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


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 http://www.yayoiikawa.net


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

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

More Info: https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2018/05/17/arts-culture-fun-jazz-with-ray-mantilla

Franz Hackl – Harlem Jazz Series

May 11, 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Franz Hackl, trumpeter, composer and brass instrument maker is founder and artistic director of the Outreach Orchestra, Festival and Academy and leads his own group, Franz Hackl’s IDO Quartet His feed-forward approach, building on traditions and looking beyond the fashionable trend, leads to his distinctive style. As a trumpet player Franz has toured the international festival circuit and concert halls for over twenty years and performed in renown Jazz clubs like the Jazz Standard (as a leader), Blue Note, Birdland, and Sweet Basil to name a few. As a composer Franz was commissioned to write original music for the “Year of the Mountains” launch event at the United Nations for the opening of the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York, and has composed for numerous festivals and ensembles such as Tiroler Festspiele, Europ. Forum Alpbach, Klangspuren, Festival der Regionen and the Absolute Ensemble.

Featuring: Franz Hackl – trumpet

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

1st set: 7pm – 7:45pm (15 min break) 2nd Set: 8:00pm – 8:45pm
House doors open at 6:30pm

Price: $20

Jay Rodriguez – Harlem Jazz Series

May 1, 2018 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Jay Rodriguez is a Grammy-nominated Saxophonist, Flautist, Clarinetist, Film Composer, Producer and Arranger. He studied under a full scholarship at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, co-founded by Arnie Lawrence, who said, “Mr. Rodriguez is … a visionary… and a true light to hear and see.” Jay is the consummate artist; his resume reads like a Who’s Who of the music world. He has performed, produced recorded and/or arranged for a variety of artists and taught/lectured all over the world. Jay co-founded the NYC phenomenon, the Groove Collective, which influenced many modern hip hop and dance music bands.  Today’s performance is Soul Inflections – featuring new compositions for clarinet, flute and saxophones.

1st set: 12pm – 12:45pm (15 min break) 2nd Set: 1pm – 1:45pm

House doors open at 11am

Price: $15

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

Bob Stewart – Harlem Jazz Series

Bob Stewart – Harlem Jazz Series – May 4, 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Bob Stewart.jpgOver the last 40 years Bob Stewart has established himself as both an innovative tuba player and equally creative jazz educator. As a band leader, recording artist, and featured soloist Mr. Stewart’s playing has been featured on over 80 recordings.  He has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Gil Evans, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Charlie Haden, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Carla Bley, Wynton Marsalis, Jason Moran, Lester Bowie, Muhal Richard Abrams, Henry Threadgill, Arthur Blythe, Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, David Murray, Chaka Khan, Dap Kings, and Aretha Franklin to name a few. While concertizing and touring both in the United States and internationally, Bob Stewart, a Grammy Nominated Tubist, maintains a faculty position as professor of Jazz History at The Juilliard School.  In 2012, Mr. Stewart established “The Annual Bob Stewart Tuba Competition” to inspire tuba players to lead their own ensembles, helping to establish new tuba repertoire. Mr. Stewart’s newest release is CONNECTIONS – Mind the Gap.

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

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

House doors open at 6:30pm

Price: $20

Satchmo in the Studio

April 30, 2018 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

On International Jazz Day 2018, The Louis Armstrong House Museum and the Museum of the City of New York are teaming up for the first public screening of the only known film of Louis Armstrong in the studio, recording his 1959 album, Satchmo Plays King Oliver. The acquisition of the film made headlines in 2015 but it has never been shown publicly until now. Armstrong scholar Ricky Riccardi will provide commentary on the film before a special live performance by David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band.

About the Speaker and Performers:
Ricky Riccardi is the Director of Research Collections for the Louis Armstrong House Museum and author of What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years (Vintage, 2012). He runs the online blog, “The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong,” and has given lectures on Armstrong at venues around the world.

David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band has been performing since 1980, inspired by the noble jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, and their colleagues.  They have a weekly engagement at New York City’s Birdland and have performed at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer’s Night Swing and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Cost: $20 for adults; $15 for seniors, students & educators (with ID); $10 for Museum members. Includes Museum admission.

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets
New York NY 10029

More Info: http://mcny.org/event/satchmo-studio


Uptown Nights: The Return of Two Dick Willie

April 28, 2018 | 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Danny Simmons with Vernon Reid, Ursula Rucker, and Special Guests.

Danny Simmons debuts his latest volume of poetry and artwork The Return of 2 Dick Willie in a unique evening of music, poetry and visual art. He is joined by legendary guitarist, Vernon Reid and poet, Ursula Rucker along with special guest musicians and spoken word artists. Writer and activist, Asha Bandele hosts.

“Equally ferocious and genius with his sensually lush artwork, Danny Simmons is a consummate poet and his alter ego is here to check our egos, kickin’ brand new flava in our mind’s ear while loving us with our foibles, boils, blemishes, crusty eyelashes, contradictions, and all.” Author, Tony Medina.

