Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Slavic Soul Party!

June 21, 2018 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Blazing Balkan brass, gutbucket funk, Gypsy accordion, and a big bass drum: This just scratches the surface of what Slavic Soul Party! brings to every performance. Inspired by its members’ Eastern European, Mexican, and Asian roots, it stirs up a tasty mix of gospel, dub, jazz, and Latin music. Global Rhythm says Slavic Soul Party! delivers “some of the most danceable Balkan-flavored pop this side of the Adriatic.” A Neighborhood Concert favorite, Slavic Soul Party! returns to the series to turn up the heat.

Cost: Free

Tompkins Square Park
144 Avenue A
New York NY 10009

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James Stewart Quartet – Harlem Jazz Series

June 12, 2018 – 12pm

James Stewart was born in Trenton, New Jersey and began playing the clarinet and alto saxophone in middle school, adding the tenor saxophone and flute in his high school years under the direction of the late Thomas Gryce (brother of George General or GiGi Gryce.) James earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from New Jersey City University in 1980, and over the years has performed with Sam Rivers, Abdullah Ibrahim, Frank Foster, Randy Weston, Muhal Richard Abrams, David Murray, Danny Mixon, Oliver Lake, Gloria Gaynor, The Lionel Hampton Big Band, The Temptations, and the Sun Ra Arkestra. James has recorded with the Sun Ra Arkestra, Oliver Lake, an NPR broadcast with Randy Weston, and Danny Mixon. James recently retired from teaching for the New Jersey Department of Corrections.


James Stewart – sax/flute
Noriko Kamo – piano
Beldon Bullock – bass
George Gray – drums

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

House doors open at 11:30am

Price: $15

Jazzmobile – Solomon Hicks – “Blues Night”

Solomon_Hicks_-_Blues_NightAugust 18, 2017 7:00pm – 8:15pm

Solomon Hicks has been called “Lil” B.B. King, East Montgomery and King Solomon by his fans from NYC, nationally and internationally.

He is the real deal…the next best thing out of New York City. Solomon has been in the biz since age 13 as the lead guitarist and performer at the Cotton Club, with a 13-piece band. He recorded his first CD, Embryonic, at age 14 with the Cotton Club All-Star Band.

Solomon is also at B.B. King’s, Minton’s Playhouse, Terra Blues (in the Village), The Garage, Red Rooster, Shanghai Jazz (in New Jersey), Jazzmobile (Jazz Shrines), Settepani, Iridium, Gran Piatro (Jazz on the 5th), Ginny’s Supper Club, Harlem Arts Alliance events and many other clubs in the Tri-State Area.

Solomon teaches music theory, beginner guitar, and advanced guitar. He has taught music to children at the Children’s Aid Society.

Cost: FREE

Marcus Garvey Park – 18 Mount Morris Park West – enter park at 124th St and Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10027 US

Jazz in the Valley – 17th Annual Celebration of America’s Music – August 20, 2017


Delfeayo Marsalis, Cyrus Chestnut, Javon Jackson, Jimmy Cobb and David Williams; Elio Villafranca and the Jass Syncopators; Neil Clarke and the Mongo Santamaria Centennial Project; Jeff “Siege” Siegel Setext; and the Christopher Dean Sullivan Ensemble.


Join us on our own Metro North train car that departs from Grand Central at 9:43 am; and from 125th Street and Park Avenue at 9:54 am, and will leave us just steps from the venue.  100 people using the train guarantees our own private car and that’s the goal!!!

Cost of the trip is $65 and includes transportation and entry to the festival.

Make your payment by pay pal to

The festival is held rain or shine since there is a pavilion covering the main stage.  Food can be purchased in the park, and there are also vendors at

Join us and express yourself in the style and fashion of the seventies.  Whether as a Black Panther, Disco King or Queen, Black Nationalist or Harry the Hippie or that Hippie Chick.  The seventies offered a wide variety of styles.  Break out that apple jack and join in the fun.

Please share this information with your family and friends and on your social networks.  Remember 100 people, and we have our own private car.

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Jazzmobile – Brianna Thomas

July 28, 2017 7:00pm – 8:15pm

“Brianna Thomas may well be the best young straight-ahead jazz singer of her generation.”  Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal. Brianna’s singing is deeply enriched by an understanding of the masterful voices of jazz past. Beyond a healthy serving of sass, Sarah Vaughn’s influence contributes to Brianna’s style the artistic savvy needed to communicate myriad moods and feelings as well as a keen instrumental perspective. Add to that a coyness reminiscent of Nancy Wilson, an Ella-esque skill and enthusiasm for scatting, and the stylistic breadth and vocal grandeur evocative of Dianne Reeves. Perhaps Brianna’s greatest asset is the soulfulness of her sound. Captivatingly unique, her sound moves in tones ranging from sweet invitations to assured convictions, establishing a personal and classic quality that leaves listeners swooning after her performances.

