May 5th, 2015 by harlemhouse

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Experience: Harlem & Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance Invite you to the 4th Annual Food & Drink Boulevard Summer Kick-off. An Evening of Food, Cocktails, Music and Entertainment o Harlem’s Restaurant Row.

Today, Tuesday May 5, 2015
6:00PM – 10:00PM on Frederick Douglass Blvd.
From 111th – 119th Streets.
Tickets fdb.eventbrite.com.

Featuring:
5 & Diamond
67 Orange Street
Bluejeen
Cédric
Harlem Food Bar
Harlem Tavern
Jado Sushi
Les Ambassades
Levain Bakery
Lido
LoLo’s Seafood Shack
Melba’s
The Park 112
Silvana
Vinateria

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November 3rd, 2014 by HarlemMom

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We stopped by HFB on Thursday to try the fried chicken after hearing the buzz about it and we were so happy we did.  Wow!.. and I’m not kidding.

The chicken was D-licious.  Moist, tasty and crispy but not greasy.  It was accompanied by creamy mashed potatoes and green beans that snap when you bite into them.  Luckily, we managed to score one of the last servings.  I had it with my favorite happy hour drink there, the Watermelon Martini which I like on the rocks.

All I could say during my meal to my husband was, ” I’m in heaven”. So see you there next Thursday as I can’t wait to go back for more! =)

Harlem Food Bar
2100 Frederick Douglass Blvd
bet 113th & 114th Streets
212-222-9570

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July 8th, 2014 by harlemhouse

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Spice it up this month with SUMMER SIZZLES ON LENOX – Sidewalk Cafe Crawl  in Harlem!  This is a great way to preview many restaurants you have been wanting to visit.  Check out Barawine, BLVD Bistro, Chéri  Harlem, Chez Lucienne, Corner Sociel, Cove Lounge, Harlem Shake, La Bodega 47, Lenox Saphire, Red Rooster Harlem, Settepani and Sylvia’s Restaurant all participating in this special event.   Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

2-for-1 advance tickets are available now at $10.00.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

#LENOXSIZZLES

@xperienceharlem

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December 29th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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Available now for download on iTunes Blue Skies (Vol. 2).  A smooth blend of classic jazz with new remixes that will get your party started right.  This FREE DOWNLOAD is a continuation of Blue Skies (Vol. 1) which is also available on iTunes Podcasts.  Play them back to back for a solid 3 hours of jazz classics and remixes of all different kinds of styles including some rare remixes.  GREAT for a cocktail party or just chilling at home.  These were made available to several restaurants / bars locally here in Harlem (including Harlem Food Bar earlier last month) but now you can download them both for your enjoyment.  (Any other restaurants/bars that are interested in advanced future podcasts, please contact us at HarlemCondoLife@gmail.com HarlemCondoLife.com.) 

Click on link below to download Blue Skies Vol.2 podcast and to see the playlist.  Enjoy!

DOWNLOAD: Blue Skies Vol. 2 (New Harlem Meets Old Jazz)

PLAYLIST – (coming soon)

(The Model on the cover art is Hali Kai Burns. Friend to our blog and one of our favorite New York City Models Hali Kai)

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December 15th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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It’s been awhile since our last podcast but we are happy to say that Blue Skies (Vol. 1) is now ready for FREE DOWNLOAD on iTunes for your listening pleasure.  On this mix you can expect to hear a few modern day remixers from trap to club mixed together with old jazz classics.  Including a spoken word intro from “Lady Sings The Blues” soundtrack, the Billie Holiday story.  Also a spoken word jazz remix of Ursula Rucker and a beautiful track by Meshell Ndegeocello – Four Women (Pour use ame souveraine) –  a dedication to Nina Simone.

See the full playlist below.  Pour yourself a cup of coffee, a martini or glass of wine and enjoy some classic jazz with new remixes that will get your party started right.

