Melissa Slocum – Harlem Jazz Series

Melissa SlocumMay 22, 2018 12:00pm – 2:00pm 

Melissa Slocum has been performing worldwide since 1982, and worked with such legends as Art Blakey, Lionel Hampton, Cab Calloway, Clark Terry, Wynton Marsalis, Woody Shaw and Hank Jones. Comfortable in genres ranging from duo to big band, traditional to avant garde, she performed and recorded with Charli Persip and Superband, Ralph Peterson and the Fo’tet, Avery Brooks with Craig Harris, Howard Johnson and Gravity, Dakota Staton, Kevin Mahogany, the Firey String Sistas, and the all woman big band DIVA, among many others. Television appearances include Newport Jazz Festival 1999, Kennedy Center 25th Anniversary Gala, BET Interview, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN with the Kevin Mahogany Quintet and CBS News with Lionel Hampton.  Ms. Slocum holds a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the Manhattan School of Music.


1st set: Noon – 12:45pm (15-min break) 2nd set: 1:00 – 1:45pm

House doors open at 11:30am

Price: $15

Greater Calvary Baptist Church 
43-55 West 124th Street btwn Malcolm X Blvd and Fifth Ave
New York NY 10027 US


James Brandon Lewis Trio – Harlem Jazz Series

May 18, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm

James Brandon Lewis (b. 1983 Buffalo, NY) is a critically acclaimed saxophonist, composer, recording artist and educator. Lewis has received accolades from New York Times, Q Magazine and cultural tastemakers such as Ebony Magazine, who hailed him as one of the “7 Young Players to Watch” in today’s scene. Lewis has shared the stage with Ken Filano, Darius Jones and Jason Hwang, William Parker, Hamiet Bluiett, Hamid Drake, Ravi Coltrane, Jimmy Heath, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Mark Ribot, Anthony Coleman and many others. Jazz legend Sonny Rollins endorsed Lewis as a “promising young player with the potential to do great things having listened to the Elders.” New York Times had this to say, “James Brandon Lewis is a jazz saxophonist in his ‘30s, raw toned but measured, doesn’t sound steeped in the current jazz academy values; there’s an independence about him.” Lewis leads numerous ensembles and is the co-founder of Poetry Music Ensemble Heroes Are Gang Leaders. Lewis attended Howard University, with a MFA from California Institute of the Arts.


James Brandon Lewis – sax, Brad Jones – bass, and Juan Pablo Carletti – drums

1st set: 7pm – 7:45pm (15 min break) 2nd Set: 8:00pm – 8:45pm

House doors open at 7:30pm

Price: $20

Greater Calvary Baptist Church
43-55 West 124th Street
New York, NY 10027

Summer on the Hudson: Friday Freshen Up

May 25, 2018 to August 24, 2018 – 7:00pm – 8:00pm (Fridays)

Get out to the park and kick off the weekend with some local sounds at this monthly musical get-happy hour.

Freshen Up Fridays take place on the last Friday of the month from May through August (every 4th Friday of every month between 5/25/2018 and 8/24/2018).

May 25 – Danielle Martin / Alternative Soul
June 29 – Nicolas Emden / Indie South American Folk
July 27 – The GroovaLottos / a funky good time of soul-funk-blues
Aug 24 – Jazze Belle / @jazzebellemusic

Cost: FREE

West Harlem Piers
125th Street and Marginal Street
New York NY

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Yayoi Ikawa – Harlem Jazz Series


May 25, 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Born in Tokyo, Japan, but raised musically in New York, pianist/composer/educator Yayoi Ikawa is an experience in ingenuity and compassion. Being exposed to the diverse music scene in New York, Yayoi plays Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Hip-Hop, Classical, African, and Caribbean music. Using music as a powerful communication tool, Yayoi strives to lift up humanity through understanding and encouraging herself and others. After a Nippon Crown release “Angel Eyes” in 2004, she self-produced “Color of Dreams” displaying her original compositions. In 2008, Yayoi started “The Bridge Project” to create musical dialogue between different cultures. Yayoi has worked with Reggie Workman, Michael Carvin, Howard Johnson, Michal Urbaniak, Salim Washington, Emeline Michel, James Germain, Daniel Bernard Roumain, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, The Meditations, Kaissa, Blitz the Ambassador, St Paul Baptist Church in Montclair NJ, the International Jazz and Dance Academy in Slovenia and more. Her musical activities can be seen on


Yayoi Ikawa – piano/composition

1st set: 7:00pm – 7:45pm (15 min break) 2nd Set: 8:00pm – 8:45pm

House doors open at 6:30pm

Price: $15

Festival Cubano – Cuban Dance and Music Festival in New York

May 12, 2018 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm

It is the eve of Mother’s Day with a Cuban social event. The event features dance and music performances by Oyu Oro and local artists, as well as a display of Cuban arts and crafts. Light refreshments and wine will be served. Bring your mother, sister, family and friends to celebrate this special weekend. Visit to get a taste of this festive feast of dance and music.

