John Woman by Walter Mosley

December 15, 2018 12:00pm – 2:00pm

***All Schomburg Reading Circle discussions will take place at Countee Culleen Library, 104 W. 136th Street, right around the corner from the Schomburg Center.

Join the Schomburg Center and Countee Cullen Library for the final Schomburg Reading Circle discussion in our fall season with a conversation on John Woman by Walter Mosley.

Come prepared to delve deeper into the book’s themes and topics, and to discuss what intrigued you most about the author’s work with your fellow Schomburg Reading Circle book club members at Countee Cullen Library.

Schomburg Reading Circle books are available for purchase in the Schomburg Shop, and can be checked out at your local NYPL branch. Reserve your copy of John Woman in the NYPL catalog.

Register to hear Walter Mosley in conversation at the Schomburg Center on December 11.

Events are free and open to all, but due to space constraints registration is requested. We generally overbook to ensure a full house. Registered guests are given priority check-in 15 to 30 minutes before start time. After the event starts all registered seats are released regardless of registration, so we recommend that you arrive early.

Please note that holding seats in the Langston Hughes Auditorium is strictly prohibited and there is no food or drinks allowed anywhere in the Schomburg Center.

Programs are photographed and recorded by the Schomburg Center. Attending this event indicates your consent to being filmed/photographed and your consent to the use of your recorded image for any all purposes of the New York Public Library.

Please note that professional photography and video recordings are prohibited without expressed consent.

Cost: Free (RSVP)

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Countee Cullen Library
104 West 136th Street betweenn
New York NY 10030 



Lapidus Center Presents: Teaching Slavery

December 12, 2018 5:00pm – 6:00pm

ASL interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning available upon request. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing

Join us in conversation with leading scholars and educators Manisha Sinha and Ebony Elizabeth Thomas about how teachers can and should help students understand slavery in U.S. history. Manisha Sinha is Professor of American History at the University of Connecticut and author of The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas is Associate Professor of Literacy, Culture and International Education with the Graduate School of Education at University of Pennsylvania and co-editor of Reading African American Experiences in the Obama Era: Theory, Advocacy, Activism.

Presented in collaboration with the Schomburg Center’s Education department.

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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street
New York NY 10037 US

Move and Groove: Vinyasa Jazz Flow

December 8, 2018 3:30 pm

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem invites you to our monthly program: Move and Groove. Join us every second Saturday afternoon for a 60 minute vinyasa flow set to tlive jazz. This carefully curated sequence seamlessly unites mind and body with skillful postures and mindful breathing. Flow towards deep relaxation.

Our yoga class will be led by certified Yoga Instructor and jazz enthusiast Courtney Liddell.

About Your Teacher:

Courtney Liddell was first exposed to yoga through a family friend and yoga instructor at the age of six. Several years later she began to establish a regular practice when friends from a boot camp class coerced her into attending her first vinyasa flow class. Courtney went on to complete her 200 hour training at Sonic Yoga in 2013 and has also completed a chair yoga training with Sunlight Yoga.

A continuous student, Courtney seeks to share her yoga practice through an energetic flow, the exploration of sound healing and the belief that yoga is accessible for every mind and body. Her teaching experience includes, the Harlem YMCA, Asali Yoga and Family Yoga at the Bronx Settlement Community Center.

How much does class cost?


Is there an age requirement?

Yes. In order to participate in class you must be 18 or older. If you are under 18, a legal guardian must sign a liability release form before class begins.

What do I need to bring?

Yoga mats are not provided. Please bring your own yoga mat, towel, and water.

Tell me about the facilities.

There is one large ground floor with two bathrooms. While the National Jazz Museum in Harlem has coat hooks and space to leave shoes, we are not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged items.

What time does class start?

Class will promptly begin 4:00pm. Our policy is first come, first practice. We ask that you please give yourself enough time to sign a liability release form, change, set up your mat, stretch, and settle in.

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The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
58 West 129th Street
New York NY 10027 US

“Great Day in Harlem” @ 60 w/ Benny Golson and Jonathan Kane

December 4, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the famous Art Kane photograph “Great Day in Harlem”, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem will host Kane’s son, Jonathan Kane, and one of the last living musicians from the photo, NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson, for a night of conversation and celebration of the new book Art Kane: Harlem 1958 released in November.

Art Kane: Harlem 1958 is a visual history of an iconic image including, for the first time, virtually every single frame from the historic shoot. With original text by Art Kane, forewords by Quincy Jones, the legendary Benny Golson, who appears in the photo, and an introduction by Kane’s son, musician and photographer Jonathan Kane, the 168-page hardback volume is the story behind the shot.

