Nat’l Jazz Museum In Harlem Announces Gala 2016

national museum of jazz in harlemThe National Jazz Museum in Harlem (NJMH) has announced that legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes will be honored with the Legends of Jazz Award, and President & CEO of The Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, Kenneth J. Knuckles, Esq with the Jazz and Community Leadership Award at its 2016 Annual Benefit Concert to be held on Tuesday, June 14 at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: Michael Feinstein Ft., Freda Payne, More At Lincoln Center (video)

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Michael Feinstein begins the Jazz & Popular Song series illuminating the significant role of jazz in sustaining the popularity of the American Jazz Standard. Continue Reading →

Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD At The Apollo Theater In Harlem

charlie parker miles davisIn anticipation of the New York premiere of Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD, a co-production between the Apollo Theater and Opera Philadelphia, the Apollo has announced today that it will offer related cultural events for the public at the legendary Theater as well as other community institutions. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Ella Fitzgerald Sings Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’ In Berlin 1968 (video)

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Ella Fitzgerald wasn’t born in Harlem, but she thrived in Harlem from staring on Amateur Nights at the Apollo Theater, to performing at the the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem.  Continue Reading →

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 →

Souleo: Civil Rights Doc Eyes On The Prize Returns

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Growing up after the civil rights movement removed executive producer of WORLD Channel, Chris Hastings from any firsthand experiences of that era. Continue Reading →

City College Readies For The Return Of ‘On Kentucky Avenue’

on kentuck avenue1Back by popular demand, On Kentucky Avenue: A Celebration of Atlantic City’s Historic Club Harlem returns to City College’s performing arts center Aaron Davis Hall on Friday, February 19, for a three-day encore engagement. 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 →

City College’s ‘On Kentucky Avenue’ Returns In Harlem

Donna Clark Ty Stephens Rene Ternier Cassandra Palacio and Mindy Haywood perform The Prettiest Girl in the WorldBack by popular demand, On Kentucky Avenue: A Celebration of Atlantic City’s Historic Club Harlem returns to City College’s performing arts center Aaron Davis Hall on Friday, February 19, for a three-day encore engagement. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Zelda Wynn Valdes, 1940’s

Zelda_Wynn_Valdes1The legendary Zelda Wynn Valdes (June 28, 1905 – September 26, 2001) was an African-American fashion designer and costumer. Continue Reading →