Cost: General: $15 Plus Mojito:$20 At the Door:$20 Cash only. Tickets: Available starting on April 1st at 
The Ailey Studios
405 West 55th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001

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Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Karen Mason

May 21, 2018 | 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Vocalist, Karen Mason has starred on stage and television, and in recordings. On Broadway, she dazzled audience in Wonderland, originated the role of Tanya in Mamma Mia!, and earned ovations for her performance as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. She is also a beloved cabaret singer, and has appeared at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, and other venues that welcome the finest popular singers.

Cost: Free

Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
524 West 59th Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues
New York NY 10019







SoHarmoniums Women’s Choir In Between: Sounds & Spaces

May 15, 2018 |8:00pm – 10:00pm

The SoHarmoniums Women’s Choir presents In Between: Sounds and Spaces, a celebration of the liminal experiences in our lives. The program begins with inventive contemporary American composers Michael Torke, Joan Szymko, and Francisco Núñez, and continues with American folk traditions and a tango! So named for its rehearsal home in the SoHo area of New York City, the SoHamoniums is a diverse community of singers aged 20 to 75. The ensemble, under its Founding Artistic Director, Elizabeth Núñez and accompanied by pianist Taisiya Pushkar, performs an eclectic repertoire of international works ranging from classical and folk to contemporary music.

SoHarmoniums Women’s Choir
Elizabeth Núñez, Founding Artistic Director
Taisiya Pushkar, Piano

MICHAEL TORKE – Song of Ezekiel
ZOLTAN KODALY – Hegyi Éjszakák (Mountain Nights)
I. Eyes Wide Open
II. Sleepwalking
III. My Shadow, My Soul
IV. Coda
TRADITIONAL – Bring Me a Little Water Sylvie (arr. Moira Smiley); The Water is Wide (arr. Rollo Dilworth); No Time (arr. Susan Brumfield); and Elijah Rock (arr. Jester Hairston).
ASTOR PIAZZOLLA – Libertango (arr. Oscar Escalada)
DELAHANTY/PAYNE – Hooked on Classics.

Cost: $25 – $100
Merkin Concert Hall
129 West 67th Street btwn Amsterdam & B’way
New York NY 1003

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Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Matuto

May 12, 2018 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Built around the core duo of guitarist Clay Ross and accordion player Rob Curto, Matuto (meaning “country boy”) offers a unique blend of blues, Latin jazz, and Appalachian bluegrass. Ross’s “rich vocabulary of folk, blues, and jazz” (The Wall Street Journal) perfectly complements Curto’s mastery of Brazilian forró music for a signature sound that is bolstered by bass, triangle and zabumba, a Brazilian bass drum.

Cost: FREE

Queens Library Flushing 
41-17 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355





Arts, Culture & Fun: Jazz with Ray Mantilla

May 17, 2018 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Join us for a live concert with Ray Mantilla, legendary conga player along with his exciting jazz and latin quartet.

Ray Mantilla has been a professional percussionist for over 60 years. He has toured the world, notably Cuba with Dizzy Gillespie and Italy every year for the past 35 years, and has played with jazz greats like Max Roach, Art Blakey, Eartha Kitt, Charles Mingus, and Freddie Hubbard, as well as most of the great latin music orchestras including Tito Puente’s. Ray has been recognized by the South Bronx Cultural Trail and the state of Connecticut. These performances feature his exciting small ensemble.

Cost: FREE

Hansborough Recreation Center
35 West 134 Street
New York NY 10037

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Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Dr. Lonnie Smith

May 17, 2018 | 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

For more than five decades, Dr. Lonnie Smith has donned his iconic turban and cast a spell with the Hammond B-3 organ. Immersed in gospel, blues, and jazz from an early age, he cut his teeth on classic organ records by legends Wild Bill Davis and Jimmy Smith, while also absorbing the church organ sound. His soulful, funky style is instantly identifiable, and has made him the organist of choice for such jazz icons as George Benson and Lou Donaldson.

Performers: Dr. Lonnie Smith. Additional artists to be announced.

Cost: Free

Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street
New York NY 10031 US