In 1958 fledgling photographer Art Kane pitched the idea to Esquire – invite the musicians of New York’s jazz community to come together for one photo. Esquire agreed and Kane sent requests via agents, record labels, managers, clubs, anywhere he could spread the word.

“There was going to be an unusual shooting of a photograph for Esquire Magazine and I was being invited to be a part of it. I couldn’t believe it! Nobody really knew me that early in my career. But zippo, I was there on the intended date. When I arrived, there were all of my heroes.” Benny Golson

57 jazz musicians, from the unknown to the world famous, duly assembled at the unlikely hour of 10am at 7 East 126th Street, between Fifth and Madison Avenues. The group would include Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Thelonius Monk, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Count Basie – whose hat was repeatedly stolen by local kids until Kane surrendered and put them in the shot, too.

“Black and white: two colors forbidden to be in close proximity, yet captured so beautifully within a single black and white frame. The importance of this photo transcends time and location, leaving it to become not only a symbolic piece of art, but a piece of history. During a time in which segregation was very much still a part of our everyday lives, and in a world that often pointed out our differences instead of celebrating our similarities, there was something so special and pure about gathering 57 individuals together, in the name of jazz.” Quincy Jones

Tickets: Free

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
58 West 129th Street
New York NY 10027 US

2018 NYADIFF – Gala Screening: Life is Fare

December 1, 2018 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Life is Fare is a Tigrinya/ English feature film exploring three wildly different perspectives on the East African nation of Eritrea. The film’s premise follows Sephora, an idealistic young Eritrean American pitching a well meaning, but ludicrous film idea to her traditional mother about a man (Haile) who fled their home country and ended up in San Francisco. As a recently arrived immigrant, Haile is terribly homesick for his native Eritrea, but will not admit it due to unease towards speaking ill of the country; and more consciously in hesitance of admitting hard truths about his culture and himself.

Life is Fare is a cross-cultural film that challenges how patriotism and nationalism are practiced by people of a country, and is inspired by current Eritrean and Ethiopian migration experiences. Q&A & VIP RECEPTION after the screening

Cost: Film & discussion only: $20.00 (via Eventbrite add $2.03 fee);  Film, discussion & VIP reception: $35.00 (via Eventbrite add a $2.79 fee).


Teacher’s College – Columbia University – Mlbank Chapel
525 West 120th Street
New York NY 10027 US



2018 NYADIFF – Gala Screening: They Had a Dream (Le Reve Francais)

November 25, 2018 | 3:00pm – 9:00pm

Gala Screening/US Premiere: THEY HAD A DREAM / Le Rêve Français
Q&A? with FIRMINE RICHARD & VIP reception. Red carpet @ 3pm and Screening @ 4pm.

They Had a Dream tells a story based on reality. It is both a social and a fictional saga, exploring the interconnected lives of two Guadeloupian families to reveal hidden or obscure aspects of French society.

In the Sixties, the idea of a ‘dream France’ appealed to many French West Indians and Reunion Islanders. The BUMIDOM (Bureau for the Development of Migration in Overseas Districts) encouraged them to leave their native lands to escape the poverty caused by the closure of sugar mills, among other factors.

Although they were overseas citizens of France, these people (some of whom were the victims of a compulsory emigration policy, while others had spontaneously decided to move to Metropolitan France) found that life there was very different than the one they had imagined.

Cost: Red Carpet @ 3PM, Film & Discussion Only: $20 (plus a $2.03 fee via Eventbrite); Film, Discussion & VIP Reception: $35 (plus a $2.79 fee via Eventbrite).

525 West 120th Street
New York NY 10027

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2018 NYADIFF Opening Night Flim: Timeless, A Virgin Islands Love Story

November 23, 2018 | 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Opening Night Film/NY PREMIERE: TIMELESS, A VIRGIN ISLANDS LOVE STORY – Q&A with Director & VIP Reception

Timeless is a love story that travels in time from 19th Century Ghana to the modern day Caribbean.

It is the story of Ajuwa, a Ghanaian warrior, who loses her soulmate to the slave trade. Their souls reunite in the present in the form of Malinda Benjamin, a Senator in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Alphonse Walcott, a gifted writer who has returned from New York. But the kindling of the relationship goes sour when Alphonse meets Bianca.

Some of the social issues explored in the film are human trafficking past and present, political corruption and immigration.

