Harlem Jazz Series – Steve Swell

November 2, 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Steve Swell has been an active member of the NYC music community since 1975. He has toured and recorded with many artists from mainstreamers such as Lionel Hampton and Buddy Rich to so called outsiders as Anthony Braxton, Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor and William Parker. With over 40 CDs as a leader or co-leader, Steve is a featured artist on more than 100 other releases. He runs workshops around the world and is a teaching artist in the NYC public school system focusing on special needs children. Steve was nominated for Trombonist of the Year in 2008 & 2011 by the Jazz Journalists Association, selected Trombonist of the Year 2008 – 2010, 2012 and 2014 by the magazine El Intruso of Argentina, received the 2008 Jubilation Foundation Fellowship Award and selected by the Downbeat Critics Poll in the Trombone category from 2010 – 2014. Steve is a teaching artist through the American Composers Orchestra, Healing Arts Initiative, Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center, and the Jazz Foundation of America.

Featuring: Steve Swell – trombone

First set: 7pm – 7:45pm; 15 min break; Second set: 8pm – 8:45pm

Cost: $20

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

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TITOs – Tito Rojas, Tito Nieves & Tito Allen

October 20, 2018 | 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Ollie Entertainment Production presents TITO ROJAS, TITO NIEVES and TITO ALLEN. A Titazo Limpio.

Cost: VIP – $125, Orchestra – $85, Mezzanine/Balcony – $65, Rear Balcony – $50

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West
Bronx NY 10468

More Info: https://lehmancenter.org/50-anniversary-of-lehman-college/




Jazzmobile – Summerfest 55 – A Jazzmobile Family Celebration & Special Salute to Denny Farrell Harlem/Havana & Artz, Rootz, Rhythm

August 12, 2018 | 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

JAAMBO was created with all the infusions of African music from mambo to West African and everything in between. Jaambo is a collective of musicians from New York City, Trinidad and beyond with rich, diverse cultural appetites. Come and party with the invigorating sounds of Jaambo. Their mission is to make you dance.

Jaambo has appeared throughout the tri-state area including performances at Grant’s Tomb, St. John the Divine, Showman’s Jazz Club, and Harlem Stage. They have also partnered with The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, Jazzmobile and the Harlem Arts Alliance. They are available for corporate events.

Harlem Renaissance Orchestra

We chose the name Harlem Renaissance Orchestra (HRO) because it is the residence and birthplace of several of our members. The word renaissance means rebirth or revival and our mission is to revive the music of the Big Band Era and to preserve this music in its living form by giving recognition to some of its leading figures: Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Pops Louie Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lucky Millinder, Earl Fatha Hines, Billy Eckstine, Lionel Hampton and many others. The Orchestra’s goal is to re-establish Harlem as the Big Band Mecca of the world.

Over the past two decades, HRO has performed in some of the most prestigious Concert Halls, Jazz Festivals and in many other events. Including Lincoln Center/Mid-Summer Night Swing, Town Hall, The Apollo Theater, Cape May Jazz Festival, JVC Jazz Festival, The Philadelphia Arts Center, The Westchester Jazz Festival, The infamous Copacabana, Great Jazz on the Great Hill presented by Jazz Mobile Inc., Plaza Hotel and the Rainbow Room. We have also appeared in various films and videos including, an HBO Special on the life of Swing Dance innovator Frankie Manning. We did a music special on the Discovery Channel entitled,”Drop Me Off In Harlem,” that was also shown on channel Thirteen PBS(WNET). One of our performances was videotaped on WDR/ARD (Germany) Good Life T.V., and we were filmed by Fuji Television Network Inc. (Japan). HRO has been recognized and featured in a plethors of publications and media for our contributions to the arts. The following is a sample of various media who have commended the HRO: United Nations Jazz Society Publication, the Amsterdam News, New Beginnings Magazine, the NY Daily News, Swing Live Magazine, the NY Times, the New York Press and the Village Voice. HRO is dedicated to keeping the spirit of Big Band Swing Music alive and thriving. Whether in a live performance or educating the next generation of musicians, we will remain a guardian and proponent of a great musical tradition. https://www.reverbnation.com/HRO

Cost: FREE
Riverbank State Park
679 Riverside Drive – enter at 145th Street
New York NY 10031

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Jazzmobile – Summerfest 55 – 32nd Precinct National Night Out – “A Special Tribute to Diz”

August 7, 2018 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm

JAMES DELANO ZOLLAR, trumpeter moved to NYC from Kansas City, MO in 1984 and played with the Cecil McBee Quintet for five years, and recorded with Tom Harrell, Weldon Erving, and Sam Rivers. Zollar was featured in Robert Altman’s “Kansas City”, in Madonna’s music video “My Baby’s Got a Secret”, as well as Malcolm Lee’s “The Best Man”. He played on the soundtrack of “The Perez Family” and is included in The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz (Oxford University Press 1999.) He was a featured soloist with Jon Faddis and Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra as well as Wynton Marsalis and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. He currently plays with The Duke Ellington Orchestra, The Count Basie Orchestra, Don Byron’s Bands, and working with Eddie Palmieri. James released “Zollar Systems” in 2010 and “It’s All Good People” in 2013.