DOWNLOAD: Blue Skies (New Harlem Meets Old Jazz) Vol. 1

PLAYLIST –

1. Intro – Billie Sneaks Into Dean & Dean’s / Swingin’ Uptown
2. Ain’t Nobody’s Business – Billie Holiday
3. God Bless The Child (Remix Edit) – Billie Holiday
4. Corcovado (TOKiMONSTA Remix) Getz & Gilberto
5. Supa Sista (Society Nu’mericana Jazz Mix) – Ursula Rucker
6. Georgia On My Mind (Brown Stone Mix) – Ray Charles
7. I Love…Dub (Edit) – Funky DL
8. I’ve Got You Under My Skin (DJ Carnage & Victor Niglio Mix) – Dinah Washington
9. Bei mir bist du schon (Dub) – Waldeck
10. Avenue du Gare (Martini Dub Mix) – Tape Five
11. Four Women (Dedication to Nina Simone) – Meshell Ndegeocello
12. Blue Skies (Maya Jane Coles Mix) – Ella Fitzgerald
13. My Man – Billie Holiday
14. My Man (Toro Y Moi Dub Mix) – Billie Holiday
15. So Nice (Summer Samba) (Azari & Ill Mix) – Astrud Gilberto
16. Haunted Town (Remix Edit) – Lena Horne
17. Bodysnatchin’ (On the Isle) – Rubberoom
18. Right Here – DJ Mitsu
19. Fly Me To The Moon (Kaskade Remix) – Astrud Gilberto
20. Tequila (Pistel Remix) – The Champs
21. Mama Guela (STUHR Remix) – Tito Rodriguez
22. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (Zeds Dead Remix) – Nina Simone
23. Feeling Good (Bassnectar Dub Edit) – Nina Simone
24. All Night – Billa Quase
25. Just Move (Remix Edit) – Uneeq

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September 22nd, 2013 by harlemhouse

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For those who don’t know, you need to know.  For those who do know, you don’t need me telling you why Rachelle Ferrell is so respected and admired by all of our musical greats and in the jazz community.  There is a reason Jennifer Hudson, Gladys Night, Stevie Wonder and the list goes on and on, can be found at one her live performances.  With a little bit of Sarah Vaughan to a little bit of just about everything but the kitchen sink, this contemporary jazz artist creates, channels and delivers styles that nobody has even heard of yet.  This is someone that was born to sing and perform music.  We hear over and over about certain singers and hopeful talent rising up in the business who are tagged with the word unique.  I’m encouraged to watch these new singers to develop and grow.  Rachelle Ferrell on the other hand is the definition of the word “unique.”
But don’t take my word for it just listen to what “the voice” can do.

Here are two videos  (live) below showing off her jaw dropping vocal abilities and her passionate commitment in how it is delivered.

Rachelle Ferrell – I Can Explain (live)

Rachelle Ferrell & Jennifer Hudson, Improvisational (live) moment on stage

Visit her great collection of music on iTunes.

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September 15th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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A Song For You, was written by Leon Russell in 1970 and is considered an American classic.  Many performers have sung this song, from jazz icons to pop superstar Elton John.  But nobody has sang it quite like Donny Hathaway.  This song is a great example of how a really powerful ballad can transcend all genres and styles of singers from rock to soul, blues to jazz, pop to country.  Donny’s version brings out the soulful core of this heartfelt classic with his distinct vocal timing and texture and emotion bringing it to a level that few performers can reach with such conviction and truth.  You really believe those lyrics that he is singing.  There is no doubt in our minds that he has lived this song and he commands our complete attention with that touch of church added to it from his early gospel roots where he sang in the church choir with his Grandmother, who was a professional gospel singer herself.  It definitely ranks in the top 10 songs written of all time, if not in the top five.

Donny Edward Hathaway was an American jazz, blues, soul, and gospel vocalist and musician.  Known for his own songs and solo career he also had many hits with vocalist and friend Roberta Flack, including “Where Is The Love” and “The Closer I Get To You”.  His friendship with Roberta Flack goes back to college days where they attended Howard University together and remained friends until Donny’s death in 1979.  It is reported Mr. Hathaway was found dead on the sidewalk below the window of his 15th-floor room in New York’s Essex House hotel, and that he had jumped from the balcony.  His life ended tragically and way too soon.  It is written he had battled with psychological issues throughout the best part of his career.  He began to suffer from severe bouts of depression and it was found that he was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.  Over the course of the 1970s, Hathaway’s mental instability wreaked havoc on his life and required several hospitalizations.  The effects of his melancholia also drove a wedge in Flack and Hathaway’s friendship; they did not reconcile for several years, and did not release additional music until the successful release of “The Closer I Get To You” in 1978.  Flack and Hathaway then resumed studio recording to compose a second album of duets.

Hathaway and his wife, Eulaulah, had two daughters, Eulaulah Donyll (Lalah Hathaway) and Kenya.  Lalah has enjoyed a successful solo career, while Kenya is one of the three backing vocalists on the hit TV program American Idol.  He also had another daughter, Donnita Hathaway.  If you do not have any music by Donny Hathaway here is a great starter album for you to buy A Donny Hathaway Collection.  He remains one of the finest singers of our time.

