A hulking eyesore that clogs up a prime block on Harlem’s main thoroughfare will be torn down and replaced with a commercial building housing cultural and performing arts facilities, city and state officials disclosed earlier this month. Continue reading
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There is perhaps no bigger fan of James Brown than Christian McBride, who in September 2006 fulfilled his dream of performing together with the Godfather of Soul. This performance at The Hollywood Bowl, where McBride led a big band in renditions of songs from Brown’s jazz/soul recording, Soul on Top, will be one of the highlights of tonight’s session. And expect to hear a lot of musical examples that demonstrate why Christian once wrote: “For close to half a century, James Brown represented that rare type of artist whose music created an impenetrable force around the listener. Continue reading
For decades jazz cognoscenti have talked reverently of “the Savory Collection.” Recorded from radio broadcasts in the late 1930s by an audio engineer named William Savory, it was known to include extended live performances by some of the most honored names in jazz — but only a handful of people had ever heard even the smallest fraction of that music, adding to its mystique. Continue reading
HARLEM WEEK 2010, the largest cultural festival in the Northeast kicked off with a gala celebration hosted by Mayor Michael Bloomberg at Gracie Mansion. Continue reading
From Greg Thomas
Yesterday’s Saturday panel at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem was such a pleasure to moderate. Cordial, candid conversation took most of the time, but the most powerful part, for me, was the music the panelists shared…
…For instance, Vijay Iyer played Ahmad Jamal’s “But Not For Me” from the classic Pershing date. Heaven! That’s why I urge you to check out the video of Jamal’s timeless trio here on “Darn That Dream.” Identify the jazz legends you see looking on . . .
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, a nonprofit arts group, has been selected by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in conjunction with the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ), to take occupancy of a vacant site on 125th Street. The former Mart 125, which housed small retail outlets, has been unused since 2001. If backing from developers can be procured, the NJMIH, along with Image Nation, a nonprofit that supports independent cinema and progressive music, will move into the 10,000-square-foot space, which is across the street from the legendary Apollo Theatre.
“We are excited to be advancing this innovative project that will marry the best of the development community with two, great cultural institutions,” said NYCEDC President Seth W. Pinsky. “The project will help to ensure the future of 125th Street as a premier arts, cultural and entertainment destination, as well as a center of economic development.” Continue reading
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Pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi talks about her career and influences at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. She’s one of the most successful female performers in jazz, Akiyoshi has earned 14 Grammy nominations since the 70s, and was named Jazz Master by the Nation Endowment for the Arts in 2007.
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