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The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival 2014

The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival 2014

“You can tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker” – the words of jazz great Miles Davis paying homage to the forefathers of a musical movement now celebrated around the world. Sixty years after his passing, Charlie “Bird” Parker is celebrated for his contribution to modern music through rhythmically and … Continue reading

Jazzed! The Changing Beat of 125th Street

Harlem and jazz are intertwined with one another, the influence of the music created during the Harlem Renaissance is a lesson in American history.   To walk the wide, tree-shaded streets of Harlem is a unique experience.  Brownstones  stand strong and powerful, with the stories  of music, art, and culture as much a part of … Continue reading

Uptownflavor remembers Jazz legend Billy Taylor

Uptownflavor remembers Jazz legend Billy Taylor

Billy Taylor, a name synonymous with Jazzmobile. A legend in the world of jazz and the artistic director of the Kennedy Center. Taylor died of heart failure yesterday at the age 89. Jazzmobile will be celebrating the 90th birthday of Dr. Taylor next year. Dr. Taylor wrote more than 300 compositions. They ranged in scope … Continue reading

Thelonius Monk: Straight No Chaser

Filmmakers Bruce Ricker and Charlotte Zwerin use Michael and Christian Blackwood’s 1968 footage of modern jazz innovator, Thelonious Monk, to create a singular portrait of this Jazz master’s life both onstage and off. Charlotte Zwerin brings her editing genius (Gimme Shelter, Salesman) to the fore as she weaves new interviews, archival photos and music through … Continue reading

Canceled due to weather: Great Jazz on the Great Hill

Jimmy Heath by Kwame Brathwaite *Editor’s note: This event has been canceled* This Saturday, July 10, the organizers of Jazzmobile  will bring their annual free concert to Central Park. “Great Jazz on the Great Hill”  returns with legendary saxophonist Jimmy Heath, Latin jazz percussionist Ray Mantilla and Dion Parson’s 21st Century Band, joined by 2009 … Continue reading

Harlem’s Happening

PEDRO MARTINEZ PROJECT (Saturday) Since arriving in the United States at the end of the 1990s, the Cuban percussionist Pedro Martinez has been all over the place, putting rumba and guaguancó into the weave of all kinds of groups. But when his drums, singing and writing are the focus – as is the case in … Continue reading

Today: A Harlem Jazz Second Line

A New Orleans style second line  of revelers jubilantly dancing as they follow behind a parade of brass band will wind through three Manhattan neighborhoods: Hudson Square (adjacent to Tribeca and SoHo), Lincoln Square (Upper West Side) and Harlem. Each event will feature a concert aboard the Jazzmobile float. In Harlem, a second line led … Continue reading

Jazz festivals in and around Harlem

Ambrose Akinmusire, who plays the CareFusion Jazz Festival. Here are shows recommended by the jazz writers of The New York Times. PEDRO MARTINEZ PROJECT (June 26) Since arriving in the United States at the end of the 1990s, the Cuban percussionist Pedro Martinez has been all over the place, putting rumba and guaguancó into the … Continue reading

Tonight: Care Fusion Jazz Festival: Sun Ra Arkestra

Join us for a special performance by the SUN RA ARKESTRA directed by Marshall Allen brought to you by the Care Fusion Jazz Festival New York produced by George Wein. Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 7:00 pm Admission is $15 for the general public and $10 for members, seniors and students. TICKETS ON SALE NOW! … Continue reading

Sunday Night Jazz at 67 Orange

67 Orange Street 2082 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 113th St Date: Sun, Mar 28th Time: 4:05am Cost: Free Sunday Night Jazz 67 Orange Street is named for the last known location where Almack’s – one of the first black owned speakeasies of the prohibition era – once stood. Owner Karl Franz Williams brings the vibrant … Continue reading

Sundays in Washington Heights

The New York Times took a trip up to Washington Heights for their Local Stop section the other day. My long time friend Marge Eliot was featured for her ongoing public service of providing free jazz concerts in her living room at 555 Edgecombe every weekend. Read the article: The New York Times

Harlem Textile Works Benefit featuring Henry Grimes

On Saturday, September 12th, 2009, the legendary and visionary jazz musician, Henry Grimes (acoustic bass, violin, voice), along with his esteemed band mates, Andrew Lamb (reeds, flute, percussion), and Michael WimberlyBlack Box Theatre at 308 West 133rd Street, above Morningstar Pentecostal Church, just east of St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem–New York City. (drums, percussion), will present … Continue reading

