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2016 HARLEM WEEK events this summer start this weekend – Full Schedule

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HARLEM WEEK 2016 is about to begin a month long schedule filled with a series of events for all age groups uptown.  To start things off, the HarlemMusicFest Gospel Caravan Celebrates “A Great Day in Harlem” this Sunday (7/31) from 3:00pm-4:30pm with performances by Grammy Award winning gospel performer, Donnie McClurkin featuring McDonalds Gospel SuperChoir, Harlem Heritage United Choir (Korea) and Bishop

Enrich your hearts, minds and souls this Happy Easter

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Copyright Herve’ Jean-Baptiste

Happy Easter Harlem.

Souls

If  you are looking for some great gospel music to help you celebrate this oh so very special day check out  our hand picked selection of podcasts.

Hearts and minds

If you are looking for guidance regarding the furor over the religious freedom laws, take a moment to read this inspirational OpEd piece by Frank Bruni of the New York Times called “Bigotry, the Bible and the Lessons of Indiana“.

All gospel and spirituals concert in Harlem!

Spirituals 2014 concert card

Your spirit will soar! You’ll clap your hands! You’ll shout for joy!
The SymphoNYChorus presents the best of gospel and spirituals.
LET ME FLY
Songs of Struggle and Victory
Friday, May 9, 8pm
St. Andrew’s Harlem- 127th St. and 5th Ave.
FREE admission

Sunday Jazz Corner With Etta James

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The one and only Etta James.  It is sad to think we have just only recently lost Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins)  on January 20, 2012.  She was born January 25, 1938 and she died five days before her birthday on which she would have been 74 years old.  James was known as an American singer-songwriter.  Her style spanned a variety of music genres including blues, jazz, R&B, soul, rock and gospel.  Whenever anyone thinks of the jazz classic “At Last” they think of Etta James.  Etta’s version as compared to versions by other jazz singers, belonged to her.

James was married to her husband Artis Mills, whom she married in 1969.  They had two sons, Donto and Sametto.  Both started performing with their mother — Donto played drums at Montreux in 1993, and Sametto played bass guitar circa 2003 with his mom.  Etta James battled with Heroin addiction for years and her husband Mr. Mills served a 10-year prison sentence for heroin possession.

From 1989, James received over 30 awards and recognitions from eight different organizations, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences which organizes the Grammys.

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Now perhaps more trendy than ever Etta James is a “cult hero” with producers and remixers waiting in line to remix her legendary sound and style.  We continue to hear her though samples in rap, hip hop, electronic and pop music of today.  Her legacy lives on through blues and jazz singers in clubs worldwide honoring her sound.  Here she is singing “At Last” as only she could.  And the second video is of a young Etta James singing “Got A Hold On Me.”

At Last (live) [VIDEO] – Etta James

Somethings Got A Hold On Me (Live) [VIDEO] – Etta James