Harlem Stride Piano Style Developed During The 1920s And 1930s In Harlem, NY (Video)

Harlem Stride Piano, stride piano, commonly abbreviated to stride, is a jazz piano style that was developed in the large cities of the US East Coast, mainly in Harlem, New York, during the 1920s and 1930s. Continue Reading →

New Petition Seeks An End To Controversial Dancing Ban From Harlem To Hollis

In reference to a movement that has been gaining momentum in recent months, Grubstreet reports on a petition to repeal the city’s archaic–and racially motivated in its origins–1926 Cabaret Law that requires an establishment to have a city license if more than three patrons want to move their feet. Continue Reading →

Join The Best In Music At The Free SummerStage 2016 In Central Park

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City Parks Foundation is proud to announce the 2016 season of SummerStage, New York City’s largest free performing arts festival, bringing more than 115 free performances to Central Park and 15 neighborhood parks throughout the five boroughs.  Continue Reading →

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph Book By Roxanne Orgill

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In this picture book Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxanne Orgill, it is aimed at kids age 8 and up, Orgill recounts the history of jazz through a couple of dozen poems — each accompanied by beautiful and happy drawings by Detroit artist Francis Vallejo. 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 →

‘Harlem Blues’ By Phineas Newborn Jr’s (video)

mr newborn s harlem bluesBefore this posting we had not heard of Phineas Newborn Jr., let alone his glorious Harlem Blues recorded in New York City on February 12, 1969.

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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 →