Here is Donny Hathaway singing Live  1) A Song For You and below it is the original version, 2) A Song For You by Leon Russell.  Not just anyone can write a song like this.  When you listen to Leon’s version, you can almost hear the song “visually” through his humble conviction and the sincerity in which he sings it.  A timeless song transcends through all musical styles.  The final video is a duet with Roberta Flack, 3) You Are My Heaven, which was co-written by Stevie Wonder for Donny Hathaway.  He had a lot of angels in his corner.  A very sad ending for an incredible talent.  As one of the commenters writes in the comments section below, “this is music at its best.”

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August 6th, 2012 by harlemhouse

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For those of you who may have missed this, here is a great write up on many of the new restaurants,  lounges and bars that have opened here in Harlem on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Lenox Avenue and other Streets.  In reading this review Harlem’s Foodie Renaissance by David Kaufman you really see the variation of choices and how many options we now have.  Just to name a few (and ones that we have also written about and reviewed) are Cove Lounge, Corner Social, Bier International, Harlem Tavern, Harlem Food Bar, Jado Sushi, Cedric Bistro and Bad Horse Pizza.

As we have said before Harlem is a Hot Spot and has everything you need. There is really no need to go below 110th Street anymore all of your needs can be found right here in Harlem.

Support your local Harlem restaurants and businesses and continue to help them to grow and get the recognition that they deserve in articles like this.

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January 1st, 2012 by harlemhouse

“I’m always thinking about creating.  My future starts when I wake up every morning… Every day I find something creative to do with my life.”

– Miles Davis

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April 29th, 2010 by harlemhouse

By HarlemHouse

HIP HOP SOUL JAM – A Celebration of Emerging Artists Performing For a Cause

Next Thursday May 6th, 2010 at The Shrine Bar in Harlem, marks the launch of Hip-Hop Soul Jam, a quarterly performance series showcasing emerging hip hop soul artists making music for a purpose.  The event, conceived and produced by Hip Hop Saves Lives Founder Chad Harper, aims to expose new and positive talent in the hip hop soul community, while using the power of genre of vital causes.

The event format will feature live performances by select local and international acts, highlight and benefit a chosen charity, and conclude with a DJ led dance party celebrating music genres of the Black Diaspora and bringing together actors in the entertainment community.

“We want to give a spotlight to quality hip hop soul artists, those with a focus on saying something and creating music with artistic integrity, while showing the power of hip hop soul to effect change on a global level. We’ll place emphasis on acts who follow their words with actions, personifying Hip Hop Saves Lives’ motto, ‘We don’t just talk about it, we be about it,’” Harper said. To this end he has teamed up with co-producer Jake Bright, a DJ and Director of African focused Cocody Productions, twice recognized by award winning radio program Afropop Worldwide and having produced events for The Touch Foundation and Alicia Keys’ Keep a Child Alive.

The inaugural event will feature performances by local artists including Gene Pritsker´s Sound Liberation, the concert will also feature Nahdi, Squala Orphan, Clarisa Rose, R-Kitech and Chanda Rule, as well Babaluku of Uganda and Makhtar from Senegal. The evening’s donations will benefit Charity Water (charitywater.org), which is currently working on providing earthquake survivors of Haiti with clean drinking water. Evening will also include a special photographic exhibit on Haiti by Bennett Raglin. AOC Fine Wines is sponsoring the red carpet reception.  

Hip Hop Saves Lives, founded by Chad Harper is a charitable/entertainment organization dedicated to using the powerof hip hop for global change. Its primary focus is clean water wells for Africa and educating the hip hop community on living green. Coming ventures include an on-line radio and TV show, news letter, and magazine  www.hiphopsaveslives.org


Shrine Bar, themed after the legendary artist Fela Kuti’s bar of the same name, is one of New York’s pre-eminent live music venues (www.shrinenyc.com).

See you all there!   HH

(red carpet interviews and wine reception 8:00pm – 8:45)


Cocody Productions (pronounced Cocoa Dee), formed in New York by Directors Tunde Agboke, Jake Bright, and Ken Oriwa, produces upscale events showcasing art, music, film, non-profit activities, business, and fashion of Africa and the African Diaspora.  CONTACT: Jake Bright  347-204-7576 // Jake@Cocodyproductions.net


*To read the full artile on this event click on the link below
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HIP HOP SOUL JAM – Thursday May 6th
from 9pm – 1am at The Shrine Bar
2271 Adam Clayron Powell Jr. Blvd,
bet. 133rd & 134th St. New York, NY

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For more information about Hip Hop Soul Jam, Hip Hop Saves Lives and Cocody Productions please contact Chad Harper at Chadharper@hiphopsaveslives.org or Jake Bright at Jake@cocodyproductions.net

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