Abbey Lincoln, was an American Jazz vocalist, songwriter, and actress, who wrote and performed her own compositions. Abbey Lincoln (Anna Marie Wooldridge) was born on August 6, 1930 and passed along on August 14, 2010. One of the many singers influenced by Billie Holiday where she often visited the Blue Note jazz club in New York City. Lincoln’s lyrics were often connected to the civil rights movement in America.
During the 1990s and until her death, Abbey fulfilled a 10-album contract with Verve Records. These recordings are highly regarded in the jazz world and represent a crowning achievement in Lincoln’s career.
Listen to Abbey Lincoln on ITUNES.
Here is a wonderful live performance (below) of Abbey Lincoln singing ”Midnight Sun” with the incredibly talented Lionel Hampton. The second video is a beautiful recording of “Throw It Away”, written and performed by Abbey Lincoln. Some may know this to by Esperanza Spalding’s recent cover of Abbey’s “Throw It Away.”
Abbey Lincoln Quartet (Live) – Lionel Hampton/Midnight Sun
Abbey Lincoln – Throw It Away
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Empire City is a new drama sponsored by the Oprah Network. The crew has been filming scenes in Harlem. More filming all over Harlem is planned. The crew was recently spotted filming in the outdoor seating area at Harlem Food Bar. Harlem Food Bar continues to be a magnet for filming of all kinds in the neighborhood.
Omar “O2″ White, the executive producer and CEO / Co-Founder of SoBro-based True Sound Lounge (TSL), was on site. He explained that the show is about 4 individuals from different walks of life who move to Harlem. Below is a video featuring two of the actors discussing their roles on the show.
Omar also mentioned that he is working on a project to develop facilities in the Bronx to support large scale music and film production to support filmmakers focussed on Harlem, upper manhattan the Bronx, etc.
We look forward to seeing more filming in Harlem, and to watching the show when it airs.
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Let’s go back in time to a different era and take a look at old Harlem with the sounds of Jazz vocalist Cab Calloway. Born on December 25, 1907, in Rochester, New York, after a short period in Chicago he moved back to New York and landed a gig performing regularly at Harlem’s famous Cotton Club during the swing era. In 1931 his song “Minnie the Moocher” became a hit and was considered to be one of the first recordings to ever feature scat singing.
Besides Calloway’s musical act, he also appeared on stage and in films. During the 1930s and 1940s, he worked in such films as The Big Broadcast (1932), The Singing Kid (1936), and Stormy Weather(1943). Calloway spent two years in the cast of a revival of the musical Porgy and Bess, beginning in 1952. He also performed in other stage productions over the years and made more film appearances, most notably in the 1979 movie The Blues Brothers. During the film, Calloway put on his trademark white tie and tails and performed “Minnie the Moocher”. Cab Calloway died on November 18, 1994.
He took pride in his part of the Harlem Renaissance and also mentions Sriver’s Row in his songs ”Hard Times (Topsy Turvy)” and “The Ghost of Smokey Joe.”
Click on the photo below for a link to iTunes to hear all of his music.
Below is a video of Cab Calloway performing his hit “Minnie the Moocher” Live at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
Also, a video clip from the movie “Stormy Weather” (1943) featuring Cab Calloway and his orchestra performing “Jumpin Jive” which ends with the Nicholas Brothers dancing and struttin’ their stuff.
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Destination Harlem TV released it’s second episode today.
This second episode of Destination Harlem TV features highlights from the 2nd Annual “Food & Drink Boulevard” sponsored by the Fredrick Douglass Boulevard Alliance, Historian and Tour Guide Lavelle Porter, William Vargas on Camaradas El Bario and Lydia Patel with Marcia Sells from Columbia University Government and Community Affairs.
Destination Harlem TV “showcases the wonderful people and places that make Harlem what it is today as well as the history that is shaping its future. Episodes will showcase several aspects of Harlem such as Dining, Nightlife, Interviews, History and Community. Destination Harlem TV appeals to Harlem locals, New Yorker’s visiting for a meal or show, tourists on vacation (holiday) and those who are just interested and intrigued by Harlem life.”
- Destination Harlem TV
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