Dining With Miss Lil Restaurant Review: The Cecil is Happening

miss lil1By Lil Nickelson

The Cecil, located at 206 W. 118th Street is on the Southeast corner of St. Nicholas Avenue, and is the 2nd restaurant on the block that is owned and operated by Harlem Jazz Enterprises LLC.  Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Alexander Smalls Joins Advisory Board At Union Theological Seminary

Alexander SmallsUnion Theological Seminary announces that Harlem culinary legend Alexander Smalls has joined the Board of Advisors of the Union Food Lab, a recently created food incubator and culinary training institute in Harlem. Continue Reading →

Dining With Miss Lil: Minton’s Playhouse is a Must

Wide_Shot_of_Mintons_Dining_RoomThe last time I was in Minton’s Playhouse was in May 2012.  With the permission of the owner of the space New York businessman Richard Parsons, Jazzmobile, Inc. hosted jazz music here as part of their contribution to the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival 2012. Continue Reading →

Souleo: After deaths, Dianne Reeves Finds A Beautiful Life

Dianne Reeves_Credit_Jerris MadisonOn the surface the title of Dianne Reeves’ new album, Beautiful Life seems straightforward enough, but it holds a deeper significance for the singer after experiencing two major deaths. Continue Reading →

‘Mornin’ Fast Train From Memphis to Harlem,’ Miles Davis (video)

Miles Davis playing in Miles mode. Not sure of the Memphis to Harlem connection in the song, but we know he played in Harlem’s Mintons, Lenox Lounge and he was married to actress and Harlemite Cicely Tyson in the early 1980′s. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s New Minton’s Playhouse, The Supper Club

mintons1Businessman and ex-Time Warner boss Richard Parsons has reopened on 118th Street’s historic jazz club, Minton’s Playhouse, on Monday, October 21, 2013. Continue Reading →

New Amsterdam Musical Association And James Reese Europe In Harlem

The New Amsterdam Musical Association, (NAMA) is the oldest African-American musical organization in the United States. Continue Reading →