Category: Apollo Theater

March 31st, 2014 by harlemhouse

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We were recently introduced to an extraordinary talent, the globally successful Azania from Sierre Leone, West Africa who now lives right here in our beloved Harlem.  If you want to experience a truly gifted vocalist, you can come to see Azania in the flesh at the APOLLO this Saturday, April 5th at 10 pm.  She will be performing at the Apollo Music Café a variety of soulful originals (visit her website and iTunes link below) along with music from her new album to be released this year.  The Opening Acts: Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew will begin the show.

Tickets are still on sale but going fast.  For ticket information and to read more about Azania please see her Press Release below.  See you this Saturday night at the show!

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PRESS RELEASE: AZANIA

INTERNATIONAL SOUL SONGSTRESS AZANIA LIGHTS UP THE APOLLO MUSIC CAFE!

Date: 03.20.2014
New York, NY

Tickets are now on sale for Azania’s highly anticipated concert at the Apollo Music Cafe on Saturday, April 5th at 10:00pm at 253 West 125th St. in New York City. She’s headlining in the Apollo’s Africa Now! festival. Azania’s award-winning and powerful voice has been described as a mixture of Whitney Houston, Adele and Rachelle Ferrell, that moves her audiences to tears and brings them to their feet uplifted by her energy and joyful spirit. Her rich music is a blend of soul, jazz and funk interlaced with beautiful ballads, and her meaningful lyrics carry insightful messages.

Originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa, Azania has been lighting up stages in Europe, the U.S., Africa and Asia for over 15 years. She has been invited to sing in legendary venues, such as the Blue Note jazz club in New York, as well as in world-renown music festivals such as Montreux Jazz, and has entertained the Presidents of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Malawi.

This concert will feature songs from her highly-acclaimed album, “Rising”, as well as new songs to be released this year on her next album. She will be accompanied by: Shawn Whitley (bass), Justin Mathews (guitar), Lucianna Padmore (drums), Yeissonn Villamar (keyboards), and Gbianka Kotee & Staren Soanes (vocals).

The Apollo Music Cafe is located at: 253 West 125th Street in New York City. Tickets can be purchased online here: www.apollotheater.org/apollo-music-cafe, or for $20 at the door.

For live videos, music, photos, concert dates and more info about Azania, please visit: www.azania.com

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TICKETS

AFRICA NOW! FESTIVAL

APOLLO – LONG LIVE THE MUSIC – Azania Info/tickets

AZANIA IN ESSENCE 

A sample of Azania on iTunes “Looking Ahead

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October 27th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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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.

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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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October 13th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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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.

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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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March 31st, 2013 by harlemcondolife

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Happy Easter Harlem from all of us here at HarlemCondoLife.  With Easter being such an important holiday for many of us here in Harlem (and around the globe) we hope you have a healthy and happy Easter with your family, friends and loved ones.  And take a little time to reflect and give thanks.  Be grateful for today and every day and for those less fortunate than you, send some extra love their way.  For those of you also going to church this morning, where are you having your Easter Sunday lunch/dinner?  Get ready Harlem, it is going to be a busy and blessed day!

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Thank you to all of our loyal readers and followers here at Harlem Condo Life after all these years.  We are happy and grateful to be able to help contribute our little part to the Harlem community at large.  We will continue to keep our blog and content positive, enjoyable and informative.  The original founders of HarlemCondoLife, HarlemCondoLife.com, @HarlemHCL are all still here (minus one) and we are HarlemGuy, NativeNewYorker, HarlemHouse and ICare4Harlem.  We are grateful to our guest bloggers who add various posts, breaking news and their own perspective and views on issues whenever they are able to help us out.  As we say in our Bio,  “We remain a group of friends from diverse backgrounds living in Harlem and sharing news and events with our community and around the globe.  Harlem is universal.  It is an identity known throughout the world.”  We are happy and blessed to be part of Harlem.

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March 6th, 2013 by harlemcondolife

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This is how you stop the Harlem Shake… LOL.  This is the best one yet by far.  I keep saying I will stop posting, but couldn’t resist.  Thanks jl3sport for sending it to Harlem Condo Life.

Enjoy Harlem!

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See our previous Harlem Shake posts –

How To Do The Harlem Shake – A Brief Tutorial                                                      Harlem re-claims the Harlem Shake
The Harlem Shake from a Business Perspective
John O’s Harlem Shake Down – Rapper responds to the Harlem Shake

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September 9th, 2012 by harlemhouse

A reader of HarlemCondoLife informed us about a new 100,000 square-foot development that will be opening at 301-303 125th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard.  The four story building will include a DSW discount shoe store, Joe’s Crab Shack restaurant and Blink Fitness expected to be finished in 2013.  With a Red Lobster opening up next to the Apollo Theater we will soon have two new seafood restaurants on 125th Street.

We recently wrote about the plans for a Whole Foods to be one of many new businesses coming into the development to be built in the vacant lot on 125th Street and Lenox Avenue.  With the landmark Apollo Theater and all of the traffic  that it brings from all over the city I imagine this will only increase this busy 125th Street area.  WIth the heavily trafficked restaurants on Lenox Avenue, Red Rooster, Sylvia’s, Corner Social and the newly opened Les Ambassades there are plenty of great restaurants to eat at after an afternoon of shopping.  Also Cedric Bistro and Billie’s Black on 119th Street and too many restaurants to list on Frederick Douglass Boulevard which is now referred to as Harlem’s Restaurant Row.

