Miles Ahead, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (video)

81pFNMGtcBL._SY450_The release of the movie Miles Ahead, Don Cheadle’s wildly entertaining and moving exploration of Miles Davis, will be accompanied by this new soundtrack featuring musical highlights from Miles’ career and new recordings overseen by Grammy Award-winning jazz/hip-hop artist Robert Glasper. 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 →

Harlem Fave Tonya Payton Memorial Service Announcement

Tonya PaytonA memorial service for Tonya Payton, the CEO and Founder of S&S Associates, a boutique public relations firm, will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016, 6:00 P.M. at Dorsett located at 677 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.  Continue Reading →

Coleman Hawkins, One Of The First Prominent Jazz Musicians In Harlem 1920’s

Coleman_HawkinsColeman Randolph Hawkins November 21, 1904 – May 19, 1969, nicknamed Hawk and sometimes “Bean”, was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. One of the first prominent jazz musicians on his instrument, as Joachim E. Berendt explained: “there were some tenor players before him, but the instrument was not an acknowledged jazz horn”.  Continue Reading →

HW PicK: “Miles Ahead,” Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis (video)

miles davis by don cheadle1Miles Ahead, a film directed by and starring Don Cheadle about music icon, Harlem fave, Miles Davis, with co-stars Emayatzy Corinealdi, and Michael Stuhlbarg. Continue Reading →

The Jimmy Cobb Miles Davis Celebration & Record Release At Smoke

jimmycobb1Wow, Jimmy Cobb is playing with more vitality and purpose in his 80’s than drummers a fraction of his age. He is probably most famous as the drummer on Miles Davis’ classic Kind of Blue and his band will celebrate the iconic trumpeters May 26th birthday over these two nights, as well as the release of Jimmy’s new record on Smoke Sessions, The Original Mob. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Cicely Tyson And Miles Davis

cicely tyson and miles davisCicely Tyson was born (December 19, 1933) and raised in Harlem, New York by William Tyson and Theodosia Tyson. The photo above is from stunning couple in August 1968 attending the premiere of The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter in New York City. Continue Reading →

Sugar Ray Robinson In Harlem, 1940’s


The New York Times published a piece on Sugar Ray Robinson and his glory days in Harlem. And the UpTownFlavor ran this piece, so we thought it might be cool to look back over some Sugar Ray’s favorite places to hang out in Harlem. Continue Reading →

John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie In Harlem (video)

Dizzy-Gillespie-006John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie (pronounced /ɡɨˈlɛspi/; October 21, 1917 – January 6, 1993) was an American jazz trumpet player, bandleader, singer, and composer. Continue Reading →