Chevalier de Saint Georges of Guadeloupe: Recital and Lecture

January 31, 2019 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Joseph Bologne (1745-1799), better known as Chevalier de Saint-Georges, is a historical figure of Guadeloupean descent who was a virtuoso violinist, conductor, and composer. He is known to have influenced composers Haydn and Mozart. He was also the colonel of the famous “Légion Saint-Georges,” the first all black military regiment in Europe where he fought for equality in the face of France’s Slavery Trade laws. 2019 marks the 220th Anniversary of his death.

Musicians from the Festival International de Musique Saint-Georges, will present a US preview concert and lecture of the music of Saint-Georges under the direction of Marlon Daniel, the festival’s Artistic Director and Music Director and Conductor of Ensemble du Monde.

This program is sponsored by Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board.

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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.

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

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Arturo Schomburg Lecture and Conversation: The Lost Black Scholar

January 24, 2019 6:30pm – 8:30pm

The Lost Black Scholar: Resurrecting Allison Davis in American Social Thought tells the story of Allison Davis, one of America’s first black anthropologists and the first tenured African American professor at a predominantly white university. Davis’s groundbreaking investigations into inequality, Jim Crow America, and cultural biases of intelligence testing had lasting effects on public policy, including contributions to Brown v. Board of Education, the federal Head Start program, and school testing practices.

Join us for our annual Arturo Schomburg Lecture as Davis’s son, Gordon Davis, author David A. Varel, and Schomburg Director Kevin Young discuss how black scholars like Davis laid the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement by advancing American social thought.

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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.

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

Carnegie Hall Citywide: Lorraine Klaasen

January 29, 2019 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Please note that this event, originally scheduled to take place on Monday, February 18, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 29.

Lorraine Klaasen is South African music royalty. The daughter of renowned jazz singer Thandi Klaasen, she honors the vibrant musical traditions that were born in the townships: the poor, racially segregated urban areas of South Africa’s apartheid era. Influenced by such South African legends as Miriam Makeba—the inspiration for her 2013 JUNO Award–winning tribute album—Klaasen makes the music her own with her impassioned singing and dynamic stage presence.

Cost: Free Event. RSVP required: schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com 

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

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Crusader: Martin Luther King Jr. – Exhibition Opening Reception

January 15, 2019 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Join us for the official opening of Crusader: Martin Luther King Jr. in the Latimer/Edison Gallery.

Crusader: Martin Luther King Jr. is a Schomburg Center Capsule Exhibition of archival photography from the Photographs & Prints Division. The exhibition presents an intimate photo travelogue of King’s pilgrimage to India, Nobel Peace Prize acceptance in Oslo, Norway, and his work as a non-violent crusader for civil rights captured by select photographers of the day. Crusader Without Violence by Dr. L. D. Reddick is the first biography about Martin Luther King, Jr. published in 1959. This exhibition coincides 60th anniversary of its publication.

Photo: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division, The New York Public Library. “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife Coretta being greeted by Rev. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. (left) and labor leader A. Philip Randolph (right) at the Pan American World Airways terminal, in New York City” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1950 – 1959.

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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.

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

Between the Lines: Crusader Without Violence with Dr. Derryn Moten

January 15, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Lawrence Dunbar Reddick was an African American scholar, historian, and activist, and was named the second curator of the Schomburg Collection of Negro Literature after Arturo Schomburg’s death in 1939. In 1959, Reddick wrote Crusader without Violence: A Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr., the first profile of the young leader before his rise to global prominence as a civil rights icon.

Join us as we celebrate the 60th Anniversary Edition of Crusader without Violence as it returns to circulation with new biographical details on Reddick, and a special introduction by Dr. Derryn Moten, professor of history and department chair at Alabama State University.

This program coincides with the official opening of Crusader: Martin Luther King Jr. in the Latimer Edison Gallery.

FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED
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.

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

Apollo Uptown Hall Unsung Champions of Civil Rights From MLK to Today

January 20, 2019 – 3:00pm

The Apollo Theater and WNYC are partnering for the sixth year to present WNYC’s 13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration, Unsung Champions of Civil Rights from MLK to Today as part of the Apollo’s Uptown series. WNYC’s Peabody Award-winning host Brian Lehrer and Jami Floyd, local host of All Things Considered, will moderate meaningful conversations examining Dr. King’s legacy and its impact on modern social justice movements.

Through a lively mix of one-on-one intervivews and panels featuring notable guests, we will commemorate the legacy of Dr. King. Unsung Champions of Civil Rights from MLK to Today will also place special emphasis on some of the lesser-known names who, nevertheless, were crucial in making both the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and today’s social issue movements successful. The “unsung will include women, members of the LGBTQ community and others who didn’t receive warranted, timely, or lasting recognition.

Apollo Uptown Halls are free and open to the public, but tickets are required for entry. Seating is first come, first served.

Free Tickets Available Soon!

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Location
Apollo Theater
253 West 125th Street
New York NY 10027 US

 

Carnegie Hall Citywide: Deva Mahal

December 1, 2018 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm

A rare combination of masterful songwriting and breathtaking vocal talent, Deva Mahal steps into the spotlight on her debut, Run Deep, an album of pulse-pounding soul with a decidedly modern edge. Taking inspiration from the idea of strength through vulnerability, Mahal connects with her audience with raw honesty, rich musicality, and emotionally searing songs of love and loss, and the power of the human spirit to overcome.

Cost: FREE

Brooklyn Museum

200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn NY 11238-6052

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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 http://www.jamilsnasser.com to ensure delivery of your book at event. Limited copies will be available for sale on-site. Media contact Amir Nasser, verticalvisionsmedia@gmail.com. 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 verticalvisionsmedia@gmail.com. 

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

More Info: www.jamilsnasser.com

 

First Annual Halloween – CCNY Scarefest 2018

October 31, 2018 | 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Join us for a guided tour through the secret tunnels of City College’s creepy Gothic buildings and see our spooky gargoyles.

Tour begins at the NAC Building, Lobby at 160 Convent Avenue at West 138th Street. Groups of 10 will embark on a spooky 10-minute journey with candy treats for all.

Cost: FREE and open to all

City College of New York
160 Convent Avenue at West 138th Street
New York NY 10031

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Carnegie Hall Citywide: Ensemble Connect

November 6, 2018 | 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Ensemble Connect is a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. This two-year fellowship program prepares the finest young professional classical musicians for careers that combine musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Ensemble Connect offers top-quality performance opportunities, intensive professional development, and the opportunity to partner with a New York City public school throughout the fellowship.

Ensemble Connect: ·· Wilden Dannenberg, French Horn; Thea Humphries, French Horn; Christopher Goodpasture, Piano; Gergana Haralampieva, Violin; Brian Hong, Violin; Jennifer Liu, Violin; Suliman Tekalli, Violin; Caeli Smith, Viola; Meagan Turner, Viola; Ari Evan, Cello; Arlen Hlusko, Cello; and Ha Young Jung, Double Bass

Cost: FREE; RSVP required

The Julliard School – Paul Hall
155 West 56th Street
New York NY 10023

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