Cost: FREE


Dizzy Gillespie Cove
Across from the 32ND Police Precinct/West 135TH St btwn Adam Clayton Powell Blvd, Jr. and Frederick

Lincoln Center’s Out-of-Doors: Yoruba Remixed! A Sonic Journey Through the Sounds & Vibes of the African Diaspora

August 5, 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Join the Caribbean Cultural Center as they celebrate the legacy of its founder, Marta Moreno Vega with music and dance inspired by West African Yoruba traditions. Dance performances by the Something Positive Dance Company open and close this evening that also features live music from Puerto Rican percussion ensemble Yuba Iré and two celebrated Miami bands—Philbert Armenteros y Los Herederos and PALO! In between, world-renowned DJs keep the vibe going with sets of remixed Yoruba songs.

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

Cost: FREE

Damrosch Park
175 West 62nd Street btwn Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues
New York NY 10023

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Harlem Jazz Series – Ahmed Abdullah’s DIASPORA – Dispersions of the Spirit of Ra

July 27, 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Ahmed Abdullah was born and raised in Harlem. In 2016, he performed in Harlem for the first time with his own band. Ahmed has been leading a band since 1972. Over the years he has worked with or recorded with bands led by Sam Rivers, Sun Ra, Rashied Ali, Ed Blackwell, Billy Bang, Arthur Blythe and Hamiet Bluiett. Ahmed has been involved with notable collective ensembles like The Melodic Art-Tet, The Group and NAM. Abdullah has twelve recordings as a leader and is on at least other 25 recordings with Sun Ra and the Arkestra as well as recordings with the aforementioned artists. Besides playing trumpet, composing, singing, curating and educating, Ahmed is also a writer and has written a thesis that defines the art-form he is concerned with as Jazz: A Music of the Spirit. Ahmed currently teaches a Sun Ra Music and Philosophy course at the New School and is a NYC Department of Education Fellow teaching music to children.

Ahmed Abdullah’s DIASPORA – Dispersions of the Spirit of Ra:  Monique Ngozi Nri – vocalist and poet; Reggie Nicholson – drums; Radu Ben Judah – bass; Donald Smith – piano; Don Chapman – tenor saxophone and Ahmed Abdullah – trumpet

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

Price: $20

Greater Calvary Baptist Church

43-55 West 124th Street btwn Malcolm X Blvd and Fifth Ave
New York NY 10027

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New York State’s “Summer Stage in Harlem”

July and August 2018 – Every Thursday

Live performances every Thursday. See you there!

Cost: FREE

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building

163 West 125th Street
New York, NY
More Info: https://summerstageinharlem.org/


WestsideEATS 2018

June 9 & 10, 2018 | 10:00am – 6:00pm

Get a taste of Hell’s Kitchen! More than 20 local eateries will set up shop on Pier 86 at the Intrepid Museum and offer a sampling of the local fare. Hear live music, participate in fun activities and enjoy the waterfront while eating and drinking al fresco from popular Hell’s Kitchen haunts.
Museum Members receive 10% off food and drinks.Cost: Free public pier entry. Additional cost for food and drinks.

Pier 86/Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
46th Street and 12th Avenue
New York NY 10036

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Summer in the Square

June 14, 2018 to August 9, 2018 |7:00am – 8:30pm

Come out every Thursday this summer for an unforgettable lineup of fitness classes, family-friendly activities + shows, live music + dance performances, and movie nights all in Union Square Park.

KIDS: We’ve got interactive children’s activities + performances from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Bring your family and friends for some summer fun for the whole gang on the park’s South Plaza!

FITNESS: With heart-pumping workouts in the mornings and evenings led by Union Square’s hottest studios + instructors, there’s something for every fitness level on the park’s South + North Plazas.

LIVE PERFORMANCES: With jazz music + dueling performances from lunchtime to early evening, check out all that Union Square has to offer on the park’s South Plaza and in the West Side seating area.

Every week on Thursday between June 14th and August 9th (2018). 

Cost: Free

Union Square Park
East 14th Street to East 17th Street – North Plaza, South Plaza and West Side Waiting Area
New York NY
More Info: https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2018/06/14/summer-in-the-square


SummerStage – Gregory Porter / Victory

June 2, 2018 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm

While the sensational Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, Gregory Porter cut his teeth singing and emulating his idol, Nat King Cole, he has a sound that’s all his own. In the past, he’s been praised by The New York Times for his unique approach to jazz, soul, and gospel. He’s joined by Victory, a once-in-a-generation talent who is a performance mainstay in Central Park, known for her blend of soul and folk that has moved the likes of Jay-Z.

Doors open at 7:00 PM.

Cost: FREE

Central Park – Rumsey Playfield
72nd Street and 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10021