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Sweet Spot Festival Jamaican Indepen-DANCE!

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Ring The Alarm!!! Your favorite sound is playin!!

Celebrate all things Caribbean at The Sweet Spot Festival

SATURDAY,  AUGUST 2nd

Pack your picnic blanket, cooler & solo cups & join us for Jamaican Indepen-DANCE

Featuring music by resident Herbert Holler & NYC Champion Sound RICE &PEAS: DJ Gravy, Max Glazer, Orijahnal Vibez & Micro Don

The Sweet Spot Pop-Up Market returns with an array of food, vintage and craft vendors.

Performance by Nardo Ranks
Free Dance Hall Moves session by Tanisha Scott
Plus Free kids art workshops by The Laundromat Project

This celebration of life is made possible by LMCC, & Presented by Summer on the Hudson in partnership with NYC Parks and Riverside Park Conservancy #SOH #SweetSpotFestival #WHPP

The Great Maya Angelou Has Passed On

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Maya Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Wednesday, said her literary agent, Helen Brann.

The 86-year-old was a novelist, actress, professor, singer, dancer and activist.  In 2010, President Barack Obama named her the recipient of the Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.

One of Angelou’s most praised books was “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”
(read more) Legendary author Maya Angelou dies at age 86

*Fellow Harlemite and friend Norman, writes on his Facebook “There are people that you think will live forever and #mayaangelou is one of them.”

*Another Anne B. writes “I loved her books so much.  I remember first reading them in the 1970s.  She was a favorite of mine and she meant so much to me.”

Sweet Spot Festival Sunday, May 25th at the West Harlem Pier!

Sweet Spot Festival is back!  Sunday, May 25th this holiday weekend there is something for everyone check out the vendors and great music line-up on the photo below.  You can also see more on there website as well as upcoming events sweetspotfestival.com

West Harlem Pier is located at 125th Street and West Side, just opposite of the Fairway.   Be sure to stop by and check it out this Sunday from 2-9pm.  See you there!

DANCE!  MUSIC!  SHOP!  RELAX!

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Sunday Jazz Corner with Danny Mixon (Harlem)

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Daniel Asbury Mixon from Harlem, New York City is an American jazz Pianist.
Currently you can hear him at the newly revised and highly sought upon Jazz Supper Club Minton’s in Harlem.
A prolific piano virtuoso who has performed in the U. S. and Internationally, Daniel Asbury Mixon was born on August 19, 1949 in Harlem and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up in a musical household he was influenced by his mother and grandparents beginning his early artistic expression at the age of 3. He studied and performed as a tap dancer at the Ruth Williams Dance Studio and even then was known as “The Show Stopper.” Danny attended the High School of Performing Arts with dance as his major.

During an afternoon outing at the Apollo Theatre with his grandfather Danny was inspired by the jazz musicians he heard. It was then that he decided that he would like to be a pianist and he never once looked back.

In May of 2004 Danny was one of the first musicians to be honored by the National Jazz Museum in Harlem in a series entitled “Harlem Speaks,” which resulted in an invitation to the White House for Black Music Month on June 22nd.

Danny’s greatest joy is performing, composing, and arranging for his own group “The Danny Mixon Trio or Quartet,” Danny is currently the Musical Director at Minton’s.

This kind of talent doesn’t grow on trees.  Danny Mixon and all of the jazz musicians at Minton’s are what makes Harlem so great.  If you have not yet visited Minton’s Supper Club in Harlem, and you are a lover of good food and REAL JAZZ, we highly recommend it.   See our previous write up on Minton’s Supper Club, Harlem’s Opening Night at Minton’s

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Minton’s Harlem

The Danny Mixon Trio Live at Showman’s Jazz Organ Club