I usually regard 110th Street as the southern boundary of Harlem but I am willing to stretch my definition to post about a terrific event in Central Park this Saturday presented by Jazzmobile and the Central Park Conservancy. As the CPC website says: “Bring your dancing shoes and a picnic blanket, and enjoy a wonderful afternoon of art and international jazz music in Central Park at the annual Great Jazz on the Great Hill event”. The afternoon begins at 1pm with a 1-hour workshop led by artist Emmett Wigglesworth in
which participants can contribute to a jazz-inspired abstract mural that will be displayed during the concert.
The music starts at 2pm with a line-up that includes Jimmy Heath, Ray Mantilla, Dion Parson and the 21st Century Band, and Brianna Thomas, winner of the 2009 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition. The workshop and concert are free. Spoonbread Too Restaurant and Greenmarket farmers will be providing food (which is not free). Check it out!
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Art Workshop
Central Park, The Children’s Glade
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Jazz Concert
Central Park on the Great Hill
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The Associated Press reported on Sunday that Robert Graham, the Mexican/American sculptor who created the Duke Ellington Sculpture at 110th Street and 5th Avenue in East Harlem, died on Saturday at the age of 70. Graham designed a number of works all over the U.S., but for Harlem he designed the famous piece that now stands tall at the Duke Ellington Memorial Circle. To read more about this amazing piece of art work created by Graham, go to Central Park Conservancy.
Robert Graham, 1938-2008