17th Annual Jazz at the Mansion

The ever gracious Harlem jewel, Marjorie Eliot, will be hosting her 17th Annual Jazz at the Mansion concert at the historic Morris Jumel Mansion on Saturday, August 22nd, 2009. Enjoy a free tour of the mansion and live Jazz on the lawn from 2:00-6:00 PM.  The mansion is located at 65 Jumel Terrace between 160th … Continue reading

Jazzmobile Season kicks off

Jazzmobile kicked off its Harlem International Jazz Festival with a free concert on Tuesday. Performing for the first time in Manhattan’s Carl Schurz Park, the group presented a concert by internationally-renowned jazz drummer Winard Harper and the Dion Parson 21st Century Band. Jazzmobile co-founder and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Dr. Billy Taylor … Continue reading

The Tyrone Birkett Group

The Tyrone Birkett Group at the Langston Hughes Theatre Friday July 17, 2009 6:45pm – 7:30pm Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture 515 Malcolm X Boulevard (Lenox Avenue) at 135th Street. Harlem, New York Directions: #2 or #3 train to 135th Street, B, C train to 135th Street Minutes from the FDR, Bruckner/Major Deegan … Continue reading

Jazzmobile Jazz Vocal Competition 2009

Jazzmobile Inc. will host the sixth annual “Jazzmobile Vocal Competition” scheduled to take place July 27th. Jazz singers, who want to join in the fun and compete to become “the best of the best,” are invited to audition to be a part of the competition. Auditions will be held Thursday, July 2, 2009 3:00 PM- … Continue reading

The Ghosts of Harlem: Session with Jazz Legends

What does a former CIA agent have to do with Harlem jazz musicians?  You’d be surprised how easy it was for a former spy to coax old memories out of 42 musicians over the course of 20 years. Music producer, author, photographer and former CIA agent, Hank O’Neal documented the lives of Harlem jazz musicians … Continue reading

Jazz Museum in Harlem celebrates the life of Art Tatum

On Saturday, June 20 2009, The Jazz Museum in Harlem will host a free Art Tatum program, also featuring  Ben Webster in: 2009, A Centennial Celebration. The program includes a biographical overview, documentaries, and an expert panel. The day long event begins at 10am and ends at 4pm. For more information visit: Jazz Museum in Harlem

A Taste of Harlem at Windows Over Harlem

“A Taste of Harlem” will take place on Saturday, June 20 at 10:00 A.M at Windows Over Harlem on Saturday, June 20th. The event pays tribute to the diversity of Harlem and its rich community that has inspired many renowned musicians, artists and writers. “Harlem is home to a myriad of cultures and ethnicities. ‘A … Continue reading

Paula Ralph-Birkett and the Tyrone Birkett Trio

The Tyrone Birkett Group feat. Paula Ralph-Birkett, quickly becoming gospel jazz fixtures in Harlem, will present their signature mix of fiery jazz, gospel and soothing soul inspiration.   Friday June 19th 2009 (please note this correct date) Sets at 7pm & 8:30pm Gospel Uptown (GU Harlem) is opening it’s doors to become THE commercial and … Continue reading

Jazzmobile Returns for its 45th Year

Jazzmobile, which presents New York’s oldest continuous summer Jazz festival reaching approximately 100,000 annually, will kick off its 2009 summer season with a three-borough concert tour, featuring jazz great Randy Weston, on Sunday, June 21. The performances, are part of the Make Music New York Festival, a free day of outdoor concerts throughout the five … Continue reading

Ellington Under the Harlem Skylight

An Evening of Ellington Songs Under the Harlem Skylight Thursday, May 28, 2009 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. The Arts, Culture & Fun Series, along with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, presents an evening of Ellington songs under the Harlem skylight, with a live jazz band. To RSVP, call (212) 408-0296 or email artsculturefun@parks.nyc.gov. Location Hansborough Pool … Continue reading

El Barrio Spanish Harlem: Birthplace of Afro-Cuban Jazz

THE NATIONAL JAZZ MUSEUM IN HARLEM PRESENTS: “El BARRIO”, SPANISH HARLEM : BIRTHPLACE OF AFRO-CUBAN JAZZ Host/Moderator: Bobby Sanabria Saturday, May 30, 2009 The National Jazz Museum in Harlem 10AM- 4PM 104 EAST 126th STREET (easily accessible by the 2,3,4,5,6 subways) ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Remembering Freddie

Please join Freddie Hubbard’s widow Briggie, his son Duane, his musical director and friend David Weiss as well as: Donald Byrd, Cedar Walton, Louis Hayes, Gary Bartz, Buster Williams, Jimmy Heath, Jimmy Owens, Lenny White, Randy Brecker, Russell Malone, Jeremy Pelt, Javon Jackson, Vincent Herring, Larry Ridley, Killer Ray Appelton, Howard Johnson, Christian McBride, Carl … Continue reading