[Dixielandjazz] The Jazz Museum in Harlem

Steve barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Tue Nov 9 13:34:49 PST 2004

For the adventurous historians who might be in NYC and want to get a feel
for what jazz is/was like in Harlem. The museum is a little known treasure
and includes some OKOM information about a largely overlooked sector.

Steve Barbone

November 9, 2004

The Jazz Museum in Harlem
104 East 126th Street
New York, NY 10035
Harlem Speaks Jazz Series Salutes Robert O'Meally (November 11)

New York, NY (October 29, 2004) Harlem Speaks, The Jazz Museum in Harlem's
successful series honoring those who keep jazz alive in Harlem, resumes on
Thursday, November 11, 2004 with a talk featuring literature professor and
the director of Columbia University's Center for Jazz Studies, Robert
O¹Meally. He¹s author and editor of several books about jazz, including Lady
Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday, The Jazz Cadence of American Culture,
and most recently, Uptown Conversation: New Jazz Studies.

Professor O'Meally will discuss his life-long love of jazz and Harlem; his
scholarship on Ralph Ellison, one of the best writers on jazz of the last
century; the Center's recent symposium on the artist Romare Bearden, in
collaboration with the Whitney Museum, and more.

The very next Thursday (November 18) finds pianist and impresario Marjorie
Eliot in dialogue with Executive Director Loren Schoenberg about her weekly
Sugar Hill soirees at 555 Edgecombe Avenue, a legendary residence where band
leader Andy Kirk and Ellington alto giant Johnny Hodges lived in decades
past. Ms. Elliot, an accomplished actress, began the free series in 1995;
every August she coordinates a jazz concert in front of the landmark Morris
Jumel mansion.

Singer-guitarist Allan Harris is acclaimed as one of the top male jazz
vocalists on the scene today. A Harlem resident of many years, he¹ll share
tales of his life and career on December 2nd. Winner of the 2004 New York
Nightlife award for "Outstanding Male Jazz Vocalist," Harris has the
privilege of being known as Tony Bennett's "favorite new singer."

Grammy-nominated percussionist, composer and arranger Bobby Sanabria closes
out the Jazz Museum in Harlem 2004 season on December 16th. He's graced the
stage with luminaries such as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Charles
McPherson, and Paquito D'Rivera, and was a key member of the Mario Bauza
Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra's soundtrack of the film, The Mambo Kings.
Sanabria has entitled his evening's discussion, "East Harlem, birthplace of
Afro-Cuban Jazz." 

The series, co-produced by the Jazz Museum in Harlem and Greg Thomas
Associates, will be held at the offices of the Jazz Museum in Harlem,
located at 104 East 126th Street, between Park and Lexington Avenues, from
6:30pm-8:00pm on November 11, 2004, continues the following week, and
resumes its bi-weekly schedule on December 2nd and 16th.

The series is free to the public. Please call for reservations:

Loren Schoenberg
Executive Director
The Jazz Museum in Harlem
104 E.126th Street
New York, N.Y. 10035
212.348.8300 p
212.348.5030 f

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