Harlem’s 125th Street is a dynamic retail neighborhood with a wide variety of restaurants and a tremendous amount of foot traffic surrounding the area.  With subway lines on both Lenox Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard, the amount of retail space, community residents and colleges in the surrounding area it is not surprising that Harlem is starting to attract more chain retailers.

*You can also follow us for more news and updates on twitter @HarlemHCL

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July 10th, 2012 by harlemhouse

The time has come!!!  Another Sundae Sermon finally approaches this Sunday July 15th from 2 – 7pm in Morningside Park.  Alongside DJ Stormin’ Norman this Sunday will be the one and only DJ Spinna.  If that isn’t enough the event will be hosted by Bevy Smith and the cast of FELA! which returns to Broadway July 9, 2012.

Sundae Sermon is Good Music For Good People.  Come by this Sunday and see what you’ve been missing or come back to what you already know.  Bring your kids, the family, a date, your parents, girlfriend, husband, neighbor… whatever this party is for everyone who likes music that makes you feel good.  Sundae Sermon Harlem’s number one outdoor party!

See you there…

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DJ Stormin’ Norman

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May 15th, 2012 by harlemhouse

This Thursday night on May 17th the 11th Annual “A Great Night In Harlem” concert will be held at the Apollo Theater.  The event starts at 7PM and tickets are still available for this star studded event including an exciting line up of celebrities and musicians.

Special Guest – Quincy Jones
Performances by Macy Gray, Bono, Randy Weston, Bettye LaVette, Sweet Georgia Brown, Bill Saxton, Dr. John, Pacquito D’Rivera, Rebirth Brass Band, Treme Brass Band and Stanley Jordan just to name a few
Comedy stand up by: Darrell Hammond

The 2012 Gala Honoree:  Claude Nobs

For more information on this event including ticket prices and the full list of performers please click on the link.

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October 18th, 2011 by harlemhouse


By HarlemHouse

You do not want to miss this special event at Nectar Wine Bar Saturday October 22nd.  Join the Nectar team as they turn over the kitchen to Chef Joseph “JJ” Johnson.  Experience why he won Rocco’s Dinner Party with his flair at turning the ordinary into extraordinary.  Guests will be delighted with four pairs of food & wine from Napa’s handcrafted Joseph Carr Winery.  Chef Joseph “JJ” Johnson & Joseph Carr will engage guests with their insights on this autumnal menu of culinary delights.

We are long time fans of both Nectar and Harlem Vintage (see our original review NECTAR) and look forward to enjoying another one of their wine dinners.  The last event I attended was several years ago at Amy Ruth’s Restaurant (upstairs) that HarlemVintage collaborated with Amy Ruth’s and it was delicious!

Nectar Pairing Event – at Nectar Wine Bar 2235 frederick Douglass Blvd #212-961-9622.
Date – Saturday, October 22, 2011
At 6PM there will be a Champagne Reception.  The Pairing Presentation will be at 7PM – 9PM.
Tickets are $50 per person (order online at nectarpairingevent.eventbrite.com)

See you there!
HH

* Deejay Amanda Diva will be spinning at Saturday Spin After Party.

Limited number of seats available  – Get yours today!
For tickets visit eventbrite.com link above.
 
Saturday Spin After Party with 
TV Personality/ Artist / Deejay Amanda Diva 
Open to Public  – free admission
 
For more information contact:
events@nectarwinenyc.com or call 212.866.wine

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July 23rd, 2011 by harlemhouse

SUMMER JAZZ MIX (Vol. 2) RHYTHMDB

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By HarlemHouse                                                                                                                   Summer Jazz Vol. 2 is a follow up to Summer Jazz Vol. 1 with a mixture of classic jazz standards along with cool remixes adding a contemporary edge. The first Summer Jazz mix was one of HarlemCondoLife’s favorites.  Vol. 2 moves smoothly from Gegory Porter to Esperanza Spalding, Jill Scott, Billie Holiday, Ella, Chet, Sarah Vaughn, DJ Cam, the Gotan Project  and a whole lot more…  (See playlist below)

As always we aim to bring you a variety of different music mixes on various collections to enjoy at your leisure, whether at home, work or just while browsing through our posts on HarlemCondoLife.

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Jazz is Harlem… Happy listening and hope you enjoy the mix!  HH.

PLAYLIST —

SUMMER JAZZ MIX (Volume 2) RHYTHMDB                                                       1)Feeling Good – Gregory Porter (intro Edit)// 2)Little Fly – Esperanza Spalding// 3)I’ll Remember April – Chet Baker// 4)Lover Man – Sarah Vaughan (Remix)// 5)When I Wake Up – Jill Scott// 6)Lady Sings the Blues – Billie Holiday// 7)Un ete a Paris – DJ Cam// 8)Mi Confesion – Gotan Project// 9)Angel Eyes – Ella Fitzgerald// 10)I need A Dollar – Aloe Blacc//11)God Bless The Child – Jill Scott, Al Jarreau & George Benson// 12)Illusion – Gregory Porter// 13)My Funny Valentine (Live) – Chaka Khan//14)Ver de Cabo di Nhas Odjos – Cesaria Evora// 15)Stay Together – Ledisi & Jaheim// 16)Make My Day – Waldeck (Parov Stelar Mix)// 17)Lover Come Back – Swing Republic feat. Nat King Cole// 18)That’s How Life Goes – Janita// 19)Manana – Souleance// 20)That Old Devil Called Love – Chet Baker// 21)All of A Sudden My Heart Sings – Shirley Horn// 22)Yesterdays – Billie Holiday (Junior Boys Trippy Mix)

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