Cost: $20

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

More Info: https://www.harlemstage.org/events-list/2018/2/7/harlem-stride-jazz-nowthe-shed-dk8ly

Harlem Jazz Series – Curtis Nowosad

April 24, 2 018 – 12pm

Curtis Nowosad is a New York-based drummer, composer and bandleader. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Nowosad has distinguished himself touring coast-to-coast and playing at clubs such as the Jazz Standard, Dizzy’s and Smalls with his quintet. He has performed in the bands of world-class musicians Marc Cary, Philip Harper, Craig Harris and Braxton Cook, among others and has performed at every major jazz festival in Canada and several in the US; his co-led group CNOTE holds a weekly residency at the legendary Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem. He has performed with three NEA Jazz Masters, Candido Camero, Dave Liebman and Jimmy Owens, and in 2013 he recorded with a fourth, pianist Kenny Barron.

1st Set: 12 Noon – 12:45pm (15 min break) 2nd Set: 1:00pm – 1:45pm Doors open at 11:30am

Cost: $15

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

More Info: www.harlemjazzboxx.com


Things To Do While You Are In Harlem

Harlem, a diverse neighborhood located in Upper Manhattan is definitely a place to visit in New York City, which should not be missed. With a rich, diverse heritage, Harlem offers great diversity in music, food, and art which can be seen and felt throughout each of their three unique neighborhoods. Its rich culture has earned nicknames such as “Heaven” and “Black Mecca.”  Harlem has a substantial amount of nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century architecture buildings, marvelous parks, world-class museums, and limitless entertainment.

The legacy of Harlem’s past is well-preserved and is an integral part of its culture. Welcome to Harlem’s walking tours, and their Harlem Jazz Series has much to offer and are a perfect way to enjoy Harlem and its rich heritage which will leave you with a very memorable experience.

Here is a list of some ideas for your visit in Harlem:

  1. The Apollo Theater:


The Apollo Theatre located at 253 West 125th Street was built in 1914, as the Hurtig & Seamon’s New Burlesque Theater, which did not allow African-Americans in its audience.  In 1934, the theater was sold to Frank Schiffman & Leo Brecher who renamed the hall the 125th Street Apollo on January 16, 1934, and the rest, as they say, is history.   The Apollo’s Amateur Night remains to this day an event which amateur performers grace the stage every Wednesday night hoping to launch a successful career.  It is the longest-running variety show in the world!  Among the Apollo’s success stories are some of the entertainment industry’s most influential and legendary artists, including jazz singers Ella Fitzgerald (the first female to win amateur at the age of seventeen), Sarah Vaughan, and Billie Holiday; the King of Soul, James Brown; R & B singers Jackie Wilson and Luther Vandross, the Jackson Five and Jimi Hendrix.  No visit is complete without a tour of the Apollo Theater with the famous Billy Mitchell!  The Apollo Theater was designated a New York City Landmark on June 28, 1983, and added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 17, 1983.

  1. Welcome to Harlem Walking Tour’s

 Mount Morris Park Historic District Walking Tour with Lunch:

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The Mount Morris Park Historic District was designated a landmark area in 1971, primarily because of the almost unaltered streetscapes of the late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century brownstones townhouses and houses of worship. Places you will see on this tour – Apollo Theater, Doctor’s Row, Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Marcus Garvey Park, James VenDerZee studio location, The Theresa Hotel, The Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. statue for starters.

Harlem Renaissance Walking Tour with Lunch:


Explore the 135th Street area in Harlem while learning about the Harlem Renaissance.  Places you will see on this tour – The 125th Street area, The National Jazz Museum of Harlem, Astor Row Historic District, Striver’s Row, Abyssinian Baptist Church, 135th Street YMCA and a visit to Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for starters.  The Schomburg is an archive repository for information on people of African descent worldwide.  They always have beautiful exhibits and events going on there.

Harlem Gospel and Brunch Tour:

Every Sunday Harlem churches open their doors to the world so they can experience some of the best gospel music and church services.  Each experience is unique unto itself and a must for everyone.  This tour consists of sightseeing in the 125th street area, Mount Morris Park Historic District, the 116th street area along with a Baptist church service and brunch.  So which Sunday are you coming?

  1. Harlem Jazz tours and Harlem Jazz Series:

Harlem is known for jazz music, and we should all thank the Harlem Hellfighters for introducing the world to this form of music.  It has witnessed the music of some well-known Jazz musicians such as Duke Ellington, Lena Horne, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker and the Gershwin Brothers, Miles Davis and many more. Today in Harlem, you can still hear some of the best jazz that New York City has to offer. The Harlem Jazz Tour is in the evening and consists of sightseeing and a visit to two jazz clubs.  If you prefer to enjoy jazz during the day, you can do the Harlem Jammin’ Jazz Tour which consists of sightseeing and the Harlem Jazz Series.  The Harlem Jazz Series is a live two-hour jazz concert curated by Craig Harris.  It is held every Tuesday afternoon or Friday evening. You decide.

Welcome to Harlem walking tours are one of the best ways to explore and learn about the beautiful, diverse and culturally rich Harlem. So take a tour with a company that is genuinely passionate about where they live and loves Harlem.