chance to witness an iconic masterpiece of American dance, Alvin Ailey’s Revelations, described by The New York Times as “one of the great works of the human spirit.” Continue Reading →

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 →

“Creole Love Call” Duke Ellington Orchestra Featuring Kay Davis 1948-1949 (video)

obit-davis-popup sliderKay Davis and Duke Ellington were both living in Harlem when she was hired to sing the incredible song “Creole Love Call” around 1948-1949. Continue Reading →

Kay Davis “The Wordless Vocalist” Harlem NY 1940’s

kay davisKatherine McDonald Wimp née Katherine McDonald stage name Kay Davis, December 5, 1920 – January 27, 2012 in Apopka, Florida, was an “exquisite” American jazz singer best known for her time with the orchestra of Duke Ellington. Continue Reading →

Harlem Man Duke Ellington Band Live (video)

duke ellingtonFantastic performance footage of one of Jazz’s greatest stars – Duke Ellington. With performances of song of his most famous songs including “Mood Indigo”, “Caravan” and “Sophisticated Lady” Continue Reading →