Brianna has blazed a path in the world of jazz and continues a stellar ascent. With dedication, hard work, and a sparkling personality, Brianna is sure to become one of jazz’s most prominent voices. The words of legendary trombonist Curtis Fuller best illustrate Brianna Thomas’ abilities, hailing her as a “marvelous new artist who has all it takes to reach the top of the jazz profession and music in general.” “Ms. Thomas has a strong voice and a big range descended from Sarah Vaughan and Betty Carter and routed through Dianne Reeves, with clarity and confidence and a little dirt.”
– Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

Cost: FREE

Marcus Garvey Park

18 Mount Morris Park West – enter park at 124th St and Fifth Avenue
New York NY 10027 US

Jazzmobile – Antoine Roney

July 26, 2017 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Along with being a world-renowned accomplished tenor and soprano saxophonist and clarinetist, Antoine Roney is the composer of 30 works for film and festivals from Turkey, Israel, Europe, West Africa and Asia. He has played with and has studied under the tutelage of many of the great Jazz musicians of our time such as Jackie McLean, Wallace Roney, Wayne Shorter, Pharaoh Saunders, Clifford Jordan, Herman “Jr.” Cook, George Coleman, Ornette Coleman and many others. His career spans over three and a half decades. He was [more recently] the composer for “Bringing in da Spirit,” a twelve-time, award-winning documentary on African-American midwifery. Antoine has worked with jazz greats such as Donald Byrd, Jackie McLean, Clifford Jordan, Ted Curson, John Patton, Rashied Ali, Arthur Taylor, Jesse Davis, Ravi Coltrane, Michael Carvin, Wallace Roney, Cindy Blackman, Freddie Hubbard, Geri Allen, Chick Corea and Elvin Jones and has released 5 recordings as a leader. He is currently a member of “The Electric Miles Band” Co-led by Miles Davis lum Vince Wilburn, Jr., Darrell Jones, and Babe Irving III. He has also worked with Will Calhoun (Living Color) on the “Elvin Jones Project” and works and tours with duo, trio, and quartet projects of his own. Some of his recent projects include working with guitarist, William “Spaceman” Patterson; organist, Greg Lewis; and his prodigy son, Kojo Roney. Says Roney, “the collaboration with these guys is very creative and explosive! With many different elements of music!!”

Cost: FREE

Grant’s Tomb – General Grant National Memorial
Riverside Drive and 122nd Street
New York NY 10027 US

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Acquires Jazz Legend Sonny Rollins’ Personal Archive

Sonny Rollins - Archive at the Schomburg Center

Big announcement today! The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, at the New York Public Library, announced the acquisition of jazz legend Sonny Rollins’ personal archive. The archives will be housed at The Schomburg, just two blocks away from where Rollins was born on 137th Street in 1930.

The acquisition will include personal papers, diaries, notes and drawings; Recordings of practice sessions, as well as recording takes from as early as the 1960s; Photos from his life on the road, with fellow musicians; and personal correspondence between Rollins and his wife and manager, Lucille Pearson.

The Sonny Rollins archive will be processed over this next year at the NYPL’s Library Services Center in Long Island City, and will be made available for research at the Schomburg Center when the project is concluded.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

515 Malcolm X Boulevard

New York, NY 10037



Count Meets the Duke

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Friday, May 19, 2017 | 8:00pm – 9:30pm

Wynton Marsalis, Vincent Gardner, and Rodney Whitaker – all current or former members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra – join a group of handpicked young artists to perform the music of Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Kansas City’s Count Basie Orchestra remains a standard-setting example of a hard-swinging big band, with iconic soloists, infectious tunes, and the eternally envied “All-American Rhythm Section” of Jo Jones, Freddie Green, and Walter Page. Duke Ellington, too, was an extraordinary bandleader, as well as a genius composer of incalculable influence. Throughout its incredible variety, Ellington’s music has a timeless quality and unmatched ability to uplift and enlighten, offering an ideal showcase a big band’s nuance and cohesion. The rising stars in tonight’s band are in early stages of what will surely be exciting musical careers, and each has earned a spot on stage through deep dedication. When the Count meets the Duke, it will be an inspiring multigenerational exploration of the jazz canon’s core. Free pre-concert discussion nightly, 7pm.

Cost: $50.50 to $140.50

Jazz at Lincoln Center – Rose Theater

33 West 60th Street, Floor 11

New York, NY 10023

Location Tel No: 212-721-6500

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Onaje Allan Gumbs Trio Plus in Truth To Power

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April 28, 2017 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Onaje Allan Gumbs Trio Plus in Truth To Power with special guest artists, Abiodun Oyewele (of The Last Poets) and Mem Nahadr, poet, vocalist and musician.

Harlem born pianist, Onaje Allan Gumbs started playing piano at the early age of 7. In his professional career Onaje spent 2 years as as pianist,composer and arranger in the band led by the great trumpeter Woody Shaw. As a producer/arranger/pianist Onaje has worked with Bill Cobham, Kevin Eubanks,Will Downing, Gwen Guthrie, Angela Bofill, Cassandra Wilson and Phyllis Hyman to name a few as well as many others artist and musicians in Jazz and R&B music.
Onaje Allan Gumbs was also nominated for a NAACP Image Award.

Also featuring:

Vince Ector, Drums
Marcus McLaurine, Bass
Gary Fritz, Percussions
V. Jeffery Smith, Sax & Guitar
Tulivu-Donna Cumberbatch, vocalist
LaQuantumLeap, Poet

Aaron Davis Hall

138 Convent Avenue at 137th Street

New York, NY 10031

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Carnegie Hall presents a Neighborhood Concert: Cécile McLorin Salvant with Sullivan Fortner


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Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Vocalist, Cécile McLorin Salvant and pianist Sullivan Fortner team up for an evening of swinging song. Salvant is the winner of the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album, and has been called “the finest jazz singer to emerge in the last decade” (The New York Times). New Orleans–born Fortner has made his mark studying and performing with The Marsalis Family, Donald Harrison, Roy Hargrove, and David Liebman, among other jazz luminaries.

Performers: Cécile McLorin Salvant with Sullivan Fortner

Cost: Free

Contact: Carnegie Hall
Phone: 212-903-9600

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