Harlem’s Ray Chew Talks Grant Houses, Apollo, Melba Moore And More

ray-chewKeyboardist and orchestral arranger Ray Chew has been a key figure on some of television’s most watched shows, serving as music director and/or composer on “Showtime at the Apollo,” “American Idol,” “Dancing With The Stars” and ABC’s newest singing competition series, “Rising Star.” Continue Reading →

Seitu’s World: Saluting Jazz and Gospel At The Apollo Theater

seitu1Seitu Oronde was on the road again covering the Greater Harlem of Chamber of Commerce mega Concert Saluting Jazz and Gospel Tonight at the Apollo Theater. Continue Reading →

“Just a Friend,” Biz Markie And Friends At The Apollo, 1990 (video)

biz markie and heavy d at the apollotheater in 1990Although he appeared at the bi-coastal pay-per-view concert Rapmania that same year (wearing a Simpsons t-shirt and being introduced by Marley Marl, no less). Continue Reading →

Does This Bus Stop at 125h Street? #3 & #4

By Richard Daub

This is part three and four in a six part series.

Photo of the tour guide.

I was also curious about what the outside perception of Harlem. Having grown up on Long Island in the 1980s, Harlem was simply a place that you did not go. Continue Reading →