Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington 1889-1974 (video)

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Duke Ellington, Cotton Club, 1930’s

Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist and bandleader of jazz orchestras. He led his orchestra from 1923 until his death, his career spanning over 50 years. Continue Reading →

The Harlem Riot Of 1964

800px-Demonstrators-Harlem-1964On Thursday, July 16, 1964, James Powell was shot and killed by police Lieutenant Thomas Gilligan. The second bullet of three fired by Lieutenant Gilligan killed the 15-year-old African American in front of his friends and about a dozen other witnesses. Continue Reading →

The Sugar Hill Development is Not Sweet, Or Is It?

lead_large“Why’re you taking a picture of the building? It’s fucking ugly.” With those words, a construction worker greeted the writer Mark Byrnes at City Lab last Thursday as he approached the entrance to David Adjaye’s Sugar Hill development, on the site of a former brownfield on West 155th and Saint Nicholas Avenue in West Harlem. Continue Reading →

‘Women Of Sugar Hill’ With Marjorie Eliot And Andrea Arroyo in Harlem

arroyo and margaretteThis is a special Live Music & Art with Harlem Jazz legend Marjorie Eliot and Visual Artist Andrea Arroyo, in conjunction with the exhibition “The Women of Sugar Hill.”

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Cam’ron, JuJu And A$AP Mob Rep Harlem In GQ

harlem shcuffle in gq magazineHarlem takes center stage in GQ’s latest issue. In “Harlem Reshuffled” the magazine sheds light on some of the borough’s shining stars in hip-hop and pop culture including A$AP Mob and Cam’ron. Continue Reading →

Introducing Jazz Night at Fairway Market Cafe in Harlem

image003Come enjoy great food and music at Jazz Night at the Fairway Market Café (2127 Broadway) every Wednesday and Saturday from 7 to 9pm starting Wednesday, June 18th. Continue Reading →

Black Stars of The Great White Way At Carnegie Hall

Chapman_Roberts_Norm_Lewis_&_Andre_DeSheildsBy Claude Jay

On Monday, June 23, at 8:00 PM, Chapman Roberts (Choral Director/arranger-Five Guys Name Moe and Smokey Joe’s Café) and Norm Lewis (Phantom, Phantom of the Opera and the TV series, Scandal), will realize their vision to pay tribute to the contributions and influence of African American men on Broadway and at Carnegie Hall for the past 100 years. Continue Reading →

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Swings Uptown In Harlem

Lincoln_Center_Jazz_OrchestraOn Saturday, June 14, Jazz at Lincoln Center will partner with The Harlem Children’s Zone to present Uptown Family Swing, a free community concert featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Mr. Aubrey’s Show Kids. Continue Reading →

Jazz at Lincoln Center Team With Harlem Children’s Zone

Geoffrey CanadaOn June 14 at 5:00pm, Jazz at Lincoln Center will partner with Geoffrey Canada’s The Harlem Children’s Zone to present Uptown Family Swing, a free community concert featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Mr. Aubrey’s Show Kids. Continue Reading →