Cost: OPENING – Timeless includes: Red Carpet, Film + discussion: $25.00 (plus a $2.28 fee via Eventbrite); Red Carpet @ 6pm, Film, Discussion & Catered VIP Reception: $50.00 (plus a $3.55 fee via Eventbrite)

525 West 120th Street
New York NY 10027

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Book Launch: Upright Bass: The Musical Life & Legacy of Jamil Nasser – A Jazz Memoir

November 10, 2018 | 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Upright Bass: The Musical Life and Legacy of Jamil Nasser – A Jazz Memoir
New York book launch.Vertical Visions Media Presents The Untold Story: “A book that uncovers why Miles Davis was so fascinated by the untold stories of how these Memphis musicians were so ahead of the others…”

About the Book:
George Joyner, Jamil Sulieman, and Jamil Nasser are three names that appear on the records of Phineas Newborn, Lou Donaldson, Ahmad Jamal, Red Garland and many more. These three names identify one jazz bassist, composer, and jazz advocate, who made an indelible mark in the jazz world for over fifty years. Upright Bass chronicles his evolution from a young bassist on Beale Street to a top-flight bassist on the New York Jazz scene. Miles Davis harbored curiosity about the environment that produced Jamil and three Memphis musicians he hired in 1963. Nasser’s narrative captures the untold stories of two piano giants Phineas Newborn and Oscar Dennard. He also shares anecdotes about his mentors: Papa Jo Jones, Lester Young, Charles Mingus, Oscar Pettiford, and Ray Brown. Moreover, Jamil describes his decade-long tenure with Ahmad Jamal, which included a life-threatening imprisonment in South America. Finally, we learn about his plight as an outspoken jazz artist fighting for greater union representation, the perils of heroin addiction in the music industry, media access, healthcare, and self-ownership.

About the Author:
Muneer Nasser is a musician, author, songwriter and historian. Born on June 3, 1967, to the late, great bassist Jamil Nasser, Muneer Nasser’s exposure to the jazz idiom was early and powerful. He has had the unique opportunity to meet many of the jazz greats that his father knew. Muneer’s lifelong commitment to jazz history evolved out of these encounters. Consequently, he has read over one hundred books, magazines, and conducted informal interviews with jazz masters whose answers stimulated his quest to document jazz history. Watch out for Muneer’s new CD release A Soldier’s Story available December 2018.

Guests include: Jimmy Owens, Lou Donaldson, Harold Mabern, Dick Griffin, Rufus Reid, George Coleman, Richard Wyands & others

Hosts: Jimmy Owens and Muneer Nasser; Book Presentation: Muneer Nasser and invited guests; and Book Signing: Meet the author and get your book signed. Please pre-order your book at to ensure delivery of your book at event. Limited copies will be available for sale on-site. Media contact Amir Nasser, Musical Notes: Musical tribute by Jamil’s friends and associates

“I loved the way Jamil played bass, so I asked him to join my band. His great bass playing and personality contributed much to my music.” B.B. King

Cost: Free. Please, RSVP via 

St. Peter’s Church
619 Lexington Avenue at 53rd Street
New York New York 10022

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Louis Armstrong Symposium & Continuum Concert

October 10, 2018 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

Columbia University Center For Jazz Studies and The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation present the Louis Armstrong Continuum Symposium that will explore the range of Louis Armstrong’s influence in music but also in literature, visual art, and social justice. Panelists include Farah Griffin, Deidra Harris-Kelly, Emily Lordi, Maxine Gordon, Herman Beavers, Brent Edwards, Stefon Harris, Jon Faddis, Herlin Riley, Charenee Wade, David Chevan and 2018 SATCHMO Award recipient Shelia Jordan.

Cost: FREE. NOTE: Only two (2) reservations per person per email address. ALL duplicates will be deleted.

Columbia University – Alfred Lernall Hall
2920 Broadway, 5th Floor – Room 555
New York NY 10027

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Lincoln Center’s Out-of-Doors: NPR Music’s Turnin The Tables Live

August 1, 2018 | 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Last summer, NPR Music and Lincoln Center radically changed how we talk about the history of popular music with the publication of the 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women list and a live show at Lincoln Center Out of Doors celebrating those albums. This marked the beginning of the Turning the Tables project, a challenge to think bigger about music’s past, present, and future by highlighting voices often relegated to its margins. This year, NPR’s Turning the Tables Live: 21st-Century Edition shifts focus toward a new generation of artists claiming center stage. To celebrate, we present a night of music and conversation with Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum recording artist and singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen; visionary Chicago R&B artist and poet Jamila Woods; Americana supergroup I’m With Her; and more.

Music and conversation with:
Carly Rae Jepsen
Jamila Woods
I’m With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan)
and others to be announced
Moderated by Ann Powers

Seating is first come, first served, and gates open one hour prior to the performance.

Cost: FREE

Damrosch Park
175 West 62nd Street
New York NY 10023

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