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 →

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Middle School Jazz Academy At 10

charlie parker miles davisSince 2006, Jazz at Lincoln Center has proudly offered free jazz education to 60 middle school age student musicians in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx through its groundbreaking program Middle School Jazz Academy. Continue Reading →

Before 5: Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band At The Schomburg In Harlem

maryl lou williamsMary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band is a documentary about a brilliant outlier, a woman who dared to live on her own terms. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: Harlem’s ‘Mary Lou Williams,’ A Film Presented By African Voices Magazine

mary lou williamsMary Lou Williams was a true Harlemite, who was jamming with McKinney’s Cotton Pickers at Harlem’s Rhythm Club. Louis Armstrong entered the room and paused to listen to her. Mary Lou shyly tells what presently happened: “Louis picked me up and kissed me.” Continue Reading →

Helen Sung At Smoke Jazz Club In Harlem (video)

Helen-SungPianist Helen Sung, one of the rising stars on the jazz scene, was included by Wynton Marsalis in his list “Who’s Got Next: Jazz Musicians to Watch.” Continue Reading →

Interview: Harlem Lover Tia Fuller

tia fullerTia Fuller

Beautiful music, from a talented artist, the Harlem lover releases her latest album Angelic Warrior this month. The veteran pauses to reflect on working with Beyonce’, Esperanza Spaulding, her fave thing to do in Harlem and teaching at a Catholic school. Continue Reading →