Marian McPartland, Marylou Williams And Thelonius Monk At ‘A Great Day In Harlem’ Shoot

McPartland with Marylou Williams and Thelonius Monk a detail of the famous photograph of jazz musiciA great behind-the-scenes photograph of Marian McPartland, Marylou Williams and Thelonius Monk on 125th Street in August, 1958 in central 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 →

Henry “Taj Mahal” Saint Clair Fredericks, Harlem

Henry Saint Clair Fredericks (born May 17, 1942), who uses the stage name Taj Mahal, is an American Grammy Award winning blues musician. Continue Reading →

Thelonious Monk, Howard McGhee, Roy Eldridge, and Teddy Hill, Minton’s Playhouse In Harlem

Portrait of Thelonious Monk, Howard McGhee, Roy Eldridge, and Teddy Hill (far left is Melba Moore’s father who managed Mintons Playhouse for many years), in front of Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1947.

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Minton’s closes, Great Night in Harlem

Minton’s Playhouse, the former jazz musicians’ mecca and a joy to any fan, was shut down last Wednesday. Continue Reading →