The Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival starts its run in May 2014. The Harlem Jazz Shrines project is a Harlem-wide jazz festival presented in collaboration with Harlem Stage, Jazzmobile, and Columbia University. The Festival celebrates the rich legacy of jazz in the uptown community, bringing both established and emerging artists to famed Harlem venues. In addition to concerts at still existing jazz shrines, such as the Apollo, Showman’s, Lenox Lounge and Minton’s Playhouse, events also take place at Harlem Stage Gatehouse, Columbia University, and a variety of locations throughout the Harlem area. The Festival is designed to draw a diverse audience of neighborhood residents, New Yorkers, and tourists. The availability of $10 tickets provides access to everyone and allows people the option of attending several events each day, continuing the tradition of non-stop jazz throughout Harlem.
Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
May 10, 2014 at 8pm
The 80th anniversary of the Apollo Theater coincides with the 65th anniversary of the “Afro Cuban Jazz Suite” the centerpiece of the Afro Cuban Jazz repertoire, composed by Chico O’Farrill, featuring Machito and his Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Charlie Parker, Flip Phillips, and Buddy Rich.
To celebrate the anniversary of both milestones and of the continuing role that the Apollo Theater plays in the development of Latin Jazz, the Apollo Theater will commission and present Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra in the world premiere of Arturo O’Farrill’s “Afro Latin Jazz Suite” a recasting of his father, Chico O’Farrill’s, masterpiece “The Afro Cuban Jazz Suite.” Arturo’s “Afro Latin Jazz Suite” will be a re-imagination of the historic work and will borrow musical textures from Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela, as well as Cuba, Puerto Rico, and other Pan American and international sources. Additionally, the evening will include a new work by Arturo O’Farrill in honor of Randy Weston and additional work from the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra repertoire. With special guests Café, Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón, Rudresh Mahanthappa, and Randy Weston with Billy Harper and Lewis Nash. The evening will serve as the CD release event for Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra’s latest recording, The Offense of the Drum (Motéma Music: May 6, 2014).
Showman’s Jazz Club In collaboration with the Apollo Theater May 6-10, 2014
The Apollo Theater will also collaborate with Showman’s Jazz Club to present a week of special performances during the Harlem Jazz Shrines festival. Full schedule of Showman’s events will be announced at a later date.