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Minton’s Got July 4th Weekend Jazz

What’s more American than jazz? Move over, apple pie. This Independence Day weekend is all about jazz. And what better way to salute and celebrate this fundamentally American institution than spending it here with us at Minton’s, the birthplace of bebop. This… Continue Reading →

  Brianna will bring her lively, very entertaining show to Ginny’s Supper Club tonight. This is a great early show choice.  I love her dynamic delivery of jazz.  She’s soulful, very skilled and just plain fun.  Show is from 7:30… Continue Reading →

Thursday Nights Pop in Harlem

    I love the flavor that Silvana brings to Harlem.  This is the third establishment offered by owners of Yatenga French Bistro and Shrine World Music Venue.  Silvana offers a fresh variety of musical talent tonight.  It’s worth checking out… Continue Reading →

Nicole Henry Comes to Ginny’s

You must not miss 2013 Soul Train Awards winner Nicole Henry at Ginny’s Supper Club this weekend, September 25th & 26th.  Ms. Henry will light up the room with her pristine, soulful expression, and her always swinging band.  Her rendition… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner with Jimmie Lunceford

James Melvin “Jimmie” Lunceford (June 6, 1902 – July 12, 1947) was an American Jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader in the swing era. Jimmie Lunceford is the odd man out in jazz history. This bandleader made no waves with his musicianship – his preferred… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner With Etta James

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… Continue Reading →

“BLUE SKIES” (New Harlem Meets Old Jazz) MIX

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… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner With Fats Waller

King of the stride, Fats Waller was a colorful comedic personality and jazz legend in the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s.  Waller was an influential pianist, composer, singer and comedic entertainer, whose innovations to the Harlem stride style laid the groundwork… Continue Reading →

Harlem CDC Ribbon Cutting at Richard Parson’s Supper Club Minton’s and The Cecil

Harlem Community Development Corporation (Harlem CDC), state and local officials, and community leaders will celebrate the opening of a Harlem landmark with a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly restored Minton’s and The Cecil restaurants on Saturday, November… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner with Lalah Hathaway

The apple does not fall far from the tree.  A few weeks ago we featured the legendary Donny Hathaway on our Sunday Jazz Corner and in it we briefly mentioned his daughter Lalah.  This week it is all about Lalah… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner With Cab Calloway

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… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner With Rachelle Ferrell

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… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner with Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington’s last words were, “Music is how I live, why I live and how I will be remembered”.  He was an American composer, pianist, and jazz-orchestra leader with a career that spanned more than 50 years.  Ellington led his orchestra from 1923… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner With Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald was known as the “Queen of Jazz“.   An American jazz vocalist with impeccable diction, phrasing and a vocal range spanning three octaves.  She would create and change the notes spontaneously with an effortless improvisational style in perfect… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner with Al Jarreau, George Benson & Jill Scott

What do you get when you mix Jill Scott, Al Jarreau and George Benson together?  One of the best versions of the jazz classic “God Bless The Child” in the last decade.  How can you go wrong with these music… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner With Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1972 by the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.  He was one of the most famous musicians of the Harlem Renaissance. Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner With Sarah Vaughan

Grammy award winning American jazz singer Sarah Vaughan was described as having “one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century.” Biographies of Vaughan frequently stated that she was immediately thrust into stardom after a winning amateur night performance at Harlem‘s Zeus Theater. In… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner With Billie Holiday

Pure Jazz perfection.  Billie Holiday singing the blues live in this video version of Fine and Mellow with Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Gerry Mulligan, Vic Dickenson and Roy Eldridge.  You can see Billie’s talent and vocal gift of… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner With Gil Scott-Heron – Is That Jazz?

Gil Scott-Heron was a jazz and soul, musician, and author, known for his work as a spoken word performer in the 1970s and 1980s.  With a wide range of diverse fans he delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles.  He referred to… Continue Reading →

Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival May 7th-13th

… Mark your calendars and make sure not to miss the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival which will run May 7 – 13, 2012.  “The prestige of the past.  The pulse of the present.” 2012 Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival Re-creates Small’s… Continue Reading →

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